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Trump’s ‘Suicidal’ Threat of 2024 Election Boycott Sets the Internet on Fire

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to threaten a Republican election boycott, sparking outrage on the right and celebration on the left.

SO WHAT

Can the GOP survive Trump’s campaign of vengeance?

THE STATEMENT

Trump said in a statement that “Republicans will not be voting” in the 2022 or 2024 election if “we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020.”

With the backing of most Republican voters, Trump has advanced unproven claims that systemic fraud cost him reelection, while punishing dissenters within the party.

THE REACTION

On the right: Prominent conservatives on Twitter, like National Review editor Rich Lowry, responded to Trump’s latest statement with dismay — warning of a repeat of Democrats’ sweep of the 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs.

Trump allies in the media also came out against the former president, who has toyed with running for a third time in 2024.

  • Radio host Jesse Kelly conceded Democratic “Election fraud is a BIG deal” and must be stopped,” but he added, “The most popular Republican in America telling his supporters their vote doesn’t matter is the dumbest, most suicidal thing I’ve ever seen.”

On the left: Many Trump critics, including podcaster Brian Tyler Cohen, celebrated the statement as an electoral boon for the Democrats.

Politico Playbook described it as “GOOD NEWS FOR DEMS IN 2022.”

Others, though, voiced fears of that Republicans would simply give up on democracy.

  • “What worries me is Republicans refusing to vote AND still insisting on maintaining power,” said progressive activist Zack Ford.

Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington later clarified that Trump wasn’t telling Republicans not to vote, but rather predicting they wouldn’t turn out pending a reckoning over 2020.

Republican leaders, meanwhile, mostly kept quiet — whether out of loyalty or fear.

  • “[Trump] is saying something most Republicans in positions of authority in congressional and Senate committees would like him not to be saying,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN Thursday.
  • “But … they are not saying publicly he’s got to stop doing this. They are averting their gazes and hoping it goes away and hoping not to amplify it.”

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