Trump loyalists are leading a ‘takeover’ of local Republican parties across Georgia

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during a “Save America” rally in Perry, Ga., on September 25, 2021.

  • Trump loyalists have become the dominant voice in many GOP chapters across Georgia, per the AJC.
  • The sea change threatens GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, who is loathed by the former president.
  • The wave of new leadership is set to shift the party’s agenda on the local and state levels.

For decades, Cobb County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, boasted one of the most influential Republican Party chapters in the state, propelling the careers of well-known lawmakers like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Johnny Isakson.

However, in recent years, what was once a solidly Republican suburban bastion has morphed into a politically-competitive jurisdiction where Democrats have been ascendant over the last decade – which culminated in President Joe Biden’s countywide victory in the 2020 election, along with the locality backing Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in their respective races earlier this year.

In the wake of Georgia supporting Biden in 2020, local Republican chapters – including the Cobb County GOP – have become increasingly dominated by loyalists of former President Donald Trump, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who was endorsed by Trump in 2018, is now on the outs with the former president after refusing to overturn Biden’s victory in Georgia last fall, rejecting calls to initiate a legislative session to install pro-Trump electors.

Now, animosity against the sitting GOP governor has spread from the party’s kingmaker to the grassroots level.

Four years ago, Kemp was welcomed with open arms by the Cobb County GOP when he kicked off his nascent gubernatorial bid. However, in late September, he was censured by the organization for failing to meet campaign promises on immigration, party chairperson Salleigh Grubbs told the Marietta Daily Journal.

“[Kemp] has consistently said, ‘I’ve got a big truck in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself,'” she told the publication, alluding to a widely-viewed advertisement from the governor’s first campaign. “So the resolution portion of it says that Gov. Brian Kemp be censured for his failure to keep his campaign promises and meet his obligations to end illegal immigration in the state of Georgia.”

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Rep. Jody Hice is running in a GOP primary to oust Brad Raffensperger as Georgia’s secretary of state. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Hice in the race.

‘They just wanted a clean sweep’

Trump boosters are now driving the agenda within local GOP chapters, even more so now that the former president continues to repeat debunked claims about the 2020 election and tease a potential 2024 campaign.

According to the AJC, Trump loyalists have wrestled control of the local GOP machinery “in at least a dozen counties” in Georgia; while the loyalists have brought new energy to the local organizations, they have also “contributed to the ongoing friction” that the party must overcome to win in 2022.

Trump has so far refused to endorse Kemp in 2022, and he’s eagerly seeking to replace Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger with conservative Rep. Jody Hice next year. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who has been highly critical of the former president’s election claims, declined to run for reelection in 2022. And former NFL star Herschel Walker is the leading 2022 Republican Senate candidate to contest Democrat Raphael Warnock in what will likely shape up as one of the most competitive races in the country.

DeAnna Harris, who leads the Cobb County Young Republicans and opposed the censure of Kemp, told the AJC that it was essential for the GOP to present a united front to voters.

“All families have disagreements, but we’ve got to learn how to disagree in private and move forward in public together,” she said. “Because it’s going to set the stage for next year – and the next presidential election.”

Harris also said that the “Trump takeover” is not just about optics, but is indicative of allies having a say in the party agenda, along with their ability to recruit candidates and spread their message to voters.

Trump for years has rebuked party members who were not firmly in his camp, and his loyalists are waging “internal war on mainstream Republicans who long controlled the gears of power,” according to the AJC.

In recent months, the changes within local parties have been swift.

Kerry Luedke, who chaired the Cherokee County GOP for much of 2020 and focused on turnout efforts, told the AJC that she was ousted from her post after a wave of activists arrived, inspired by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s call for loyalists to seize control of the party.

“While I was out there knocking on doors for the runoff candidates, they were Christmas shopping. But in their view, we had to go,” she said. “It didn’t really matter to some of these activists what we had done. They just wanted a clean sweep.”

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Herschel Walker nixes fundraiser with supporter who had swastika featured on Twitter profile: report

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Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a rally featuring former President Donald Trump in Perry, Ga., on September 25, 2021.

  • Herschel Walker canceled an event with a film producer who until recently had a swastika on her social media page, per the AJC.
  • Walker’s campaign said the event would not move forward at the home of Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais.
  • The campaign initially said that the image was “clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic.”

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker nixed a fundraiser with a conservative film producer who until recently featured an image of a swastika on her Twitter page, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Twitter profile of Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais had a group of syringes set into place to resemble a swastika, according to the AJC. After the piece was published, the symbol was reportedly removed from her Twitter page.

The event was called just off hours after the campaign argued that the symbol on the page was not a swastika, per the AJC. The symbol was “clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic,” Walker’s campaign said at first, rejecting the notion that the former NFL star would condone such a message.

Walker’s campaign released a stronger statement later, rebuking the image and saying the planned event had been scrapped.

“Despite the fact that the apparent intent behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates,” the campaign said, “the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”

Walker is currently running in the GOP primary to face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock next year in what is expected to be one of the marquee US Senate races in the country.

“The previously scheduled event has been called off. Herschel is a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes hatred and bigotry of all forms,” Walker spokeswoman Mallory Blount told Insider in a statement. “Despite the fact that the apparent intent behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”

Viviano-Langlais didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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2 Georgia election workers were fired for allegedly shredding voter registration forms ahead of local elections

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A poll worker in Georgia’s Fulton County.

  • Two workers in Georgia’s Fulton County are suspected of shredding voter registration forms.
  • GA Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger slammed electoral leadership and said the DOJ must investigate.
  • Fulton County has already been in the spotlight as Trump supporters contested its 2020 election results.

Two election workers in Fulton County, Georgia, were fired after they allegedly shred around 300 filled-in voter registration forms ahead of local elections in November.

Richard Barron, the Fulton County registration and elections director, announced the two employee terminations on Monday.

The statement said the two employees, who were not named, “allegedly shredded a number of paper voter registration applications received within the last two weeks.”

Barron’s office said that an initial review suggested that employees may have shredded the forms instead of fully processing them, and that other employees had seen them do so. Those employees reported the alleged shredding on Friday.

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, said in a Monday statement that the Department of Justice should investigate the alleged shredding of around 300 forms.

Fulton County had already become a focal point for debates around election integrity in the US.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump have baselessly claimed that he actually won the 2020 presidential election there. Raffensperger also previously rejected Trump’s request to “find” more ballots there.

Raffensperger said in a Monday statement: “After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be.

“The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”

He has repeatedly called for new leadership in Fulton County’s elections.

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Former NFL star and Republican Herschel Walker raises $3.7 million in five weeks for his Georgia Senate bid

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Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a rally featuring former President Donald Trump in Perry, Ga., on September 25, 2021.

  • Former NFL star Herschel Walker has raised $3.7 million since entering the Georgia Senate race.
  • The fundraising haul is the strongest start for a GOP Senate candidate in the state this year.
  • Walker has received the backing of former President Donald Trump, a huge asset in the GOP primary.

Former NFL player and Republican Herschel Walker hauled in $3.7 million for his 2022 Senate bid in Georgia since announcing his candidacy about five weeks ago, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Monday, Walker’s campaign announced that it has collected campaign contributions from almost 50,000 donors in every US state since entering the race against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who was elected in a special runoff election in January to fill the remaining term of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson and must face voters again for a full term next year.

Walker’s fundraising haul represents the strongest start for any GOP Senate candidate running against Warnock in the 2022 cycle thus far.

“Though we only had 5 weeks to fundraise this quarter, tens of thousands of Georgians and patriots across the country stepped up to the plate to help us take back the United States Senate,” Walker said in a statement. “We are grateful for each and every cent and look forward to continuing to travel across this great state shaking hands with real Georgians and hearing about the issues facing their communities.”

The other Republicans currently in the race include state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and two military veterans – Latham Saddler and Kelvin King. They have not yet announced their most recent fundraising totals.

However, Saddler was the previous leader in July, having raised roughly $1.4 million in three months. Black raised about $700,000, while King collected around $370,000.

Warnock has not yet released his most recent fundraising figures, but reported more than $10.5 million cash on hand in July.

Walker, a first-time candidate who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was seen as a leading candidate even before he entered the race, despite some pushback in some conservative circles.

According to a Politico report in July, Senate Minority Mitch McConnell of Kentucky reportedly saw Walker’s “complicated” personal history as “a vulnerability” in regaining control of the Senate, with the publication referencing an Associated Press report that detailed threats that the former football standout allegedly made to his ex-wife, along with questions surrounding his business dealings.

However, McConnell recently had warm words for Walker’s candidacy.

“There are some things written that indicate he’s had some challenges in his life. On the other hand, the good news is, he’s made several impressive performances on national television. His whole team is the same team around [former Sen.] Johnny Isakson,” McConnell told Politico last month. “He’s called me; we had a good conversation. I think there’s every indication he’s going to be a good candidate.”

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‘It’s irrelevant’: Stacey Abrams brushes aside Trump mockingly endorsing her in order to needle Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp

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Former Georgia state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

  • Stacey Abrams brushed aside former President Trump’s invocation of her name at GOP rallies.
  • For months, Trump has taunting Gov. Kemp by saying that Abrams might have been a better choice.
  • “His posture is not relevant to the work that I’m doing or to the positions I take,” she said of Trump on CNN.

For months, former President Donald Trump has brought up Stacey Abrams among the GOP faithful.

Abrams, a former Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives who narrowly lost the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election against now-Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, has been focused on her voting-rights advocacy and rarely mentions the former president.

However, Trump, who is still upset that Kemp refused to overturn the election victory of now-President Joe Biden in Georgia last fall, has continued to poke his onetime ally by repeating the claim that he’d prefer Abrams in the Governor’s Mansion instead of his fellow Republican.

During an Ohio rally this past summer, the former president suggested that Abrams might have been a more preferable choice for the GOP than Kemp.

“By the way, we might have been better if she did win for governor of Georgia, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said. “We might have had a better governor if she did win.”

While speaking at a rally in Georgia last month, Trump once again invoked Abrams in order to take a dig at Kemp, who was not present at the event.

“Stacey, would you like to take his place? It’s OK with me,” the former president said of the GOP governor, who’s up for reelection in 2022. “Of course having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor, if you want to know what I think. Might very well be better.”

During an appearance on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” last Thursday, Abrams was not impressed with Trump’s mock endorsement when asked if the the former president’s comments might help or hurt her.

“It’s irrelevant,” she told Burnett. “His posture is not relevant to the work that I’m doing or to the positions I take. My responsibility is to do what I can to ensure that no matter who you are, and no matter who you choose, that you have the freedom to vote in the United States.”

She added: “That is why we have to keep laser-focused on the assault on our democracy … an assault that not only happened on Jan. 6, but has happened again and again since that time in statehouses that have restricted access to the right to vote and constricted not only that but the ability of election workers to do their jobs.”

Abrams has not yet announced if she will run against Kemp next year in a potential rematch.

While Trump has not endorsed any of the lesser-known candidates running against Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary, has already endorsed Herschel Walker, the former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner, who recently entered the 2022 US Senate race against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

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Georgia GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says he’s ‘not sacrificing a thing’ to appease Trump: book

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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia.

  • In his new book, Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia rejected the party’s fealty to Trump.
  • Duncan remarked on criticism that he’s faced in affirming the state’s 2020 election results.
  • “Has the former president poisoned our system to the degree that I’m the curiosity?” he asked.
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Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia, a conservative who has defended the veracity of the 2020 presidential election results against allegations of voter fraud, said that he isn’t “sacrificing a thing” to appease former President Donald Trump.

The lieutenant governor, emphasizing his work last year to elect GOP candidates in the Peach State, laments that the chatter surrounding “the impending end” of his political career was driven not by his lack of commitment to party ideals, but because he examined the party’s 2020 loss and “moved on to fight again next cycle.”

In his newly-released book, “GOP 2.0,” Duncan spelled out how he would help build a more independent and inclusive party, which is especially important in Georgia, a rapidly-diversifying state that was narrowly won by President Joe Biden last fall.

But he also makes it clear that he has been a longtime adherent to conservative principles and won’t let any one individual – notably Trump – dictate his beliefs.

“I’d left people on both sides of the aisle scratching their heads,” he wrote, pointing to a March article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled ‘The Curious Case of Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan.'”

The article, written by political reporter Greg Bluestein, explained how most Georgia Republicans were tying themselves to the former president or “trying to avoid his wrath,” while the lieutenant governor rejected such overtures.

Duncan said that his actions simply reflected normalcy, something that he said was lost amid the GOP push to placate Trump.

“When the party’s headliner – the president – lost, I was disappointed,” he wrote. “Like other lieutenant governors, I triple-checked to make sure our elections ran free and fair; they did. I studied the loss and moved on to fight again next cycle. Nothing unusual there.”

He added: “Of course, other Republicans didn’t follow tradition in 2020. They took a bizarre turn and created an alternative universe where facts, truth, conservative principles, and institutional respect didn’t matter. They followed a demagogue with a magical grip over their voters … They intentionally misled their constituents and spread misinformation for personal gain on a scale never seen in American elections. They convinced millions of Republicans they were right; they made me look like the crazy one.”

Duncan, who warned that Trump’s criticism of Georgia’s voting processes would imperil the party in future contests, saw his worst case scenario come true with the loss of both US Senate seats formerly held by Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler after critical runoff elections this past January.

In the book, the lieutenant governor wrote of the incredulity of being questioned by others about his principles.

“Is it hard to understand that a husband and father of three boys chose to stick by the truth? That a conservative stood up for the rule of law? That a lieutenant governor did his duty and followed the traditions that have kept American democracy vibrant for nearly 250 years? Has the former president poisoned our system to the degree that I’m the curiosity?” he asked.

He added: “Apparently yes because everyone now expects Republicans to sacrifice every principle to satisfy one person. I’m here to tell you I’m not sacrificing a thing to placate the former president.”

Duncan, who was elected alongside Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in 2018, announced earlier this year that he would not run for reelection in 2022 and would instead focus on the GOP 2.0 independent movement to expand the Republican coalition.

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Donald Trump could be charged with multiple crimes over his attempts to overturn his loss in the state of Georgia, report says

Former President Donald Trump.
Former President Donald Trump.

  • Donald Trump could be charged with crimes over Georgia election interference, a new report says.
  • The report says Trump and his allies pressured Georgia officials to overturn his loss in the state.
  • Trump is facing several probes in relation to his post-election conduct in Georgia.
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Former President Donald Trump could be charged with multiple crimes over election interference in Georgia, a new report says.

The report by the Brookings Institution, a leading think tank in Washington DC, analyzes publicly available evidence that shows that Trump and his allies attempted to pressure Georgia officials to “change the lawful outcome of the election.”

A key piece of evidence is the now-infamous call made by Trump on January 3 to Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. He told him to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn Biden’s win.

The report adds that Trump publicly pressured and personally contacted several other officials in Georgia to ask them to help him overturn his loss in the state.

It includes Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr, who Trump reportedly placed direct calls to in December to urge them to go along with “his increasingly desperate plans to decertify his loss.”

“We conclude that Trump’s post-election conduct in Georgia leaves him at substantial risk of possible state charges predicated on multiple crimes,” the report said.

“These charges potentially include criminal solicitation to commit election fraud; intentional interference with performance of election duties; conspiracy to commit election fraud; criminal solicitation; and state RICO violations.”

The report added that criminal liability could extend to some Trump allies, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani appeared before committees in the Georgia Capitol with the intent of convincing state lawmakers to “take extraordinary action to reverse Biden’s win,” the report notes.

In February, Raffensperger’s office opened a probe into Trump’s efforts to overturn his loss in the state.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis also launched a criminal investigation into Trump’s conduct relating to the election.

The Brookings Institution report analyzes these probes and suggests what crimes Trump could be charged with and his legal defenses.

The report suggests that Trump would likely claim immunity, arguing he cannot be prosecuted for actions taken while he was president.

Former presidents enjoy a measure of immunity for actions taken that “fall within the scope of their lawful duties as a federal official,” according to the report.

However, in this case, Trump’s actions were “well outside the scope of his official duties,” the report says.

Trump and his allies have continued to promote baseless claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

The former president is currently facing several criminal probes over his conduct while in office, as well as his personal finances.

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Georgia GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says party leaders pushed restrictive election laws ‘because they got scared’: book

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Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan speaks at the podium as state Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell), far right, looks on at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on February 4, 2020.

  • In a new book, Geoff Duncan said that GOP leaders pushing restrictive voting laws are “scared.”
  • “Many held to the theory that if more people vote, Republicans will lose,” he wrote.
  • The controversial SB 202 was signed into law in Georgia after generating enormous pushback from Democrats.
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Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia, who has vocally defended the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, said that GOP leaders who have sought to make voting more difficult are “scared.”

Duncan, who in 2018 was elected on a conservative slate alongside Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, has since come out against former President Donald Trump’s attacks on the election results, stressing that the relentless onslaught has only served to undermine trust in the voting process.

In his newly-released book, “GOP 2.0,” the lieutenant governor laid out a case for a more independent and inclusive party, while also acknowledging the consequences of Republican mistrust in voting systems, especially as the 2021 legislative session began in the Peach State.

“Many held to the theory that if more people vote, Republicans will lose,” he wrote. “Is that true? No. But the former president and other leaders convinced many in our party that is true.”

He added: “Here’s what’s really true: If our party wants a future where it can win majorities and pass conservative legislation, it needs ideas and policies that can capture the hearts and minds of a majority, no matter how many people vote.”

Earlier this year, the GOP-controlled legislature passed a roughly 100-page long bill known as SB 202, or the Election Integrity Act of 2021, which restricts ballot drop boxes to early voting sites and limits their usage to voting hours, and narrows the window for requesting an absentee ballot, among other measures.

While Duncan was not a fan of earlier iterations of SB 202, he told Georgia Trend magazine that “a number of bipartisan ideas [were] incorporated into the final version” and contended that the legislative process worked in creating a “better” bill.

The bill, which Democrats have widely criticized since its introduction in the legislation, led to Major League Baseball moving their 2021 All-Star Game from the Atlanta region to Denver.

In June, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state, arguing that the statewide law is discriminatory against Black Georgians.

Duncan expressed that backers of restrictive voting measures had a “clear motive.”

“Because they got scared, GOP leaders became too focused on making voting more difficult,” he wrote. “One of the former president’s prominent supporters – a longtime Georgia congressman – attacked our Republican secretary of state, questioning why he was ‘working so hard to add drop boxes and take other steps to make it harder for Republicans to win.'”

The Republican in question was former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented a Cobb County-anchored suburban congressional district from 1979 to 1999.

Duncan wrote that Republican attempts to tighten voting laws across the country have deprived the party of any real standing on the issue.

“As states began their legislative sessions, more than 250 election-related bills were filed across the country,” he wrote. “Many were filed by Republican representatives as reactions to the GOP headliner losing the 2020 election, so right there, our party lost all credibility on election reform.”

He added: “We had a clear motive and selfish aims. Nobody thought GOP efforts were anything more than attempts to ensure more Republicans won next time.”

Contrary to many conservatives who backed Trump’s election claims, Duncan said that Americans “should be proud of our states and country for conducting a fair election” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lieutenant governor in May announced that he would not run for reelection to a second term in 2022 and would instead focus on the GOP 2.0 independent movement to expand the Republican coalition.

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Georgia GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan: ‘Hate poured in’ after I said ‘President-elect Biden’ on television

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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia.

  • In a new book, Republican Geoff Duncan says he was targeted after refuting Trump’s election claims.
  • After Duncan referred to Biden as the president-elect, he was inundated with hateful messages.
  • The lieutenant governor will not run again in 2022 and wants to see a GOP less defined by Trump.
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After the 2020 election, Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia was concerned that the party was continuing to entertain the election conspiracy theories perpetuated by then-President Donald Trump, to the point where it threatened the electoral fates of GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Perdue and Loeffler had fallen short of the 50% threshold in their races in the November election, forcing them to compete with Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively, in dual runoff elections to represent the fast-growing Deep South swing state in the Senate.

The outcome of the races would determine control of the upper chamber.

Duncan, who sought to focus on conservative policy successes and less on unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, including Trump’s belief that votes had “come out of ceilings and come out of leather bags,” wrote about the scorn he received for rejecting GOP “groupthink” in his newly-released book, “GOP 2.0.”

“The president and his surrogates continued fanning the flames, and they forced the two GOP senators into fringe and dishonest positions on election fraud,” the lieutenant governor wrote. “I worried their rhetoric would lose the race for our party. I walked the line as best I could and just kept repeating: ‘No fraud in November, trust the electoral system, vote in the run-off on January 5, and please, out-of-state politicians, stop making the GOP seem like an extreme faction. You’ll only hurt our candidates in the run-off.'”

He added: “I felt at odds with this new prevailing dynamic. I felt like a stranger. Who was this party? Why did it seem to literally worship the president? What was it doing to the bedrock of our democratic republic? What would it do to me?”

When Duncan addressed Joe Biden as the president-elect on television, one of the few GOP officeholders that was willing to do so while Trump continued to challenge the election, his action was met with scorn from the president’s supporters across the country.

“Each time I said ‘No fraud’ or ‘President-elect Biden’ on national television, the insults and hate poured in from across Georgia and from forty-nine other states too,” he wrote. “Groupthink – or doublethink – was the goal, and Republican leaders achieved it.”

He added: “Each time I read messages on the way home, I sure felt good I had two Georgia state troopers with me. People wanted to rip my head off. Friends disappeared or became rabid enemies overnight.”

Despite the negative feedback from many conservatives, Duncan felt that he had made the right call.

“Every time I looked into that black camera lens and spoke my mind, I gained confidence in my voice and my path,” he wrote. “Maybe it’s just easier to say what needs saying when it’s only you and a camera in a small dark studio room; you can feel like the outside world doesn’t really exist.”

Duncan, who in May announced that he would not run for reelection a second term in 2022 and would instead focus on the GOP 2.0 independent movement to broaden the Republican coalition, said that he has no regrets about his decision to defend the integrity of the election.

For months, fellow Georgia Republicans including Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have found themselves on the receiving end of Trump’s ire for certifying Biden’s electoral win in the state.

When Biden carried Georgia last fall, it was the first time that a Democratic presidential nominee had won the state since 1992.

In January, Kemp and Loeffler lost their respective races, handing control of the Senate to the Democrats.

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Donald Trump wrote to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to ‘decertify’ the 2020 election

Former President Donald Trump (L), Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
  • Donald Trump wrote to Georgia Secretary of State asking him to “decertify” the results of the election.
  • In the letter, Trump repeated unproven claims of widespread election fraud.
  • The letter comes the day before a “Justice for J6” rally is due in Washington DC.
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Donald Trump sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to start “decertifying” the 2020 election, on Friday.

The letter, which was posted to Twitter by Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington, claims to have enclosed evidence of “large scale voter fraud” in Georgia.

Trump refers to 43,000 absentee ballots which he claimed violated the chain of custody rules.

“I would respectfully request that your department check this and, if true, along with many other claims of voter fraud and voter irregularities, start the prices of decertifying the election, or whatever the correct legal remedy is, and announce the true winner,” the letter says.

Since losing the 2020 election, Donald Trump has repeated unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter and election fraud.

Joe Biden won the state of Georgia by a little over 12,000 votes out of nearly 5 million votes cast.

The state has undertaken recounts and audits, and each one has confirmed Joe Biden’s win.

The Republican Raffensperger has previously said that “there is no doubt” that Biden won.

In his letter to Raffensperger, Trump said, “People do not understand why you and Governor Brian Kemp adamantly refuse to acknowledge the now proven facts.”

None of the legal challenges to the 2020 election have been held up in court, and the Justice Department said it found no evidence of widespread fraud.

In February, Georgia prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Trump over his attempts to pressure officials in Georgia to invalidate his loss in the state.

The letter from Trump comes the day before a “Justice for J6” rally is due in Washington DC.

The rally supports those charged with crimes relating to the January 6 insurrection, when Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Joe Biden’s election victory from being certified.

Trump this week referred to the rioters charged with crimes as “political prisoners.”

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