Weeks after mainstream media outlets called the presidential race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the president’s legal team continues to pursue its attempt to prove in court that Donald Trump would have been re-elected if not for rampant voter fraud.
Even as that political battle plays out, Trump also weighed in this week on another important electoral fight by urging his supporters in Georgia to head to the polls in January for a pair of U.S. Senate runoff races.
Senate majority at stake
The balance of power in the Senate is at stake with the GOP currently holding a slim 50-48 majority in the chamber.
Nevertheless, some reports show Republican voters upset about the outcome of the presidential race are considering a boycott of the runoff races.
Trump had been relatively quiet about the impending battle, including another faceoff between GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and their respective Democratic rivals, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
If at least one of the Republicans prevails, Republicans are set to maintain control of the Senate, thus establishing a firewall in the event that Democrats hold on to a majority in the House of Representatives and Biden is inaugurated as the next president.
In a tweet on Friday, the president made it clear that he understands the high stakes of the runoff races, even announcing that he would be visiting the state to campaign for Perdue and Loeffler.
“Two GREAT people”
His tweet was in direct response to a Newsmax report showing that a number of GOP voters were considering a boycott of the election.
“No, the 2020 Election was a total scam, we won by a lot (and will hopefully turn over the fraudulent result), but we must get out and help David and Kelly, two GREAT people,” he advised. “Otherwise we are playing right into the hands of some very sick people.”
The boycott movement gained steam with the support of prominent attorney Lin Wood, who suggested last week that the Republican senators had not sufficiently aided the Trump campaign’s effort to overturn the election results.
She tweeted that Georgia Trump supporters should “threaten to withhold your votes & money,” drawing some support but plenty of criticism from her own side of the aisle.
For Atlanta Tea Party founder Debbie Dooley, the suggestion amounted to “cutting off your nose to spite your face.”