In terms of this article I’m not calling it a stimulus update because frankly it’s not, though the topic of today the Georgia Senate runoffs tomorrow and the effect of Donald Trump on these runoffs, is obviously related to stimulus checks in terms of who controls the Senate.
In my poll from this morning the majority of you, seventy percent, said that you think Democrats will capture both Senate seats from the Republican incumbents. And this is consistent with most recent polls right now, which tend to favor the Democratic candidates.
But please note, polls can be wrong, and also note that most of these polls are within the margin of error. As you all know, this race is pivotal and will determine which political party controls the United States Senate.
This morning President Donald Trump traveled to Georgia to campaign for Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, he will appear with them today in Dalton, Georgia, Joe Biden is in Georgia as well today to support the Democratic challengers, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Biden will campaign for them at a drive-in rally in Atlanta. Now, Trump’s attitude toward the Georgia runoffs themselves has been somewhat confusing to say the least and in my opinion not exactly helping the Republican party.
On Friday in a tweet he called the Twenty-Twenty Georgia elections, including the Twenty-Twenty-One runoff, “illegal and invalid” but then the next day, Saturday, he urged his Georgia followers to vote in it. And yesterday it was revealed in a recorded telephone call that Trump urged the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find eleven-thousand-some votes for Trump to put him over Biden in the state.
And in this call he told the Republican secretary of state that in Georgia they’re going to have people not voting because they don’t want to vote and they hate the state and they hate the governor and they hate the secretary of state. Of course the secretary of state told President Trump that his data is wrong.
And then this morning Donald Trump tweeted that we will see the “real” election numbers tonight during his speech in Georgia. He tagged Republican Senator Tom Cotton, by the way, because Senator Cotton said today that he would not support the effort being made by Ted Cruz and other Republican senators to object to Biden’s Electoral College victory in the Senate this week, we went over Ted Cruz’s statement yesterday.
So what am I saying? In my opinion, these shenanigans by the president are doing Loeffler and Perdue no favors. I mean, Loeffler couldn’t even campaign over the weekend with the Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, because Trump has called for Brian Kemp to resign, and as a Republican she obviously can’t campaign with Kemp because the Republican president wants him to resign.
That’s hardly helpful to the Republican party in Georgia. And if I were Loeffler and Perdue, I would be incredibly frightened when Donald Trump gets on the stage tonight, what is he going to say, is he going to say things that cause Republican voters in the state that would otherwise vote tomorrow, will things he says, intimations of voter fraud cause Republican voters in Georgia to be turned off by the whole thing, say screw it, I’m not voting, the whole system’s a phony?
And even Loeffler herself said just this morning, “The biggest challenge is to make sure people come out and vote.” Yeah, and by questioning the validity of the election, particularly in Georgia, I don’t think that Donald Trump is helping the G.O.P. get out the vote in Georgia.
If there is one thing I know, I know that we may very well see a red wave tomorrow because I think the trend from the November elections will continue, more Republican voters will tend to vote in person rather than by mail, while more Democratic voters will tend to vote by mail, and we may not see those votes counted until later this week.
But I want to know what you think. Is Trump hurting or helping the G.O.P. with his strong election-related rhetoric lately, his claims of voter fraud, his calling for the governor of Georgia to resign, his phone call with the Georgia secretary of state concerning voter fraud, or are those factors outweighed by the fact that Trump is Trump and there are still diehard Trump fans out there especially in Georgia who are even more motivated than ever now to get out the vote.