Did Trump Mean To Tell Republicans Not To Vote?

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Former President Trump has caused quite a stir within the Republican party. He recently sent out the following statement: "If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do." Twitter went crazy, with many either supporting or criticizing Trump. Did Trump mean to tell Republicans not to vote? In short, no he didn't. But it's not so simple.

Numerous Americans, including myself, were disappointed by the results of the 2020 election. I do believe it was stolen from We The People. Trump is correct in bringing this up. However, his constant talk of discouraging voters isn't giving him a victory. Instead, it is giving Democrats a victory. By telling voters we shouldn't vote, guess what? They won't. Democrats will come out in full force to vote for their candidate, but Republicans won't because they believe what Trump is saying.

This is exactly what happened with the Georgia runoffs. Trump, Sidney "Didn't release the kracken" Powell, and Lin Wood told Georgia voters to NOT vote since there was fraud in Georgia. What do you know? Barely anyone showed up to vote, since they felt so discouraged by what these three said. 

Now I do think Trump genuinely misworded what he meant. I think what he was trying to say is that if any person running for office on the Republican side wants to win voters, they should talk about election reform, lest no one will vote for them. However, if you read it how it is, Trump gives the impression no one should vote since he lost. He certainly should have worded his statement better.

A writer for CNN stated this, and to be honest, I kind of agree with it. "What Trump is saying, quite simply, is that unless and until he is restored as president -- due to (nonexistent) voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election -- Republican voters should withhold their votes in the 2022 midterms (and the 2024 presidential election)." I still disagree with the "nonexistent voter fraud," but the writer raises an excellent point. If Trump's ego isn't fueled, Americans shouldn't vote. If CNN, of all media companies, can see Trump is hurting the Republican party, why isn't anyone else?

I've seen numerous journalists or conservative influencers share how people told them they refuse to vote anymore because they believe what Trump is saying. Anthony Cabassa put on his Instagram that he's "talked to hundreds of people they will never vote again." Now add that to the already thousands who don't vote, how will the Republican party win elections? How does Trump not see this? A better question is why do Republicans buy this?

Democrats know how powerful voting is, especially from freedom-loving patriots. That's why they want you to believe the lie that voting doesn't matter. They want you to believe that it's all rigged, so there's no point of you voting. We already know they cheat, but why give them the leverage to win? We vote because it's a privilege

This is why so many Republicans are done with Trump. At this point, he is hurting the GOP. I'm not giving them much credit. They're all in bed with the Democrats. But Trump is doing little to help. He still has a lot of influence, but he isn't using that influence to help get America First Republicans elected. He just wants to fuel his hurt ego. Nothing can be done to reverse what happened in the 2020 election. How do we fight it? By election pro-America leaders, not complaining about the past. We should be looking to the future. For me, it's sad to say it, but Trump is doing more harm than good for the GOP, and unless he fixes his act, he won't be successful in politics anymore. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I still support him, but let's be realistic.  If Trump doesn't return to how he was in 2016, he won't win again.

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