It’s time for this to stop

Donald Trump just can’t seem to win. That is because he is wrong. His continued assertions that the 2020 election was “rigged” in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor are ludicrous. Not only has Christopher Krebs publicly confirmed the security of the election, but Trump’s own fixer William Barr has confirmed that the Justice Department’s investigation revealed that no widespread voter fraud occurred. Speaking to the AP, Barr said that U.S. attorneys and the FBI worked tirelessly to follow up on Trump’s complaints but found that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” The more Trump carries on this nonsense, the more people are becoming tired of him, especially other Republicans.

A recent Gallup survey showed that Donald Trump’s post-election favorability rating is 42% while President-elect Biden’s has risen to 55%. Gallup explained that part of those ratings reflect a doubling of Republican support for Biden and a drop in Republican support for Trump, as well as independent support, which has dropped to 36%. Biden now enjoys 55% of support from independents. The contrast between these two men could not be clearer. Trump has continued his divisive ways, though he is now dividing the Republican party. He is totally unconcerned that his rhetoric can hurt Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in trying to retain their seats, but he (supposedly) traveling to Georgia to help the senators’ campaigns. Many in Georgia want him to stay in Washington because he is dividing the party and encouraging Republicans not to vote. Conversely, Biden has methodically plugged along, naming team members and acting as if Trump does not even exist. In a sense, he does not. Trump had the opportunity to make the transition happen quickly considering the needs created by coronavirus. Instead, he decided to focus on what has always been his focus: Donald Trump.

Gabriel Sterling is Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s “right hand man.” Sterling has had it with Trump and his ilk. A young technician working on the recount has been outed on Twitter, with calls for him to be “hanged for treason,” and a noose was hung in his yard. Caravans of Trump supporters have been stalking Raffensperger’s home, and his wife has received sexually explicit threats according to NPR. Sterling, who has tried his best to remain calm during this storm, is sick of the claims of fraud coming from Trump, who is being egged on by both Loeffler and Perdue. Those two had better be worried about their own races.

People are extremely tired of this division and hate, including members of their own party. If you think about it, though, that is all these two have. While Ossoff and Warnock talk about needs of Georgians before, during, and after coronavirus, all these two have is scare tactics, so demonizing the election fits right into their plans. Hopefully, they will see the failure of their non-campaigns on January 5th. As Sterling said, “It is time for this to stop.” We can stop it with our vote.

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