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Politics Trump Supporters in Georgia Threaten to Destroy GOP, Boycott Runoff Elections

21:15  21 november  2020
21:15  21 november  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Pro-Trump protesters rally against the results of the U.S. Presidential election outside the Georgia State Capitol on November 18, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. © Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Pro-Trump protesters rally against the results of the U.S. Presidential election outside the Georgia State Capitol on November 18, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

A viral video of protesters, as well as posts on social media platform Parler, indicate that Trump supporters are looking to boycott the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff elections.

A video, shared on Twitter on Saturday, shows a protester speaking into a mic criticizing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who are both Republicans. The protester calls them "traitors."

Seemingly reacting to certification from Georgia election officials that President-elect Joe Biden had indeed won the Peach State following an election recount, the protesters disavowed the GOP.

"Any Republican who allows this to happen is complicit, and we will finish you," the protester, donning a camo sweatshirt with an elephant on it, shouts into the microphone. "For any Republicans not explicitly helping Trump to 'stop the steal,' we will make sure you are never elected ever again."

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Another demonstrator can be heard shouting a long "We're the new GOP."

Reading remarks off his phone, the protester in the camo vows to dismantle the party.

"If the Republican establishment stands back and stands by and allows the steal to go through, we will do whatever it takes to completely destroy the Republican Party," he said. "We will accept nothing less than a Donald Trump victory." He also accused recounts and ballots of being "fake"—yet claims about voter fraud have been widely debunked.

While in-person protests urged officials to call the election for Trump, a number of Republicans on the "free-speech" social media website Parler have demanded a boycott of the Senate runoff elections, citing a conspiracy theory about "rigged" voting machines. Screenshots shared by reporter Marcus Baram showed that people on the app accused Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of being "RINOs"—an acronym for "Republican in Name Only"—and trying to lead to victories for Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Both Warnock and Ossoff are challenging incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, respectively.

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Unless Georgia elects two democrats in the runoff elections , every single appointee from Biden will be The Trump administration and the GOP have crossed the line at this point and there is absolutely no Why not wait to complain? Right now he’s still not President and there’s a very important runoff

Donald Trump and Ben Carson are both threatening to boycott the next Republican presidential debate if CNBC, who is hosting the event, and the Republi. The @ GOP should not agree to the ridiculous debate terms that @CNBC is asking unless there is a major benefit to the party.

Many of the posts bore a resemblance to language used by people who believe the QAnon conspiracy theory.

"DO NOT VOTE IN THE GEORGIA RUNOFFS, THE DEEP STATE WILL BE COLLECTING EVERYONE'S INFO. THIS IS A CHARADE, MEANT TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO DON'T VOTE DEMOCRAT," one post read, which also lamented that potential victories for Warnock and Ossoff were a "small price to pay."

The Georgia runoff election is scheduled for January 5, with early voting beginning on December 14. The runoffs will determine which party controls the Senate.

Other than the Republican Party, many supporters have also turned on Fox News, upset that the network has also called the election for President-elect Joe Biden. Another video of protests shows one person saying that Fox "betrayed us" in calling Arizona for Biden.

"After Fox News called Arizona prematurely for Joe Biden, I said, 'I will never watch Fox News again,'" the protester said.

On Parler, a Pro-Trump Call For Georgia Runoff Boycott Threatens Mitch McConnell's Plan to Restrain Biden

  On Parler, a Pro-Trump Call For Georgia Runoff Boycott Threatens Mitch McConnell's Plan to Restrain Biden Trump's claims of a "rigged" election has prompted distrust in the election process among his base.The two Georgia runoff elections, scheduled for January 5 with early voting starting on December 14, will determine control of the Senate, meaning Biden's ability to push through a Democratic agenda under his first term. But a number of pro-Trump Republicans have taken to Parler, the "free-speech" social media platform, to discourage members of their own party from voting.

Contacts for the Republican Party of Georgia did not respond to Newsweek's emailed requests for comment in time for publication.

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