Politically speaking, no individual in recent history has cost the Georgia Republican Party more than Donald Trump.
After losing the state in 2020 (along with the presidency), two Republican senators suffered consecutive defeats after Trump complained over an allegedly “stolen” election, handing control of the US Senate to the Democrats. Trump follows it in 2022 fomenting an interfaith feud in an effort to oust the popular outgoing governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, who debunked Trump’s election lies and certified the state’s 2020 results. Trump’s attempt at retaliation failed, but Trump didn’t stop there: He also hand-picked the verbally challenged, violence-prone former footballer Herschel Walker to reclaim one of the Senate seats he helped win the previous cycle. I gifted it to the Democrats. Walker faltered and the Democrats actually gained the Senate seat in the ’22 cycle instead of losing control of the upper house.
Trump’s disastrous intervention in the Peach State has left the Republican Party in trouble. earlier this year, Kemp told a gathering from high-dollar donors,”[W]He can no longer rely on the traditional party infrastructure to win in the future.” Kemp followed in June. Skipping The state’s GOP convention where Trump was the headliner.
This week’s fraudulent indictment of Trump and 18 of his accomplices for trying to overturn Georgia’s election deepened a rift between Republican officials leading the party and grassroots activists in the state.
After Trump sent a statement promising to release a “big, complex, detailed but irrefutable report” proving fraud in the 2020 election in the state, Kemp subtweeted the claimWriting, “The 2020 election in Georgia was not stolen. For nearly three years now, anyone with evidence of fraud – under oath – has failed to come forward and prove anything in a court of law.”
“The future of our country is at stake in 2024, and that should be our focus,” Kemp said.
Kemp’s tweet has now been viewed nearly 15 million times. Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger,who fielded Trump’s now-infamous 11,870 votes Order “find” And former GOP lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan has also taken a stand against Trump’s false claims this week after Trump lost by one fewer vote than him.
Now free from the constraints of public office, Duncan has practically become a one-man ball busting Trump’s lies. He testified before a grand jury earlier this week, gave multiple interviews and wrote an article Washington Post op-ed,
“After the 2020 election, I earned Trump’s wrath for refusing to go along with his cockamamy plans to overturn an election I lost because of my lack of effort.”
in an interview with Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionDuncan called Trump “the worst candidate ever in the history of the party”.
on cnnDuncan said that Trump had “sucked the soul out” of the Republican Party.
“He’s taken everything from us, and it’s our turn to take it back,” Duncan said, “but if we make this about Donald Trump’s three-ring circus, we’ll lose, lose, and lose again.”
It’s a healthy week to tell Trump to shovel sand.
But more than the issue, this is all a very long way of saying that Trump has torn apart the Georgia GOP, turned Republican against Republican, and overturned the coalition of voters who have supported Republicans for decades. Voted until Trump won his reelection in 2020.
If Trump is ultimately the 2024 Republican nominee, he will be an incredibly weak and divisive candidate in the state, which is much closer to what is needed if he intends to regain control of the White House.
For example, if a Republican candidate were to lose Georgia again, they would have to take Arizona, Wisconsin, and some combination of Michigan or Pennsylvania to reach 270 in the Electoral College. And that assumes Republicans keep every other state and jurisdiction they won in 2020.
Not only did Trump lose all of the above states in 2020, Democrats control the governor’s mansion in every one of them, making his chances of reclaiming them even tougher than they were in 2020.
In short, Trump has a problem with Georgia and, by extension, the Republican Party.