Bridge To Democracy

Trump Threatens GOP Candidates: Endorse The Big Lie or Else

AB21’s “Bridge to Democracy” Program Essential in Defending Constitution From Anti-Democracy Republicans

Today, Donald Trump rescinded the endorsement of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks, directly citing Brooks’ unwillingness to endlessly parrot Trump’s false claims that he won the 2020 election.

Calling Brooks — who told soon-to-be-rioters at the January 6th insurrection that it was time for “kicking ass” —  “woke” for suggesting that Republicans move on from Trump’s conspiracy theories, Trump revoked his endorsement and said he would back another, presumably more puppet-like candidate in the near future.

In states across the country, Republicans who were once considered by some as “moderates” — a term used lightly considering their historic embrace of radical, far-right policies — have sprinted towards embracing Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories. In Wisconsin, frontrunner Rebecca Kleefisch — already snubbed once by Trump and fearing his wrath, especially after she said Joe Biden won — is now refusing to say whether she would have certified Wisconsin’s 2020 election.

“As the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump has made his demands abundantly clear — say you’ll overturn the 2020 election, or lose his support and face banishment,” said Jessica Floyd, president of American Bridge 21st Century. “GOP candidates across the country have gotten the message, and are loudly pushing to dismantle our democracy. They will stop at nothing, unless someone stops them first. That’s why our Bridge to Democracy program, which is focused on defending the Constitution and our right to vote by holding these anti-democratic Republicans accountable up and down the ballot, is more important than ever.”

Bridge to Democracy is a $10 million effort to keep elections free and fair against Republican democracy-deniers. The “Bridge To Democracy” project will target GOP candidates running in 2022 and 2023 who rejected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and are now running for offices across the country that have the power to oversee and overturn elections. 

The Bridge To Democracy project will center around a comprehensive opposition research program that will investigate local and state-level Republicans and use that information to win key elections. In the coming years, the project will likely expand across other states and will eventually add paid media in key races.

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