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Over the past few weeks, Republican infighting, which had been roiling on social media, mostly remained harmless in terms of the party’s grand strategy for the next few years. Although Republicans generally saw favorable results in the most recent election aside from the presidential vote, the light at the end of the tunnel seemed to dim this past week.
Attorney Lin Wood has been in the headlines recently for his litigation on behalf of President Trump against the certification of Georgia’s presidential election results. Recently, Wood has been criticized by Republicans for suggesting on Twitter that voting in the Senate runoff races would be a waste of time due to ongoing allegations of voter fraud in the presidential election. Notable GOPers such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, political commentator Ben Shapiro, and House Republican Dan Crenshaw have all directly called out Wood and fellow attorney Sidney Powell on Twitter for their efforts in sowing distrust in the runoff election scheduled to occur in January.
To be clear, allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities are still being contended in court, but to spread distrust among Georgia Republican voters as part of a boycott of outrage against state officials is not profitable. The ongoing litigation should be allowed to continue, and Republicans should still pour money and resources into the two runoff elections that can directly change the Senate’s power balance come January. Democratic promises of court packing and an end to the legislative filibuster threaten the system of checks and balances in our government. Progressive pet projects such as the Green New Deal, statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., and reparations will all be on the table if the Democrats take control of the Senate.
Most Republicans have come out in force on Twitter against the rhetoric of Wood and Powell, and the lawyers have begun walking back their comments in media interviews and tweets due to the mainstream Republican backlash on social media against their election fearmongering. Democrats have been taking advantage of this friction within the Republican Party and especially the Trump coalition. This cold war commenced with many Republicans turning away from Fox News to other media sources such as Newsmax, which has already managed to anger Republicans in its newfound audience. Dozens of Twitter users with “Republicans4Biden” in their bios misleadingly echoed calls to boycott the election as if they were legitimate conservatives, taking advantage of the lack of consensus among Republicans on how to proceed in Georgia.
Republican Party messaging has been muddy water this election cycle. If Trump does depart the White House, the GOP may splinter between the president’s supporters and those mainstream Republicans who did not support contesting the election. Thankfully, the party’s influential voices have come out firmly against the defeatist attitudes that seized headlines last week and early this week. Republicans overwhelmingly understand that losing hope may result in their party losing majorities in Congress, which is the only obstacle to progressive dominance in government even if Biden is certified as the winner of the 2020 election.
Anger toward Georgia’s governor and secretary of state is understandable. Still, baseless electoral fraud claims before an election even takes place is a strategy that should remain solely in the Democratic playbook. Fear of the future should not discourage voters, especially Republicans, in the face of the radical left’s increasing desire to destroy America as we know it.
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