As President Donald Trump continues to push his lies about the recently concluded presidential election, claiming that the process was full of fraud, some of his supporters seem to be turning on the GOP. Republican leaders might be learning the hard way that convincing voters that the electoral process is “rigged” doesn’t bode well for their political party’s chances. On Wednesday, Trump allies including attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell participated in a so-called “Stop the Steal” rally in Georgia, where attendees chanted “Lock him up!”.. about Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican! Trump and his allies have insinuated that Kemp is complicit in some kind of scheme to fraudulently rig the presidential election for Biden, which is simply false.
Check out footage of the “Lock him up!” chant below:
"Lock him up!" chants burst out in reference to Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) at Lin Wood and Sidney Powell's alternate reality election fraud conspiracy event. pic.twitter.com/nks8r4FZU2
— The Recount (@therecount) December 2, 2020
Lin Wood, who is representing Kyle Rittenhouse, the far-right teenager who murdered two people at a protest in Wisconsin, told “everyone to stay home until Trump is given the win and even [suggested] Trump should split from the GOP altogether,” as a report from The Week summarizes. In other words, Republicans are contemplating sitting out the upcoming Georgia Senate elections in some kind of protest over their perception that leaders haven’t done enough to deal with supposed fraud. Attorney General Bill Barr, a Trump loyalist, recently became one of the latest interests to confirm that no evidence has emerged of fraud that swung the outcome of the election — but Trump and many of his supporters seem entirely undeterred.
Sidney Powell, who Trump himself announced as a member of his legal team before an unceremonious apparent firing after she threatened to “blow up” Georgia (metaphorically) with a lawsuit, echoed the idea for Trump’s supporters to sit out upcoming elections. Powell said that she “would encourage all Georgians to make it known that you will not vote at all unless your vote is secure,” and since the rally attendees believe that their vote is presently not, in fact, secure, then she was essentially encouraging these rallygoers to sit out upcoming elections. If Republicans sit out the Senate run-offs… then the chances for the Democrats go up! Some Republicans, of course, might take these prospective Democratic victories as evidence of “rigging,” no matter if they themselves didn’t even bother to vote.
Newt Gingrich, a top Trump ally and former Speaker of the U.S. House, publicly complained about Wood and Powell’s behavior on Thursday… but it’s too late. The GOP can’t put the election conspiracies back in the bottle.
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 (@newtgingrich) December 3, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to the Powell/ Wood rally below: