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While Democrats have been mostly united in their support for Joe Biden’s apparent victory in the 2020 presidential election, infighting amongst Republicans has already begun. Republicans are mixed on their feelings toward this election, with some arguing that the GOP should be standing firmly behind President Trump’s recount efforts and that any talk of conceding the election amounts to a betrayal of the party’s recently-discovered unity. Others appear to think the writing is on the wall and that it would be reasonable to accept a Biden victory. President Trump’s coalition has grown to represent the working class and a more diverse Republican base. Still, recent bickering has the potential to cause irreparable harm to this coalition before control over the Senate is secured.
Shortly after the mainstream media projected Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, many Republicans began to sound the alarm on a pre-emptive declaration before the Trump campaign’s litigation is fully settled. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) was attacked by fellow freshman GOP congresswoman Marjorie Greene (R-GA) for even acknowledging the possibility of a Trump defeat early on. Countless other conservatives on Twitter slammed the veteran and congressman for not doing his part in defending President Trump’s record.
This suggestion is revisionist, especially considering Rep. Crenshaw’s longstanding support for the Trump administration and conservative values. Crenshaw even acknowledged later that merely pointing out the potential for defeat was not a loser mentality and did not undermine his support for President Trump, but the damage had been done. Other influential conservatives on Twitter pounced on Republicans for not sufficiently supporting Trump’s refusal to concede the election. Bizarrely, these same conservatives even criticized top Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not refuting the media’s declaration of a Biden win.
Republican squabbling seems to be coming from misunderstandings of what Trump supporters and detractors see as a fraud. The Trump campaign appears to have blundered in media statements when initially filing lawsuits in key swings states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, describing some inaccuracies with ballot-counting as widespread fraud. The questionable data coming to light is either negligence with ballot verification – be that intentional or otherwise – or bugs in election systems. It could also be a more nefarious exercise in what was once known as ballot-box stuffing.
The media pounced on the Trump campaign’s alleged mischaracterization of the issue and is running with the narrative that the Trump team honestly believes widespread voter fraud occurred. Litigation in states like Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania will probably expose anywhere from hundreds to a few thousand missing votes for Trump. However, at this time, it appears unlikely that this will ultimately change the results of the election.
The mainstream media revels in the potential for Republican infighting, especially when pointing out Twitter spats between moderate and more radical members of the Republican Party. They fear the massive electoral success Republicans have seen in the House and Senate, proving once and for all that polling means little to nothing come Election Day. All eyes turn to Georgia for the Senate runoff elections on January 5, which will decide our country’s legislative fate for the next two years.
Biden’s victory may be confirmed after recounts and litigation. If it is, then Republicans will have to remain united and refrain from infighting if they hope to maintain the coalition that Trump began. Georgia’s Senate races will either bury President Trump’s massive new coalition or revitalize it for at least the next two years.
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