Republicans are worried that Donald Trump allies Sidney Powell and Lin Wood could cost them the Senate with their demand for a voting boycott in Georgia based on conspiracy theories that communists will overturn the results anyway.
The two lawyers held a press conference in Georgia on Wednesday that looked more like a Trump campaign rally. During their remarks, they encouraged people not to vote in the two upcoming Senate elections that will determine which party controls the upper chamber.
‘Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are totally destructive. Every Georgia conservative who cares about America MUST vote in the runoff. Their dont vote strategy will cripple America,’ Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican and former speaker of the House, tweeted.
Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face voters on January 5th in a special election. The GOP needs to win both races to keep their majority in the Senate.
And Wood and Powell’s conspiracy theories – which they tout as they try to overturn Georgia’s election results for President Trump – have Republicans worried members of their party will stay home.
Newt Gingrich and fellow Republicans are worried Trump allies Sidney Powell and Lin Wood could cost them the Senate with their conspiracy theories
Trump allies Sidney Powell and Lin Wood are calling for a boycott of the January 5 special election in Georgia; Republicans need to win the two Senate seats in that contest to keep control of the upper chamber
‘There’s no more destructive force in American politics — much less in the Republican Party or Trump movement — than Sidney Powell in front of a TV camera,’ a senior administration official told Axios. ‘If she costs Trump the Senate, and delivers total control of the government to Democrats, she will have done more for the Left than any Democrat in America.’
Powell, the attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, was dismissed from Trump’s legal team when her conspiracy theories got too wild for them.
Wood is a Georgia-based lawyer who has launched lawsuits on the president’s behalf to overturn election results even though he’s not part of the campaign.
The duo’s arguments, however, are supported in part by President Trump, who falsely claimed the presidential election was ‘rigged’ and he was the real winner.
Trump called the election a ‘total catastrophe’ and said the results couldn’t be trusted in a rambling video posted to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday, where he tried to show he was the true winner of the 2020 contest.
‘Millions of votes were cast illegally in the swing states alone,’ he claimed.
‘If that’s the case, the results of the individual swing states must be overturned and overturned immediately,’ Trump said.
The president will be in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday to campaign for the GOP candidates. Valdosta is a deeply conservative part of the state where Republicans hope a surge of turnout can help them win the Senate seats.
But state GOP leaders have similar worries that Trump’s ‘rigged’ election claims could hurt them at the polls in January. Trump also has repeatedly attacked Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after they refused his demands to overturn the election results.
Democrats, meanwhile, are bringing in Barack Obama.
The former president will headline a virtual get-out-the-vote rally on Friday with Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. He’ll urge Democrats to be ready for early voting, which starts on December 14, and remind them that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the January special election.
It was early voting that boosted Biden’s win in Georgia, when he became the first Democrat to carry the state since 1992.
Republicans are also worried President Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged’ election could hurt them at the ballot box in January
Democrats are bringing in former President Barack Obama to campaign for their Senate candidates
Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, are seen at a campaign rally in November
Obama’s event is a counter to Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the state on Friday, where he’ll hold a rally in Savannah with Loeffler and Perdue.
Pence has encouraged Republicans in the state to use mail-in ballots and early voting.
Advisers to Donald Trump Jr. have launched the Save the US Senate super PAC to get Trump supporters out to vote for Loeffler and Perdue. The president’s oldest son will appear in radio and TV ads in the state to help the effort.
‘No politician owns your vote, but unilateral disarmament only emboldens and rewards the very people who spent the last 4 years resisting, sabotaging and literally impeaching this President. If you care about protecting President Trump’s amazing accomplishments and want to stop Democrats from achieving their decades long end game of permanently transforming this country, then we believe it’s vital to hold the line and stand with President Trump in support of Senators Perdue and Loeffler on January 5th,’ Andy Surabian, who co-founded of Save the US Senate PAC, told DailyMail.com in a statement.
The counter efforts come as the idea of an election boycott for the January 5 contest is catching fire online.
Powell and Wood pushed the boycott idea on Wednesday in their appearance before Trump supporters.
During their event, the duo repeated their baseless claims that communists were controlling the voting machines in the two Georgia Senate races, called on Gov. Kemp to be locked up, and urged people not to vote in the January 5 Senate contests.
If Democrats win the two Georgia Senate seats, they will control the Senate.
The current balance of the upper chamber is 52 Republican, 48 Democrats. If Democrats pick up the two seats, they would be the majority in a 50-50 chamber as their party controls the White House.
At the ‘Stop the Steal’ event in Georgia on Wednesday, Wood told the crowd Loeffler and Perdue had not ‘earned’ their vote.
‘Don’t you give it to them,’ Wood said. ‘Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election for God’s sake? Fix it! You gotta fix it!’
‘If Kelly Loeffler wants your vote. If David Perdue wants your vote, they’ve got to earn it. They have not earned your vote. Do not give it to them,’ he said.
Both Wood and Powell spread the false theory that Dominion voting machines could not be trusted as Communists had rigged them.
‘We’re not going to vote on your damn machines made in China,’ Wood said.
Powell urged the Senate races to be canceled.
‘There should not be a runoff – certainly not on Dominion machines,’ she said.
‘I would encourage all Georgians to make it known that you will not vote at all until your vote is secure – and I mean that regardless of party,’ Powell said. ‘We can’t live in a republic, a free republic unless we know our votes are legal and secure. So we must have voter ID and we probably must go back to paper ballots that are signed and have your thumbprint on them. We certainly should be able to find a system that can count them, even if it has to be done by hand.’
Vice President Mike Pence will be in Georgia on Friday to campaign with Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue; he’s seen with them above at a rally last month
Lawyer Sidney Powell speaks at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Wednesday
Powell’s charges against Dominion – she claimed Hugo Chavez, the dead Venezuelan leader, rigged the machines so Joe Biden would win over Trump – lost her credibility with Trump’s legal team, which she later left.
Dominion Voting Systems, meanwhile, noted their machines met all legal requirements for such equipment and created a paper trail that could be used to audit votes.
‘Every vote from a Dominion device in Georgia is documented on an auditable paper trail and creates a verifiable paper ballot available for hand-counting,’ the company said in a statement last week.
Georgia officials conducted a hand recount of the presidential race that confirmed Biden’s win of the state.
Trump also has raged against the company.
‘On top of everything else, we have a company that’s very suspect. Its name is Dominion,’ he said during his 46-minute speech on Wednesday where he railed against the election being stolen from him.
‘With the turn of a dial or the change of a chip, you could press a button for Trump and the vote goes to Biden. What kind of a system is this?’ he said.