NYT Reports That Trump Is Seeking “To Punish Those He Believes Have Crossed Him” And Is Allegedly Focused On Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Let it go, dude.

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Donald Trump isn’t a graceful loser, and according to the New York Times, the former President is seeking revenge on Republicans who didn’t try to help him overthrow the election results. Trump is reportedly laser-focused on Georgia officials. Like a dog with a bone, Trump can’t seem to let go and admit defeat.

“So far he has focused primarily on Georgia, where he believes the Republican governor and secretary of state betrayed him by certifying his loss there,” the NYT reports. “Both are up for re-election in 2022. And he took something of a test run over the weekend by getting involved in the leadership fight in Arizona’s Republican Party, after Kelli Ward, the firebrand chairwoman, asked for his help in gaining re-election, according to a person familiar with the discussions.”

Trump wants revenge.


“Already there is a movement at the state and local levels to challenge incumbent members of Congress seen as breaking with the former president, starting with the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him this month,” the paper reports.

Trump was considering forming a third party. I suggest he call it the Party of Sedition.

‘As President Biden’s inauguration approached, Mr. Trump began telling some allies that he was considering forming a third party if Republicans moved to convict him in the Senate trial,” the report continues. “But by Saturday, after his own advisers said it was a mistake, Mr. Trump started sending out word that he was moving on from his threat.”

“Mr. Trump would like to seek retribution against House members who voted against him, and he has been particularly angry with Representatives Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Fred Upton of Michigan, advisers said,” according to the outlet. “He will also at some point focus on the governor’s race in Arizona, where Doug Ducey cannot seek re-election; Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election bid in Texas; and the Senate race in North Carolina, as places where he can show strength, the advisers said. (One adviser disputed that Mr. Trump would have an interest in the Texas race.)”

Trump is targeting Gov. Brian Kemp.

“Mr. Trump’s deepest hostility is reserved for Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, advisers said, and they expect he will expend the most energy trying to damage Mr. Kemp’s re-election bid,” the paper reports. “The governor’s original sin was in choosing Kelly Loeffler over Mr. Trump’s favored candidate, Doug Collins, to fill a vacant Senate seat in 2019, but it evolved into something more consuming as Mr. Trump repeated his debunked claims of widespread fraud in the state and held Mr. Kemp responsible for not doing enough to challenge the election results.”

According to the newspaper, Trump is also targeting Rep. Liz Cheney over her vote to impeach the former President. Republicans created a monster that is now trying to destroy them. Trump won’t go away quietly, apparently.

You can read the full report here.

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