As Georgia Republicans continue to splinter between the two warring candidates, Trump encourages the expensive intraparty melee and asks candidates to stay in the race and keep “fighting”
ATLANTA — Today, President Donald Trump became the latest GOP official to pour gasoline on the raging intraparty fight between supposed top Trump ally Congressman Doug Collins and unelected “political mega-donor” Senator Kelly Loeffler, telling them, “don’t anybody get out” of their Republican-on-Republican brawl.
The “nasty GOP fight” between the two candidates has become particularly brutal and expensive lately as Collins continues to peel away supporters from Loeffler’s weak campaign while Loeffler has fired back by dumping her millions into ads slamming Collins on Georgia’s airwaves. The increasingly toxic back and forth has led to former Loeffler supporters calling her conduct “embarrassing” while Collins’ team slams Loeffler’s campaign as “vile and unpleasant.”
Yet instead of trying to calm tensions in an escalating intraparty war, Trump is content to encourage the fighting, particularly after he himself tried (and failed) to nudge Collins out early on — and as Loeffler’s campaign refuses to deny reports that she “threatened to withhold financial support for the president’s re-election effort unless he helped get her top Republican opponent out of the race.”
“The Democratic Party of Georgia would like to thank President Trump for encouraging a toxic and expensive intraparty GOP fight that leaves Georgia Democrats as the only winners,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “While both Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins take Trump’s advice and continue to launch desperate and self-destructive attacks on each other, Democrats are focusing on issues like health care, job recovery, and ending Washington corruption that matter to Georgia voters.”