President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won Georgia, but that hasn't stopped people from claiming that President Trump still has a chance to change the outcome and win the state's 16 electoral votes.
The hashtag #WriteInTrumpForGA was one of the top trending topics on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon with more than 23,000 tweets. Many urged Georgian voters to cast their ballots in the January runoff election for the state's two Senate races for Mr Trump. According to the tweets, this would change the election result and get Mr. Trump re-elected.
That's not true. Georgia officials confirmed Mr. Biden's victory in the state last week, and the Senate races will not affect the presidential election. In addition, runoff elections in Georgia do not allow enrollment candidates. In fact, state officials said, there is no line for a registered letter on the paper ballot or a button for touchscreen voting.
"Our voters are definitely emotionally abused at the moment," said Jordan Fuchs, Georgia's deputy foreign minister, in an interview. "There's not even an option to enroll a candidate."
Georgia began a machine recount of votes cast in the presidential election on Tuesday at the request of Mr Trump's campaign, which state law allowed because the margin was less than 0.5 percentage points. However, an earlier handcount confirmed Mr Biden's lead in the state, which was over 12,000 votes, and state officials said the recount most likely would not change the result.
Some folks on Twitter and Parler, a social media site that has become a conservative haven, have recognized that diverting the votes of the state's two Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, their odds against their Democratic opponents would affect the runoff election on January 5th.
However, some Trump supporters said they should "punish" Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Perdue for not strengthening their support or investigation into Mr. Trump's unsubstantiated claims that machines running Dominion Voting Systems software changed votes in the presidential election.
"This is really simple: the GOP in every swing state (all of which were rightly won by Donald Trump) needs to ensure that their constituents cast their votes for the rightful winner," tweeted Pete D & # 39; Abrosca, who tried unsuccessfully to run for a seat of the US House of Representatives in North Carolina in 2020. "If the @GOP doesn't do this, we will punish Purdue and Loeffler in Georgia."
Representatives of the Loeffler and Perdue campaigns did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, pushed the idea back on Monday.
Those hoping for the election of Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic nominee, have also co-opted the hashtag #WriteInTrumpForGA. Many have posted ironic tweets to encourage Trump supporters to write on behalf of the president or to boycott the runoff election altogether to protest the unsubstantiated allegations of fraud. This would improve the Democrats' chances.
"I heard that when Republicans write 'Trump' for Ossoff / Warnock in Georgia, they own the libraries!" A user tweeted.
A Twitter spokesman said posts related to the subscribed hashtag would not violate the company's policy on citizen integrity and would not be flagged. Twitter is no longer adding warning signs to tweets about the result of the presidential election as they have already been called, the spokesman said.