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MANCHESTER, NH – Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says he is getting “very little push back” from fellow Republicans over his growing effort to reboot Donald Trump as expected after the GOP.

Duncan highlighted that other Republicans quietly came up to him and thanked him for “doing the right thing” and told him “it means a lot to this country, it means a lot to this party.”

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The lieutenant governor of Georgia made his remarks in a national exclusive interview with Granthshala News and during an address to an audience at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Tuesday, where Duncan launched the inaugural event to sell “GOP 2.0”. That was the idea behind his new one. The book and his emerging push to fix a Republican party, which he says has been damaged by former President Trump.

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“It’s a better route for our conservative party,” Duncan insisted. “If done properly, GOP 2.0 is going to be a safe place for CommonSense conservatives to call home. It’s going to allow us to win on the policy front, but it’s also going to allow us to win on the ballot boxes.” the giver.”

Duncan insisted that “our job as Republicans now is to use all the good work we’ve done over the years, all those great policy positions that matter to most Americans, and then take those things for granted.” -Evaluate what we need. To improve. What can we do better.”

“With just a few course adjustments … I believe the GOP can get back on track,” Duncan predicted.

Former college baseball star and minor league pitcher Heath Care turned executive — who served as Georgia state legislator before his 2018 election as lieutenant governor — for the 2020 election to speak out against then-President Trump’s unfounded claims. The following weeks drew national attention. “Massive Voter Fraud.”

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“I was doing my best to find out if there was any systemic fraud in that election, and every day the answer was no. We never found any fraud. We never got any secret information that could help us. Find out if the election was rigged, because it wasn’t,” Duncan said.

Georgia was one of six states where now-President Biden narrowly sidelined Trump, helping him win the White House. Duncan along with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and GOP Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger resisted Trump’s requests to reverse the election results in the Peach State.

“I was very aggressive in speaking out against fraud very early and often,” Duncan said.

But his public outcry against Trump in national interviews sparked threats against him and his wife, which required protection by state troops.

The path Duncan is currently taking is dangerous because, nine months removed from the White House, Trump is very popular with most Republican voters and extremely influential with GOP politicians. The former president continues to play the role of a kingmaker in party politics and spurs another presidential race in 2024. But he continued to sue Biden again over his 2020 loss and pushed for election audits in several states across the country.

“The reality is that Donald Trump has a zero percent chance of becoming President of the United States again,” argued Duncan. “It will become more and more clear to people across the country that this is an invincible strategy, this divisive rancor, this divisive tone that is not a win-win strategy for secession.”

Duncan predicted that “it’s not going to be heavily grounded for election fraud and conspiracy theories and divisive xenophobia. Republicans are going to wake up in this country and just want to win. And I think GOP 2.0 will do that.” What we’ll see again in Donald Trump is a short-term sugar high. And I guarantee you beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump fever is about to break.”

“Certainly we hope it will happen before 2024,” Duncan insisted. And he added that “the GOP 2.0 wants to be there to pick up the pieces, to really play that leadership role in how we move forward, we really, really inspire a nation instead of talking to a nation.” to go back.”

While Duncan looks to the GOP after Trump, the former president’s immense clout over the Republican Party just doesn’t detract. Trump continues to head the party with major functions and fundraising, and at his big rally in Iowa earlier this month, top leaders from that state’s GOP establishment attended and spoke out in support of the former president.

Trump critic Geoff Duncan decides against 2022 election as lieutenant governor of Georgia

Duncan announced in May that he would not seek re-election the following year. As Kemp and Raffensperger seek re-election in 2022, they are facing the wrath of Trump. The former president has already backed a primary challenger against Raffensperger and is seeking to recruit a candidate to take on Kemp. But Duncan said the prospect of Trump being on the Most Wanted list was not a reason not to seek a second term.

“I want to have a much-needed dialogue with America and try to do what I need to do if I’m running for re-election and win a primary and a general in Georgia, So I can’t have the conversation that needs to happen now,” he explained.

The location of Duncan’s kickoff event for GOP 2.0 raised eyebrows, as the New Hampshire Institute of Politics must stop for White House candidates in the state that hosts the first primary in the presidential nomination calendar for a century. Duncan said that “we intend to play a key role in shaping the Republican nominee for GOP 2.0.”

But will Duncan join the list of potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders?

“There’s a lot of work to be done to heal and rebuild the party between here and 2024. If I look at my to-do list every day, it’s a mile long and there are a lot of deserving people I think Going to help us with GOP 2.0 and try to pull it together,” he told Granthshala News.

Asked again about any potential national ambitions, Duncan said no.

Instead, he teased that “I certainly look forward to being back in New Hampshire in the years to come” and added that “it would certainly be an honor to be in that conversation, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”