Georgia’s two GOP senators, facing runoffs, struggle to be appropriately servile to Trump

first_imgThus, both Loeffler and Perdue have been left trying to appease a lunatic without ticking off the residents of their state. Trump made that particularly difficult for them Thursday after he skewered Georgia election officials during an unhinged screed as his lead in the Peach State started to evaporate.“In Georgia, I won by a lot—a lot,” Trump told reporters from the White House briefing room, suggesting that his third-inning lead should have been game over. Instead, that lead “got whittled down,” he complained, demonstrating a pre-school level grasp of how election counts work. By way of explanation for his diminished position, Trump said a pipe had burst in the state, the counting had stopped, and “a lot of things happened.” So there you have it, folks. Plus, “The election apparatus in Georgia is run by Democrats,” Trump added. Except, it’s not—both the sitting governor and secretary of state are Republicans.- Advertisement – Anyhow, Loeffler and Perdue were then forced to reconcile their need for earning Trump’s continued endorsement with their need to reassure constituents that they valued their votes. Both GOP senators chose to thread that needle by saying every “legal vote” must be counted while expressing optimism that doing so would render Trump the winner.“Every lawful vote cast should be counted, once. If that happens, I believe @realDonaldTrump will be re-elected,” tweeted Perdue.“Praying for four more years of @realDonaldTrump! RT if you AGREE,” added Loeffler, with an extra dash of enthusiastic obsequiousness. – Advertisement – Trump’s sons, Eric and Don Jr., have been on the war path, complaining that GOP establishment-types aren’t properly aiding Trump’s efforts to shred the nation’s election process. In response, bootlickers like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina rushed onto Fox News, counseling state GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania to illegally subvert the state’s electoral system. But this is now the tension Republican senators are saddled with as they work to keep their fragile majority. If Democrats win both Senate runoffs in Georgia early next year, they would secure a bare majority in the upper chamber, assuming the tie-breaker vote of a Vice President Kamala Harris. It’s still an open question whether Trump will help the Senate GOP caucus or, rather, deliciously turn on them for being insufficiently loyal. But if there’s one thing Tuesday proved, it’s that Trump turns out GOP voters who can’t be bothered to show up when he’s not on the ticket. That was certainly the case in 2018.  – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img

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