Trump threatened to withhold support for former Georgia Republican Senators Loeffler and Perdue unless they attacked Georgia election officials.
Jane Mayer from the New Yorker reported:
However, the price for Trump's collaboration rose higher and higher. Behind the scenes, Trump made indescribable demands, according to a well-informed Republican insider. He threatened to withhold his support for Loeffler and Perdue and refused to advertise them unless they joined his attacks on Georgia’s election officials and reiterated his false claims of widespread electoral fraud. Days before the runoff election, the insider said the president forced Perdue to leave the campaign for a secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Florida. There Trump forced Perdue not only to campaign for election fraud, but also to support an increase in the number of pandemic checks to $ 2,000 – a number McConnell and Senate Republicans spoke out against.
If Perdue refused, Trump made it clear, he could withdraw his support. At the time, a Perdue campaign spokesman denied that Trump had put Perdue under pressure. But shortly after the meeting in Mar-a-Lago, both Perdue and Loeffler repeated Trump's call for greater auxiliary controls and put themselves and McConnell in an embarrassing political bond.
Donald Trump was unable to get the Georgia Senators to support his electoral fraud claims on their merits and threatened them to support his nonsensical conspiracy that ultimately led to the attack on the Capitol.
The Republican Party lost control of the Senate because it allowed itself to be bullied by a man who had just lost the state in which they had to win to keep their majority. It's a position that goes against common sense until you understand that Republicans bought the Trump lie.
The biggest lie in a presidency full of lies was that Donald Trump had some kind of magical political power that he could bequeath to anyone who stood behind him and made his bid. Trump was nothing more than a thug and opportunist trying to use the Georgia Senate runoff election to stay in power.
In the end, both Trump and the Republican Party got exactly what they deserved.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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