According to The Daily Beast, a super PAC tied to longtime GOP operative Roger Stone is calling on Trump supporters to either boycott Georgia’s Senate runoff elections or write in President Trump in an effort to punish Republicans for not backing Trump’s baseless election fraud claims.
The movement remains on the fringe, the news outlet reported, but Republicans are still fearful that it could cost them control of the Senate.
The most aggressive call to boycott or cast protest ballots in the two runoff races has, so far, come from a dormant pro-Trump super PAC with ties to Stone that unveiled a new initiative to retaliate against the Republican Party’s supposed turncoats by handing Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.
The group, dubbed the Committee for American Sovereignty, unveiled a new website encouraging Georgia Republicans to write in Trump’s name in both of the upcoming Senate runoff elections, which could determine the party that controls the upper chamber during President-elect Joe Biden’s first two years in office.
The PAC’s argument is that taking this action will not only show support for Trump but also force Republicans to weigh in on the election fraud conspiracy theories Trump and his allies have been pushing since Election Day.
On its new website, the group wrote: “If we can do this, we have a real chance at getting these RINO senators to act on the illegitimate and corrupt election presided over by a Democrat party that is invested in the Communist takeover of Our Great Nation.”
“We will not stop fighting for you, the American Patriot, against the evils of Socialism and inferior Religions,” it continued.
The goal, those operatives say, is to expose a supposed vast election-fraud conspiracy abetted by high-level Republicans in Georgia’s state government, including Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The Daily Beast noted that the Committee for American Sovereignty, as well as a sister nonprofit group, were established in 2016 “as vehicles for prominent pro-Trump operatives—most notably Stone and former Blackwater chief Erik Prince—to attempt to suppress the Black vote by amplifying baseless claims that Bill Clinton had a biracial son.”
Georgia’s runoff elections, which could see Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue lose their seats, are expected to be tight even without defections, the news outlet reported.
Newt Gingrich told The Daily Beast he is worried there will be “a very big problem with getting Republicans to turn out.”
He also said he believes that Democrats will try to steal both Senate elections, predicting that the Republicans “could actually win the popular vote but not win the counted vote.”
Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh told his audience last week that “Never Trump” Republicans are now desperate for Trump supporters votes, after having ridiculed them for supporting the president — but he ultimately encouraged listeners to vote for Loeffler and Perdue anyway.
“It’s funny how these Never Trump people want us to save their bacon right now while they sat on their butts and ridiculed Trump and us for voting for him,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh eventually urged his audience to vote for Loeffler and Perdue anyway. But pro-Trump Georgia lawyer Lin Wood, who sued Georgia in an attempt to stop the state’s vote certification, tweeted Saturday that he wouldn’t vote in the runoff unless Loeffler and Perdue took more actions against his claims of Election Day voter fraud.
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