Whatever meager chances Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue had of winning another term in the U.S. Senate were very likely shot to hell the moment Donald Trump began speaking at a rally for the two in Georgia on Monday evening.
For example, Trump was supposedly trying to get Republicans to turn out and vote, but the remarks he made during his speech were anything but supportive of the importance of casting a ballot, with the president declaring:
If elections are rigged in Georgia, why should anyone bother to take the time to vote? It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of democracy when the head of state lambastes the very idea of participating in the most basic tenet of any healthy republic.
Even Republicans are convinced that Trump has destroyed the party with his endless whining, lawsuits, and schemes to subvert the will of American voters, and they’re predicting Loeffler and Perdue are probably doomed, too.
Frank Luntz is one of the most well-known Republican pollsters in the country, and he believes the GOP is about to be handed a complete loss of power in the nation’s capital, telling CNBC on Tuesday:
“There is a greater divide in the Republican Party than there is in the Democratic Party. The party is in the process of tearing itself apart and you don’t do that now, when you’re this close to the most important Senate election, literally, in a lifetime. Democrats are unified, Republicans are not and that’s what gives them the advantage.”
What does that mean when the votes are counted in Georgia and Joe Biden is confirmed as the next president by a joint session of Congress o Wednesday? According to Luntz:
All of Trump’s claims of voter fraud, Luntz added, have hurt Republican turnout in Georgia:
“Democrats are voting in record numbers over the last two, three weeks. Republicans are being told to stay home and Donald Trump, when he shows up to deliver that final rallying cry, he spends as much time talking about his own election as he does about the Republicans.”
How do you know when your political party is screwed? When the ostensible leader of it trashes the very idea of participating in self-government.
Everything Trump touches dies. Absolutely everything.