Donald Trump’s attacks on Republican officials in Georgia and insistence on his defeat Joe Biden The deputy governor of Southern State said on Sunday that he had to be turned over is a disgusting thing.
“It’s not American,” Geoff Duncan told CNN of the State of the Union. Democracy is not everything. But it is a reality now. “
President They march in Valdosta, Georgia Saturday evening. His speech, which lasted more than 90 minutes, began by falsely claiming that he had won the state, which he lost in fact by about 12,000 votes in a result certified by Republican Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger over two weeks ago.
Trump falsely insisted, “They cheated and rigged our presidential elections, but we will still win them.” And they’ll try to get this ready [Senate] Elections too. “
Two Georgian Republicans will face a run-off on January 5 that will determine control of the Senate. On Sunday evening, Kelly Loeffler will debate her Democratic rival, Raphael Warnock. Center Controversy Due to stock trades both Republicans have made during the Covid-19 pandemic, David Purdue has refused to argue with his competitor, John Usoff.
In Valdosta, President Purdue and Loofler invited to the podium. Neither of them repeated their baseless allegations of election fraud, and Purdue came close to saying, “We will fight and win these seats and make sure you get a fair and square deal.” Georgia. “
As Purdue spoke, the crowd chanted: “Fight for Trump!”
Some suggest that Trump’s attack on the presidential election may reduce Republican turnout.
“I think the rally last night was kind of a two-part message,” Duncan told CNN. The first part was very encouraging to hear the president championing the conservative strategies of Senator Loeffler and Berdio, and the importance of their re-election.
The second message was important to me. I’m afraid … fanning the flames over misinformation puts us in a negative position regarding the January 5th run-off. Mountains of disinformation are not helpful in this process. They just hurt her. “
CNN’s Jake Taber asked Duncan, “At a certain point, does that disgust you?”
“Oh, that definitely disgusts me,” said Duncan.
In Valdosta, Trump read from a prepared list of illogical evidence that he said underscored his victory. This included the argument that by winning in Ohio and Florida, he had actually won the entire election, and also that his unchallenged Republican primary victory was evidence of his defeat in November.
Trump lost the electoral college 306-232 and dented the popular vote by more than 7 million. I carried it Legal challenges launched in different countries. The majority were rejected or dropped. the campaign Foot A new lawsuit in Georgia on Friday.
Trump has turned his anger on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, a former ally who called him from the White House on Saturday to demand that the Georgia result be annulled.
“Your governor could stop it very easily if he knew what the hell he was doing,” Trump told his supporters, adding, “For whatever reason your secretary of state and your governor feared Stacy Abrams.”
Abrams, the staunch voting rights advocate who won Kemp as governor in 2018, helped boost turnout and secure the state for Biden, the first Democrat to win since 1992.
On Sunday, Duncan was asked whether Kemp would do what Trump asked, calling a special session of the state’s general assembly to appoint its electors to Trump, a demand of one of the critics. call “Shockingly undemocratic.”
“I fully believe that the governor will not invite us to attend a private session,” Duncan said.
In a furious intervention earlier this week, Georgian Election Officer Gabriel Sterling said of Trump’s attacks on Kemp, Ravensberger and other Republicans: “Someone is going to be hurt, someone will shoot. Someone is going to be killed. It’s not true. It’s all gone too far. very “.
“We’re all getting … more security around us and our families,” Duncan said [but] We will continue to do our jobs. Governor Kemp, Brad Ravensberger and I, the three voted and campaigned for the president, but unfortunately he didn’t win Georgia. “
Duncan avoided a question about the wisdom of holding a rally in which many of the attendees did not wear masks, as cases of coronavirus infection increased. But he described Biden’s request for Americans to wear masks for 100 days as “definitely a wonderful step in the right direction.”
On Saturday, the Washington Post found only 27 out of 249 in Congress Republicans They were ready to admit Biden’s victory. Duncan did that.
“On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as President 46, and the constitution is still in effect,” Duncan said. “This is still America … as a deputy governor and a Georgian, I am proud that we are able to follow three recounts of the count and being able to see that these elections were fair.”
“We don’t see anything that upends the will of people here in Georgia,” Ravensberger told ABC this week.
He added that Trump’s loss is “sad but real.”
“I wish he had won. I am a conservative Republican and I am disappointed but these are the results.”
In Valdosta, Trump appeared at some points to realize that the end was near. Referring to the policy regarding Iran and China, he described “what we would have done in the next four years.” He also said that if he believed he lost the election, he would be a “very generous loser.”
He said, “I’m going to Florida.” “I’ll take it easy.”
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