Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel lashed out on Saturday as she tried to convince Republicans to vote in the Georgia Senate runoff election to be for GOP candidates in Peach State.
Republicans Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face tough re-election campaigns in the state after receiving no more than 50% of the vote on November 3, Senate majority and control.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles tweeted a video of an exchange between McDaniel and a voter in which McDaniel responded to an apparently deflated voter who asked, “How are we going to miss money and work when it’s decided?”
“It’s not decided, that’s the key. It is not decided! “Said McDaniel.
In Georgia today – @GOPChairwoman Ronna McDaniel forced to respond to Republicans calling for more efforts against President Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud – in place of the incredibly important runoff #GASen.
Our report from Marietta: pic.twitter.com/Pf2yxUb8w4
– Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) November 28, 2020
“So if you lose your faith and don’t vote and people walk away, that will decide,” McDaniel told the crowd, pointing to Perdue’s lead of more than 88,000 votes over Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff on the November 3rd election.
McDaniel’s efforts to rally local Republicans to invest in the upcoming run-off elections come because President Trump dedicated a significant portion of him Thanksgiving press conference to false claims of electoral fraud in the state.
President Trump has waged a war on the democratic process in Georgia, falsely making allegations of widespread electoral fraud, and calling Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger (R) a “so-called Republican” and “enemy of the people”, GOP officials said his own family voted for Trump and “lost” as he tried to ensure the integrity of the elections while the sitting president and his allies sought to interfere.
On Thursday, Trump announced plans to travel to Peach State to promote his allies. Loeffler painted herself a Trump loyalist, and Perdue stood on the podium at a Trump campaign rally in October and appeared to deliberately mispronounce the name of then-Senate colleague and now-elected Vice President Kamala Harris.
Both Perdue and Loeffler have asked Raffensperger to resign for no reason.
During a press conference on Thursday, Trump told reporters that he had confided in the GOP senators who are seeking re-election in the state: “I think you are dealing with a very fraudulent system. I am very concerned about that. “
It is now McDaniel’s job to revive voters who, if sympathetic to their failed candidate, appear to believe his perpetual false claims of electoral fraud. In continuing to make these claims to mitigate the blow of his own loss, Trump has done his party a disservice.
At least one voter made a false claim on Saturday Voting machines changed votes that favored the president.
“We didn’t see that during the exam,” said the RNC chairman. “I haven’t seen that evidence, so we’ll wait and see.”
In her final statement, McDaniel advocated disaffected voters who could not recognize Trump’s loss and were skeptical of officials in their own state.
“We have to focus on January 5th now,” said McDaniel. “We can take care of these other things later.”