Trump Is Endorsing Candidates Who Could Try to Help Him Steal 2024
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Trump has recently turned his attention to boosting allies in key races for jobs that will run the 2024 elections.
When President Trump arrives in Georgia on Saturday, he won't be there just to rally for candidates who've embraced his election lies. He'll be fighting for allies who could help him try to rig the election in 2024. A key reason that Trump's attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss failed was enough Republicans stood up to him at enough critical moments. "Trump appears to be trying to stack various places in the election process with people who have expressed support for his false statements about the election being stolen," said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine. "The more people in power counting the votes who cannot be trusted to fairly count the votes, the greater the danger we're in." Trump seems to be looking to help cronies win from the top of the ballot on down, putting them in positions of power they could leverage to pay him back if he's the nominee in 2024. Trump is heading to the state to promote a slate of candidates who have echoed his false election claims. That includes congressman Jody Hice, who, with Trump's endorsement, is favored to defeat Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Herschel Walker, who has echoed Trump's "Stop the Steal" rhetoric and is the GOP front-runner to face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. That's less likely to happen again in 2024. Trump is doing his damnedest to purge those democracy-defending Republicans from the GOP and anoint candidates who parrot his claims. He has already moved to remake the Senate GOP conference in his image by backing candidates like Walker, who blasted Republican lawmakers for not echoing Trump's lies after the election, and former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who as Trump's 2020 Nevada campaign co-chair called the 2020 elections "rigged" and filed numerous unsuccessful lawsuits to try to prove it. Laxalt is already fanning the flames of voter-fraud fears ahead of his own 2022 election, pledging in a recent interview…