MAGA Supporters Left Confused by Donald Trump's Call Not to Vote in Midterms, 2024

A number of Donald Trump supporters have criticized the former president's statement suggesting that Republicans not vote in the 2022 midterms or the 2024 election until the false claims of voter fraud in the previous election are "solved."

Trump has continued to push his baseless claims that the election he lost to President Joe Biden was rigged despite no evidence confirming this 11 months since the vote took place.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump made the confusing threat that his supporters should not vote in the two upcoming elections unless the GOP can fix the baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do," he said.

The statement was widely shared in a number of MAGA (Make America Great Again) and QAnon-linked channels on messaging service app Telegram, where users still believe Trump will somehow be reinstated back into the White House even if he doesn't intend to run in 2024 when the false cries of voter fraud are proven.

In reply, a number of people criticized Trump for telling his supporters not to vote in the upcoming elections, which they say would essentially pave the way for an easy victory for the Democrats.

"If we all just 'don't vote' then we have no chance in HELL and have no room to complain about what comes after," Telegram user April wrote. "That is just playing right into their hands. They want us to give up! We must ALL vote!!"

Another made reference to the QAnon belief that there exists a secret cabal of satanic pedophiles in the Democratic Party while asking why people wouldn't vote.

"But what happens if we don't vote? Does the evil cabal remain in power forever? Do they just appoint more of the same?? What???" asked Marge Bowser.

Telegram user Ogit Zeri added: "Not voting is not just what Marxists want, It's also stupid no matter how rigged the system is."

Others also criticized Trump directly, with the conspiracy theorists seemingly frustrated by the former president's failure to stop the alleged fraud from having taken place in the first place as well as by a fading likelihood that he will return as president.

"He should of did something when he had the chance. If I ever vote again I'm voting democrat just to twist the knife," wrote Mike Wiley.

Fellow Telegram user Greta Haakenson added: "Just STOP already, Trump. We've known this for years! You're preaching to the choir. You're making us crazy. Put up or shut up!!!! Either walk away to your comfortable lifestyle OR effing get your ass back in office. One or the other! Venting on us is causing your supporters to go insane!!!"

However, others did agree with Trump and said they would not be voting in any major future elections out of concerns about voter fraud.

"Precisely, and I've told my elected officials same thing. Never voting again, as long as machines are involved," one Telegram user, Dan, wrote.

"What's the point of voting if they cheat. Look what we got in office, unelected people enforcing the global agenda," added another user.

The statement from Trump is similar to a remark made by controversial pro-Trump attorney and influential QAnon figure Lin Wood ahead of the 2020 Georgia runoffs in which he told people not to vote for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue because of unsubstantiated fraud claims.

"They have not earned your vote," Wood told the crowd at a "Stop the Steal" rally in Georgia in December 2020. "Don't you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election for god's sake! Fix it! You gotta fix it!"

Loeffler and Perdue ended up losing to Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, giving the Democrats control of the Senate.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 09, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. The former president suggested that Republicans not vote in the 2022 midterms or the 2024 election until the false claims of voter fraud in the previous election are "solved." Scott Olson/Getty Images