Mike Lindell claimed Saturday that the Georgia primary was “stolen” to discredit former President Donald Trump’s record of successfully supporting candidates.
Trump endorsed several candidates ahead of the Georgia primary. Notably, he supported former Senator David Perdue, who was running for governor against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, and Rep. Jody Hice, who was running for secretary of state against incumbent GOP President Brad Raffensperger. Kemp and Raffensperger evoked the former president’s ire after refusing to back his baseless allegations of cheating in the 2020 presidential election.
However, the two easily won their primaries, crossing the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff, dealing a blow to Trump’s influence within the GOP. Kemp received 73.7 percent of the vote while Perdue received only 21.8 percent. Meanwhile, Raffensperger had a closer race, winning 52.3 percent over Hice’s 33.4 percent.
Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and a staunch Trump ally, enthusiastically backed claims that widespread voter fraud was to blame for Trump’s 2020 defeat and offered a new electoral conspiracy linked to the Georgia primary.
He argued in remarks ahead of Trump’s Wyoming rally on Saturday that the Georgia election was stolen to minimize the impact of Trump’s endorsements. However, no evidence was presented to support his claim.
“Everything in Georgia was stolen,” the MyPillow CEO said. “They wanted to throw it in our real president’s face and say, ‘Your endorsements mean nothing.’ You know what, you made it so obvious. You think crooked Brian Kemp got 73 percent or whatever? Impossible!”
Trump’s support has been sought by candidates running for various offices around the country hoping to win over his loyal constituency. The former president has mainly backed candidates who have backed his allegations of voter fraud.
However, the results of some of the most important GOP primaries suggest that supporting Trump does not automatically ensure victory.
In addition to two big losses last Tuesday, Dr. Mehmet Oz, his candidate of choice in the Pennsylvania Senate race, forced into a recount due to his very narrow margin over former hedge fund CEO David McCormick. However, Oz has declared himself the presumptive nominee. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who Trump supported, also lost his North Carolina primary to Sen. Chuck Edwards earlier this month.
Still, some of his recommended candidates won their primaries easily, including Herschel Walker, who met little opposition in the Georgia Senate primary, and other candidates who ran in heavily conservative counties.
Raffensperger’s office previously criticized Lindell after he said the secretary of state should be arrested over the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Mike Lindell’s nonsensical parade only damages public confidence in elections. This isn’t just a problem in Georgia, it’s a national problem. He knows he’s lying – but he’s gotten so deep in the grave that he might even believe his own lies,” a spokesman for Raffensperger said news week in February. “Flooding our offices with bizarre chain letters won’t change the outcome of 2020 — but it will change the outcome for Republicans staying home because of these off-base antics in 2022.”
news week reached out to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office for comment.
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