Georgia Republican Backs Biden and Slams Trump Loyalists

( – In an op-ed published May 6, Republican and former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced his support for President Joe Biden in November’s election, criticizing those who support former President Donald Trump.

Duncan called it “disappointing” to see Republicans, such as Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, “fall in line behind” Trump. He stated that “through his conduct and his character,” Trump has “disqualified himself.” He said Trump being the presumptive Republican presidential nominee leaves him “no choice” but to support Biden until the Republicans “move on from the Trump era.”

The hush money case against Trump in New York and Trump’s promoting of the “unfounded conspiracy theories” that resulted in the events of Jan. 6, 2021, are reasons Duncan gave for not supporting Trump. Duncan served as president of the Georgia state Senate when Trump met with Georgia state lawmakers about his theories about the 2020 election.

He pushed back on the argument of some “reluctant Trump supporters” who support Trump only because they disagree with Biden’s policy decisions by saying Trump’s final year in office “was hardly a time of tranquility.” He mentioned Trump’s former attorney general, Bill Barr, criticizing him for his support of Trump.

He added that Trump “is not a Republican,” adding that he “doesn’t represent our brand” or “our future.”

Though he said he has been a member of the Republican Party his “entire life,” he would vote for Biden, who he called a “decent person.”

However, despite his support for Biden, Duncan noted that Republicans need to “work to elect GOP congressional majorities to block” Biden’s legislative agenda.

Duncan did not seek re-election in 2022. The political organization No Labels had promoted Duncan as a possible candidate for a bipartisan unity ticket. In March, Duncan announced he had withdrawn his name for consideration. In April, No Labels stated it had failed to find a candidate and would not pursue a bipartisan unity ticket.

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