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Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, a Republican, speaks on the floor of the State Senate. AP Photo / John Bazemore

  • Republican Lieutenant Governor Duncan remains outraged by efforts to overturn the presidential election results, according to a new book.

  • Duncan has been highly critical of former President Trump’s discredited voter fraud allegations.

  • The lieutenant governor is targeting a “GOP 2.0” movement to make the party more inclusive.

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Republican Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan of Georgia, who endorsed the validity of the 2020 presidential election when many members of his party were pushing unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, said he was “still angry” at attempts by Republican lawmakers to “invalidate his the votes of their own constituents. “

Duncan, who was seen as a rising star in state politics when he was first elected in 2018 alongside Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, has been a staunch opponent of former President Donald Trump’s crusade against the Georgia’s election results, which saw the incumbent narrowly lose the state to now-President Joe Biden last fall.

In his recently published book, “GOP 2.0,” the lieutenant governor made a case for a more independent and inclusive party, while emphasizing the consequences of Republican mistrust of voting systems, which he claimed included the loss of two Republican seats in the Senate. held by David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the January runoff elections.

Duncan, referring to former United States Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, said the World War II veteran always had a Tenth Amendment note card in his pocket.

The amendment reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The lieutenant governor said the elections fall directly under the powers granted by the amendment and was angered by the fact that Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, with the backing of Trump, 17 Republican attorneys general and more than 100 Republican members of Congress , sued Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin over their election laws.

Duncan was highly critical of how Perdue and Loeffler, along with seven Republican members of the Georgia Congress and 28 Republican state legislators, supported the demands.

“They wanted to invalidate the votes of their own constituents and strip their own state of its sovereignty!” he wrote.

After the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, Duncan said he believed the fight against Biden’s victory and the rights of the states was over, but he was wrong.

“Seven Republican senators and 138 members of the House continued to fan the flames of disinformation and attack the principle of states’ rights by objecting to the Electoral College count on January 6, 2021,” he wrote. “They openly tried to claim principles while covertly carrying mallets to the pillars of democracy. Some pointed to the doubt among the public.”

He emphasized: “Hearing that, I almost screamed on TV: ‘You created the doubt in the first place!'”

The lieutenant governor went on to explain how some Republican lawmakers were raising funds out of his desire to override the election, which he said was rooted in deception.

“These elected leaders continued to spread unfounded lies and doubts,” he wrote. “Several US senators sent fundraising requests to Georgians, vowing to fight fraud in Georgia from afar if good Georgians could send them $ 10, $ 50, $ 100 or more. This group of senators and representatives essentially voted to legally discount more than 10 million ballots cast by US citizens in elections fairly run by sovereign states diligently exercising their responsibilities under the Tenth Amendment. “

He added: “Outsiders, and unfortunately Georgia officials as well, tried to mislead my nearly 11 million voters across the state, take their money and discard their votes. I wasn’t having it. I’m still furious.”

Duncan announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election in 2022 and would instead focus on the independent GOP 2.0 movement to expand the Republican coalition.

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