With the 2022 midterm elections now just 11 months away, Republicans across the country are feeling confident they have the issues and anger that will help propel them to retaking control of the the U.S. House and Senate when all the votes are counted.
But could the GOP actually be on the verge of watching as some of their voters sit home and refuse to vote in a form of protest regarding their incorrect belief that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
According to NBC News, there remains a percentage of pro-Trump voters across the country who say they see no need to participate in the 2022 balloting because it won’t make any difference. And that has top GOP leaders terrified:
There are signs that his voters’ anger over the 2020 election and their belief in the falsehood that his victory was stolen from him has only grown, even as some in the GOP have said they’d prefer to move on and focus on issues that may resonate with a wider swath of the electorate, like inflation.
Ironically, Republicans are trying to keep 2020 in front of their voters in the belief that doing so will motivate them to show up and vote in large numbers. But it may just as well depress GOP voter turnout, which would be catastrophic for candidates across the country:
The anger over the 2020 vote even has some election deniers questioning whether voting is worthwhile.
“Unless we fix what went down — and I voted ever since I was able to vote — I’m pretty well done,” Gary Taylor, 65, of Pinckney, said at the Michigan rally. “I mean, what’s the point? I think the whole damn thing is corrupt.”
Even if just a small percentage of Republican voters don’t participate, that could be more than enough to swing a close election to Democrats:
Sherrylyn Young, a candidate for the state Senate in Arizona, noted:
“I think there are a lot of people who are saying it’s rigged and there’s no point in even going out and voting. I hope that doesn’t happen.” It might be “enough to swing an election when it comes right down to it.”
If so, the only person to blame is Trump himself, who seems to envision winning in 2024 even as he continues to do everything possible to destroy the GOP with his reckless lies and conspiracy theories.
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