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Bay County GOP Continues Referring To President-elect Biden As 'President-imposed'

Valerie Crowder
Terry Cypher, a GOP volunteer, gets ready for the presidential debate watch party at the Bay County Republican Party headquarters in Panama City on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

Members of the Bay County Republican Party will continue referring to President-elect Joe Biden as president-imposed after he’s inaugurated this week.

Vice Chairman Tho Bishop says the resolution, which party leaders passed in early December, is a peaceful form of resistance, unlike the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

“The Bay County Republican Party stands with President Trump,” said Tho Bishop, vice chairman of the county’s GOP executive committee. “We saw this as a way of making it clear where this specific party stands, so that the people in our community feel represented.”

Biden's swearing-in ceremony will take place on Wednesday.

Trump secured about 71 percent of the vote in Bay County. Bishop says the local party is giving a voice to Trump supporters who might otherwise feel left out of the political process.

“There are a lot of Republican voters that trust Trump a lot more than they do the GOP establishment," Bishop said. “They fear they are going to lose their party to the Mitch McConnell’s of the world. And I think they see us taking a stand as a sign that we’re not going to do that.”

The county’s Republican State Committeewoman-elect Mitzi Prater has publicly opposed the local chapter’s public refusal to recognize the legitimacy of a Biden presidency.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.