Republicans are so concerned that Trump backers will boycott the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff elections that they are working with Donald Trump Jr. to launch a super PAC.
Hopes are that the PAC will help prod Donald Trump’s supporters to vote in Georgia.
Save the U.S. Senate PAC will begin airing commercials this week that feature Trump Jr. The commercials are aimed at mobilizing backers of Trump in the Peach State.
Reportedly the first series of commercials starring Trump Jr will run ahead of the Jan. 5 vote. The vote is vital to who will be in control of the Senate.
The super PAC’s commercials will air only on conservative radio and television stations. The PAC is investing six figures just to run the first ads in the state.
Senior Republicans are greatly concerned that Donald Trump’s accusations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia and other key states will have bad side effects that will discourage voters from casting their votes in the runoffs.
Online Trump supporters have accused Republican senators that are up for election, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, of failing to do enough to intervene in the state’s ballot counting. Social media has seen the hashtags #CrookedKelly and #CrookedPerdue. Many Trump supporters have been calling for Trump supporters to write in his name.
The Super PAC hopes to extinguish that kind of talk online.
“There is a critical role that must be played in both Georgia Senate runoffs: turning out the Trump vote. We know from past midterms and special elections that the Trump voter is not guaranteed to every Republican candidate, which is why it’s vital to directly engage these voters and not take them for granted,” said Andy Surabian, a Donald Trump Jr. adviser who is helping with the new super PAC as well.
“To that end, we are launching an aggressive campaign in support of the two Republican candidates, focused on energizing and turning out Trump supporters, using television, radio, and digital ads featuring Donald Trump Jr.,” Surabian added.
There is just over a month until the runoffs and state leaders are racing to properly address the issue.
On Saturday in Marietta, Ga., Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel got into a heated exchange with Trump supporters that stated they saw little reason to vote in January because they believe that the race has already been decided for the Democrats.
“It’s not decided. This is the key — it’s not decided,” McDaniel stated.
“If you lose your faith and you don’t vote and people walk away — that will decide it,” McDaniel added, saying that “we’ve got to focus on Jan. 5 right now” and address concerns about voter fraud later on.
Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter last week to ask supporters to “IGNORE” calls to sit out on the runoff.
There is no doubt that the super PAC will also add fire to the talk about Trump Jr running for president in 2024. However, those closest to Trump Jr say that he is more interested in playing a “kingmaker” role within the Republican party. It is expected that he will play a major role in the 2022 midterm elections.
Republican leaders say that they welcome Trump Jr’s help.
“Donald Trump Jr. has been incredibly helpful all cycle, and he’s been particularly helpful calling out bad actors looking to mislead Georgia voters,” said Jesse Hunt, a National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman.