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Is Trump Trying to SABOTAGE the GOP?

the Mesh Report Staff December 31, 2020 Comments Off on Is Trump Trying to SABOTAGE the GOP?

Axios co-founder Mike Allen told CNBC on Thursday that some Republicans believe President Donald Trump is hurting the party’s chances in next week’s Georgia Senate runoffs.

“There’s a big strain of thought among Republicans that President Trump is sabotaging this race. He’s done so much to be unhelpful to those candidates,” Allen said on “Squawk Box,” referring to GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

“I talk to Republicans and they look at what’s happening, and they say, ’You know, he must be thinking, ‘I want to send a message, If I’m not on the ballot,  Republicans are in trouble,’” added Allen, a longtime political reporter in Washington.

Allen’s comments come ahead of Tuesday’s crucial runoff elections, which will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Loeffler is running against Democrat Raphael Warnock, while Perdue’s opponent is Democrat Jon Ossoff. Trump campaigned for Loeffler and Perdue earlier this month, and he is set to hold another rally in the state Monday.

Republicans need to win only one of the races to maintain a majority in the 100-seat Senate; the GOP currently holds a 50-48 advantage.

If both Democrats are victorious in Georgia, that would tip the scale in their party’s favor because Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaking vote. It also would mean Democrats control both chambers of Congress, plus the White House after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated Jan. 20. Biden defeated Trump in the Nov. 3 election, helped in part by his victory in Georgia. Biden was the first Democrat to win the state since 1992.

“Keeping a Republican majority in the Senate has been a priority for the President from the beginning,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement Thursday to CNBC. “He will be rallying voters to support Senators Perdue and Loeffler and warning that their opponents are leftist extremists who support higher taxes, the job-crushing Green New Deal, and amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.”

Allen, who co-founded Politico before going on to launch Axios in January 2017, said Republicans had initially felt confident that Loeffler and Perdue would defeat their Democratic challengers. “Georgia, despite the president-elect winning there, is still pretty red, so Republicans said, ‘In the end, this could be fine.’ They’re no longer sure it’s fine, and a lot of that has to do with the president,” Allen said.

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