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.
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.
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.
“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.