These baseless claims have prompted a number of the president’s most ardent supporters to suggest writing to Mr. Trump rather than the two sitting Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The senators were both forced to participate in the second round of elections after failing to secure more than 50 percent of the vote, a requirement in Georgia.
Earlier this week, the hashtag #WriteInTrumpForGA was one of the hottest topics on Twitter, with some supporters mistakenly claiming that writing Mr. Trump could help shift presidential results in favor of the incumbent president .
Some of Mr. Trump’s most staunch supporters appear to believe that the two Georgian senators have not done enough to support the president’s fraud allegations. Some have even suggested baselessly that Senator Loeffler herself was an accomplice in electoral fraud.
Sidney Powell, an attorney who has been estranged from the Trump campaign, alleged without providing evidence that Senator Loeffler conspired with a voting technology company to suppress votes for Republican challenger Doug Collins.
A prominent Georgian lawyer, Lin Wood, last week called on Senator Loeffler and Senator Perdue to “come out of their basement” to support the president’s demands for “action” to remedy his loss in Georgia.
“Threatens to withhold your votes and your money.” Demand that they represent you, ”Mr. Lin tweeted.
According to Politico, die-hard Mr. Trump followers have used hashtags such as #CrookedPerdue and #CrookedKelly on both Twitter and Speak – the relatively new social media platform that has become a favorite among conservatives.
On Monday, Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son and a popular GOP figure, called on Republican voters to ignore calls to boycott Georgia.
“I see a lot of people who are supposed to be on our side telling GOP voters not to go and vote for @KLoeffler and @Perduesenate. It’s absurd. IGNORE these people, ”he tweeted.
Fox News host and Trump ally Tucker Carlson also urged Republicans to vote in the state on Tuesday.
“They have every reason to be mad at the party in Washington, they should be punished,” Carlson said, before adding, “The problem is, the rest of us shouldn’t be punished. . So before you decide to disregard this one, you should think about what that might mean. ”
Mr Trump on Thursday pledged to campaign for Ms Loeffler and Mr Perdue, allaying Republicans’ fears that the president would refuse to do so after failing to be reelected.
Then on Friday the president tweeted, “We need to get out there and help David and Kelly, two BIG people. Otherwise, we play into the hands of some very sick people. I’ll be in Georgia on Saturday! “
Ms Loeffler’s campaign has been contacted for comment. Mr. Perdue could not be reached for comment.
Georgia’s runoff has become the focus of the Republican Party in recent weeks, as failing to win either of the state’s two seats would mean the Senate is controlled by the Democrats, who control already in the House and will have a Democratic President in the White House next month.
Such an outcome would make it much more difficult for Republicans to block President-elect Biden’s legislative agenda.