Donald Trump visited the politically charged state of Georgia over the weekend to campaign for Senate hopefuls David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
The lead up to the visit was tense. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has been reluctant to engage in President Trump’s electoral denial, and Trump has been savaging Kemp on Twitter on account of it. This led to Sidney Powell, a Trump-aligned lawyer popular in MAGA country, to suggest that Georgians abstain from voting in the runoff election in order to punish Peach State Republicans who are unwilling to stand up for the President’s voter fraud claims.
The Commander in Chief pushed back against that proposition.
President Donald Trump spent Saturday morning trying to overturn the last election in Georgia. He spent Saturday night ripping elections in Georgia and telling his followers in Valdosta to vote in Georgia’s January runoffs anyway.
Taking the stage to chants of, “Four more years!” and, “We love you!” Trump told the crowd of thousands at the “Defend the Majority” rally to get behind U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Sen. David Perdue ahead of the crucial Jan. 5 runoff elections.
But not before he launched immediately into false claims about winning the election in Georgia. He lost by about 12,000 votes to President-elect Joe Biden.
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President Trump’s control over a very large, but very specific contingent of conservatives has made crossing him a dicey proportion for even the most entrenched of establishment Republicans, let alone those looking to bust through into the Senate.