Gingrich: 'Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are totally destructive'

Former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) on Thursday said pro-Trump attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are "totally destructive” after they reportedly urged Georgia voters not to cast ballots in the pivotal Senate runoff elections in January.

At an event on Wednesday, the attorneys reportedly told Georgians not to vote until their votes are “secure.” Wood specifically told people not to back GOP Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race MORE (Ga.) and David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (Ga.) until they speak out on President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE's behalf.

“Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are totally destructive,” Gingrich said on Twitter. “Every Georgia conservative who cares about America MUST vote in the runoff. Their dont vote strategy will cripple America.”

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Powell and Wood have made wild accusations about voter fraud and filed lawsuits in recent weeks challenging election results after Trump’s projected defeat.

Powell, whom the Trump campaign distanced itself from after making baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, reportedly encouraged “all Georgians to make it known that you will not vote at all until your vote is secure — and I mean that regardless of party.”

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In his pitch to voters, Wood reportedly said “This is Georgia. We ain’t dumb. We’re not going to go vote on Jan. 5 on another machine made by China.”

The comment appeared to refer to Dominion Voting Systems, which has been the subject of baseless claims alleging that it has ties to countries such as Venezuela and China, and to the families of prominent Democrats amid Trump’s projected defeat. The company has disputed the claims.

Wood also said that Perdue and Loeffler have not “earned” votes, and asked “Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election, for God's sake? Fix it! You gotta fix it!”

The remarks come as Trump is preparing to travel to Georgia to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue ahead of the state’s crucial runoff elections. The winners of the races will determine which party controls the upper chamber.