Donald Trump is threatening to tell his supporters not to vote in the next election cycles if Republican politicians don’t make a bigger deal out of supposed “voter fraud.” In one of his “official statements,” which are basically just tweets on a different platform, Trump said: “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.” It would probably be unethical for progressives to tell Trump supporters not to vote because we want to encourage everyone to participate in democracy (and they wouldn’t listen to us anyway). But if Trump himself is willing to send this message to his supporters, it would be hard for folks on the left not to revel in that. A message like this from Trump could depress support for Republican candidates just enough for Democrats to have a successful midterm season and maybe even 2024 campaign. One of the reasons Democrats were able to win back the Senate this term was because they won the two runoff elections in Georgia, when Trump depressed his party’s own turnout by telling people the elections were rigged. Certainly the former president is just using this as a negotiating tactic, but it’s one that in the end could just so happen to help Democrats and progressives.
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