President Donald Trump seemed to demand a “call off” for the upcoming Senate runoff election in Georgia, are race that is set to determine control of the Senate.
“Do something Brian Kemp,” Trump tweeted at the Republican governor of the state. “You allowed your state to be scammed. We must check signatures and count signed envelopes against ballots. Then call off election. It won’t be needed. We will all WIN!
Do something @BrianKempGA. You allowed your state to be scammed. We must check signatures and count signed envelopes against ballots. Then call off election. It won’t be needed. We will all WIN! https://t.co/UiJrlyBGiK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2020
Trump issued a series of blistering tweets assailing the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia on Tuesday. Both states have certified the results of the election in favor of Joe Biden, with Georgia doing so after a hand recount that confirmed the president’s defeat. Trump said this week he was ashamed to have endorsed Kemp and pressured him to overturn the results.
Those efforts are based on the president’s unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen from him through to mass voter fraud.
While Trump’s tweet is somewhat ambiguous, political reporters agreed that he appears to be saying there would not be Senate runoffs in January if not for alleged fraud — so he’s demanding Kemp to cancel the election.
“Then call off election. It won’t be needed,” says the president supposedly flying to Georgia this weekend to campaign for Republicans in a key runoff election. https://t.co/FdIyciivCQ
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) December 1, 2020
The best spin I can put on “call off election” is, uh, that if you threw out most Democratic votes than you wouldn’t have a Perdue runoff. But you’d still have a Loeffler runoff, probably with Collins if Warnock’s votes got tossed, so maybe this is gibberish pic.twitter.com/EPmiHttpc3
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 1, 2020
This is more than an intra-party fight in a key state.
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) December 1, 2020
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