Five weeks after the 2020 elections, most elected Republicans around the nation remain silent in public about the re-election defeat of President Donald Trump, except for in the state of Georgia, where top GOP leaders have spoken out more forcefully in recent days, making it clear that the results show Joe Biden was indeed the winner of the Peach State.
“It has been unbelievable to see the mountains of misinformation fly in from every angle,” Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said on CBS ‘This Morning,’ as he made the morning TV rounds on Monday.
“This isn’t a third world country here in Georgia,” Duncan told CNN. “We’ve been running elections for a long, long time.”
Duncan’s comments came a day after Gov. Brian Kemp (R) refused a request by President Trump for a special session of the Georgia legislature, in order to appoint electors who would vote next week for Mr. Trump.
“In the 1960s, the General Assembly decided that Georgia’s presidential electors will be determined by the winner of the state’s popular vote,” Gov. Kemp said on Sunday, after being called by the President.
By Monday night, the President attacked Duncan on Twitter.
“Too dumb or corrupt to recognize massive evidence of fraud in GA & should be replaced!” the President tweeted about the Lt. Governor. “We need every great Georgian to call him out!”
“It’s a disgrace to our country,” the President told reporters earlier on Monday when asked about the elections. “It’s like a third-world country.”
Outside of Georgia leaders, most Republicans continue to stay quiet as the President continues his assault on elections officials and the election process.
“Continuing to make debunked claims of stolen elections is hurting our state,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters on Monday in Atlanta.
The lonely voices of GOP leaders in Georgia has not gone unnoticed in Washington.
“First, it was the right thing to do,” said political expert Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. “They did three recounts, and the results were clear. To do otherwise would be duplicitous and wrong -- and deeply destructive.”
“To suggest that the election they ran was fraudulent would call into question future elections of which they were a part,” Ornstein added, as the state will hold a pair of U.S. Senate runoffs in four weeks.
Still, Georgia clearly stands out like a sore thumb when it comes to Republicans acknowledging the Trump defeat.
The President’s comments came as more cases were tossed out by judges around nation on Monday, as the effort by Mr. Trump and his allies has gone nowhere to overturn the election results.
“The closest Plaintiffs get to alleging that election machines and software changed votes for President Trump to Vice President Biden in Wayne County is an amalgamation of theories, conjecture, and speculation that such alterations were possible,” a Michigan judge wrote in tossing out a lawsuit from a Trump ally.