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President Donald trump pressed his own grievances for losing the presidency choice at a rally Saturday in Georgia, rather than trying to help two Republican Senate candidates whose fate will decide the balance of power in Washington once President-elect Joe Biden takes office next month.
Trump rallied thousands of largely unmasked supporters in Valdosta, shortly after the Republican governor of Georgia rejected him in a staggering call for a special legislative session to give him the state’s electoral votes despite Joe biden winning the most votes.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One to travel to a campaign rally in Valdosta, Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) (AP)

The latest futile attempt to subvert the presidential election results continued its unprecedented campaign to undermine confidence in the democratic process, but overshadowed its stated purpose: to power Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Republicans need a victory to maintain their majority in the Senate.

An aircraft takes off from Valdosta Regional Airport prior to the start of a rally with President Donald Trump for U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., And David Purdue, R-Ga., On Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Valdosta, Georgia. President Trump’s first political rally since he lost the election is intended to boost the campaign of the Republicans in power in the two Georgia elections that will decide which party controls the Senate. (AP Photo / Ben Gray) (AP)

Democrats need a Georgia sweep to force a 50-50 Senate and position Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the runoff majority vote.

Party officials hoped the president would devote his energy to imploring his supporters to vote in the Jan. 5 elections, when Perdue and Loeffler try to hold off Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, December 5, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. . Trump heads to Georgia for a rally by US Senate candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky) (AP)

Trump echoed Republican rhetoric that the races amounted to “the most important second round of Congress, probably in American history.”

That’s only true because he lost.

But after Air Force One landed, it quickly became clear that Trump’s goal was to air his own grievances and stoke unfounded doubts about the conduct of last month’s vote, rather than to push his party forward.

US Senator David Purdue, R-Georgia, addresses the crowd during a rally with US Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, on Saturday, December 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Georgia. President Donald Trump is the first political rally since he lost the election is meant to push Republican rulers campaigning in the two Georgia elections to decide which party controls the Senate. (AP Photo / Ben Gray) (AP)

“I want to stay in the presidency,” Trumps said minutes after his speech.

“But I have to get to these two.”

As the large crowd chanted “Stop the Steal,” which has become a rallying cry for Republicans unwilling to accept Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in last month’s presidential election, Trump responded that “their governor I could stop him very easily if he knew what the hell he was doing. “

Hours before the Valdosta rally, Trump asked Kemp in the phone call to order the legislative session to subvert the election results, but the governor refused, according to a senior government official in Georgia with knowledge of the call. that he was not authorized to discuss the private conversation.

A person close to the White House who was briefed on the matter verified that account of the call.

According to a tweet from Kemp, Trump also asked him to order an audit of the signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in his state, a step Kemp is not authorized to take because he has no authority to interfere in Trump’s electoral process. favor.

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