Donald Trump Jr. ripped prospective Republican presidential candidates who he accused of a ‘total lack of action’ as his father faces daunting political and legal challenges in his fight for reelection.
The blast from the president’s outspoken son, who has himself been mentioned as a potential candidate for elective office, came on a day when Trump’s lead over Democrat Joe Biden ticked downward in battleground Pennsylvania and Georgia, narrowing his path to reelection.
With the president fighting for his political survival, his son sought to enlist more defenders and blasted his public demand out to his millions of followers among Trump’s base, while his father’s campaign filed lawsuits across the country seeking to stop the vote count in some states.
Donald Trump Jr. lashed out at ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ for not defending his father enough as he faces a fight for votes amid the vote count in battleground states
He reached out on a day the president demanded to ‘STOP THE COUNT!’
‘The total lack of action from virtually all of the “2024 GOP hopefuls” is pretty amazing,’ he raged on Twitter. ‘They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.’
‘Don’t worry @RealDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!’ concluded Don Jr., an avid hunter who helps run the Trump Organization. He penned a book that he titled ‘Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us’ that he has promoted on the campaign trail.
His appeal came on a day when Fox commentator Loud Dobbs asked where Trump’s supporters were, saying the president was like a ‘lone wolf.’ Dobbs made the comment in an interview with former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grennel, who announced a lawsuit in Nevada where he said 10,000 people may have voted despite living out of state but did not provide evidence.
‘Where the hell are Mitch McConnell where is the Republican Party where is (RNC Chair) Ronna McDaniel? Why aren’t they out? Why isn’t the Republican Party in mass demanding the Department of Justice move in here? It’s been absent for the entire process,’ he said, calling it a ‘political crime.’
Donald Trump Jr. attacked a ‘lack of action’ defending his father by ‘2024 GOP hopefulls’
White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted that ‘no one is fighting harder for a free and fair election’ than Trump, whose campaign filed multiple election lawsuits
Some potential candidates broadcast their support for Trump’s effort on Twitter.
‘We all owe @RealDonaldTrump for his leadership of conservative victories for Senate, House, & state legislatures,’ wrote former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. ‘He and the American people deserve transparency & fairness as the votes are counted. The law must be followed. We have to keep the faith that the truth will prevail,’ she said, calling for ‘fairness’ without attacking the vote count.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), considered another potential heir to Trump, wrote: ‘All votes that are legally cast should be counted. There is NO excuse not to allow poll watchers to observe counting,’ backing up Trump’s legal position in Pennsylvania.
Other members of Trump’s circle, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former White House advisor Pam Bondi, and former campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, have joined Trump’s legal fight.
Amid the turmoil, White House spokesman Judd Deere issued an unusual statement where he said Trump was ‘bringing great victories’
‘President Trump defied all expectations in Congressional and Senate races, bringing great victories. In fact, at this moment not one GOP House member has lost,’ he said, in a typed statement he posted on his Twitter feed.
‘As the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee said, President Trump ‘over-performed media expectations, Democrat and Republican expectations, and lifted legislative candidates with him,’ calling him a ‘buoy,’ not an ‘anchor.’ There was no Blue Wave and President Trump put together the highest share of non-white voters for the GOP in decades. Just as he promised in 2016 and under his leadership, the Republican Party has become the party for the American worker. President Trump’s expanded coalition propelled GOP candidates up and down the ballot and across the country to victories that cannot be ignored.’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a powerful figure no matter who prevails, issued a statement brushing back Trump after his election night declaration that he ‘won.’
‘Claiming you’ve won the election is different from finishing the counting,’ said McConnell.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), another potential presidential candidate who was defeated by Trump in 2016, blasted Fox News for making its call election night before other networks of Arizona for Biden – an action that reportedly infuriated President Trump.
But retiring GOP Rep. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, threw water on the Trump campaign’s flurry of accusations of voter fraud. The state’s secretary of state could recall only a single incident involving a single man over the past year in her state.
‘I am not aware of any significant level of fraud that’s going on,’ Toomey said. ‘Nobody has brought anything to my attention that causes me to say there is a huge case of fraud that needs to be immediately addressed.’ Another potential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, issued a statement that both defended the vote count and Trump’s right to sue Wednesday.
‘Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression,’ he wrote.