- Trump continues to claim without evidence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
- Trump claimed his supporters would sit out elections if the GOP didn’t back his election fraud claims.
- “Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24” if the claims were not addressed, he said Wednesday.
Former President Donald Trump has claimed that his supporters will sit out future elections if the Republican Party did not address his baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him.
“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24,” Trump said in a statement emailed to his supporters Wednesday.
“It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”
Since leaving office in January, Trump has continued to claim that last year’s presidential election was rigged in Joe Biden’s favor through widespread voter fraud.
-Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 13, 2021
No evidence has emerged to support his claims, which election officials called “the most secure in American history.” Federal judges dismissed a total of more than 50 lawsuits brought by Trump and his campaign in their efforts to overturn the election.
Multiple partisan election audits in GOP-led states, including an Arizona audit of more than 2 million ballots, have also failed to uncover any evidence of voter fraud.
Meanwhile, Trump has continued to float the prospect of running for president again in 2024, and he – along with other senior Republican figures – has expressed confidence that the GOP can retake control of Congress in the 2022 midterms.
Trump’s insistence on the GOP’s prioritizing his voter-fraud theories also exposes divisions in the party about how to approach the midterms.
Two GOP officials this week urged Republican voters to support Democratic candidates in next year’s elections, arguing that Trump’s continued “conspiracy theories and lies about stolen elections” had resulted in the party being taken over by “pro-Trump extremists.”
Republican strategists have also suggested that Trump’s continued claims of voter fraud may already have dampened GOP voter turnout in the Georgia Senate runoffs this January, NPR reported, which saw Republicans lose control of the Senate.