Donald Trump has called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to pressure him to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the state and get him to order another signature check of the votes hours before the president comes to a rally in support of David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the Senate breaking up drains.
The president contacted the Republican governor on Saturday morning and asked him to convene a special session of the state assembly to dismiss the election result and appoint voters from the electoral college to support him in place of President-elect Biden.
This is the last in a long line of attempts by Trump to reclaim victory in Georgia after the state flipped blue for the first time in 18 years.
A source told the Washington Post about the conversation in which they said Kemp stood up and "turned down Trump's request."
Trump took to Twitter around noon – presumably not long after the phone call – claiming he would win Georgia "easy and quick" if Kemp allowed a "simple signature verification" and asked Governor and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger why do these two "Republicans" say no? "
On Thursday, Kemp called for a signature check of the Georgian votes for the third time, claiming it was "easy", while Raffensperger said the authority to conduct such a vote was in place.
Signature verification was done for postal voting envelopes in the state before the votes were counted, and it would now be impossible to trace an individual ballot back to the envelope it was received in.
Trump is seeking postal ballot papers distributed across the state as he continues to make unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud and refuses to approve of the president-elect.
His legal efforts were hit with a massive blow on Friday when judges in six states dismissed his team's election fraud complaints.
His most recent attack on the electoral process came when he was driving to Georgia for a rally on Saturday night, where he vowed to stand behind two GOP Senate candidates, Perdue and Loeffler, to prevent the party from taking control of the Senate loses.
This comes 24 hours after former President Barack Obama led a virtual rally in support of two Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
Donald Trump has called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to pressure him to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the state and get him to order another signature verification while the president goes to a rally to praise David Perdue and Kelly To support Loeffler in the Senate runoff elections
The source told Post Trump that it had asked Kemp to call a special session to scrap Georgia's election results and nominate voters to the electoral college who would hand him the 16 votes of the state's electoral college.
Trump also asked Kemp to order an audit to verify the signature of postal ballot papers in the state, the source said.
Kemp's spokesman, Cody Hall, also confirmed to the Post that the governor and president spoke by phone on Saturday morning.
Trump hit the governor on Twitter shortly after noon to signal that the conversation for the president was not going as planned.
"I will win Georgia easily and quickly if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State allow a simple verification of the signature," Trump said on Twitter on Saturday.
& # 39; Was not carried out and will show large discrepancies. Why do these two "Republicans" say no? If we win Georgia, everything will fit together! & # 39;
Kemp was quick to respond on Twitter, referring to his call to the president, saying he had already requested that a signature audit be performed but had no authority to enforce it.
As I told the President this morning, I have publicly requested signature verification three times (11/20/11, 11/24/11, 12/3) to restore confidence in our electoral process and ensure that only legal votes are considered Georgia, ”the governor wrote.
Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid criticized Trump as "weird" and "unrealistic" for trying to get Georgia to topple the election after the third count again showed Biden won the state.
"Trump is weird and not realistic," said the Democrat when asked live on CNN for the news.
& # 39; The Foreign Minister in Georgia was very strong and Georgia as a state will not allow this stupidity to continue. You had a choice, you proved it, confirmed it and I think Trump is wasting his time. & # 39;
He added, "Georgia is not going to let some stupid damn thing Trump tries to ruin its reputation that is out of the realm of reality."
The president turned to the Republican governor on Saturday morning and asked him to convene a special session of the state assembly. This is the latest in a long line of efforts by Trump to reclaim victory in Georgia, which went blue for the first time in 18 years
Trump is pushing for the signatures of mail-in voters to be checked in his recent attempts to flip the election result in Georgia despite no evidence of systemic fraud or irregularities.
The review and his personal plea to the governor are a last-ditch effort to swing the election in his favor after his legal team dismissed cases in six key states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin on Friday.
The Trump campaign has filed 46 lawsuits since losing to Biden, but none of them have made any serious headway in court.
On Friday she filed another lawsuit in Georgia to invalidate the election results there, claiming that "literally tens of thousands of illegal votes were cast, counted and included in the election".
A signature audit would involve comparing the signatures on a sample of envelopes with the signatures on the voter's registration application.
However, the process of verifying the signatures of the voters was already being carried out by the poll workers when the ballot papers arrived.
Trump took to Twitter on Saturday – presumably not long after the phone call – to claim he would win Georgia "easy and quick" if Kemp allowed a "simple signature verification".
Kemp was quick to respond on Twitter, referring to his call to the president, saying he had already requested that a signature audit be performed but had no authority to enforce it
Before a vote is counted, electoral officials compare the signature on the envelope with the voter's signature, which is already in the voter registration system.
If they do not match, the voter will be contacted within three days, or the next day if it is within 11 days of the election, and will then be asked to provide proof of identity to officials.
On Thursday, a hearing by the subcommittee of the Senate heard from Ryan Germany, General Counsel of the Foreign Minister, who described the process already carried out by the state to verify the signature.
"The districts must check the signatures on the postal voting applications and postal voting applications, both on the signature in the eNet and on the postal voting application," said Germany.
Once the signature is verified as a match, the ballot will be separated from the envelope to protect voter privacy. Hence, it would now be impossible to attach an envelope to a voting slip if a signature audit were being carried out.
“We have a constitutional right in Georgia to vote by secret ballot. They check if it is you and then separate your voting slip so that they cannot see who you voted, ”said Germany.
Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid criticized Trump as "weird" and "unrealistic" for trying to get Georgia to topple the election after the third count again showed Biden won the state
Due to the inability to know whether to cast a vote for Biden or Trump, Trump may urge that all mail-in votes be discarded if a signature cannot be verified in an audit.
While there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud in Georgia, Republican Governor Kemp has joined Trump's demands for signature verification.
He told Fox News on Thursday that he requested an audit on November 20, but Raffensperger did not order an audit.
& # 39; He didn't do that. I think it should be done, ”said Kemp.
Raffensperger, also a Republican, previously told CNN that a signature check would have to be ordered by a court – not his office – but said there was no basis for a court to order one.
Kemp told Fox on Thursday that he was pushing for an audit, particularly with what we saw today.
& # 39; It raises more questions. There has to be transparency, ”he said.
Kemp was referring to the video of Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, of an alleged election fraud case at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said the signature should be checked by a court – not his office
It shows a group of four people who allegedly take out at least four boxes of ballot papers from under a table and then count them.
But Raffensperger's office examined the video and said nothing was unusual.
Gabriel Sterling, the state voting implementation manager, also debunked the theory.
& # 39; The 90 second video of poll workers at the State Farm Arena allegedly showing fraud was viewed in its entirety (hours) by @GaSecofState investigators. Indicates normal ballot processing. Here's the fact check, ”he tweeted.
According to the fact check, he tweeted, "Two senior officials with the Georgian Foreign Minister and a State Elections Board monitor," each said, the investigation revealed "nothing suspicious in the video."
Despite continuing to seek to undermine the election result and the entire electoral process in the state, Trump is urging Republicans to step out and vote in the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff in January.
The president is on his way to a rally in the state on Saturday night to rally support for Loeffler and Perdue as the state has a mandate to be the ultimate decision maker on what the Senate looks like for the next four years.
Trump tweeted footage of Republicans gathering at the event during the day, telling them, "I'll see you in Georgia tonight at 7 p.m."
It will be Trump's first political rally since losing his re-election bid.
Kemp won't be attending the rally with Trump, the governor's spokesman told CNN, citing the recent death of a close family friend.
Trump tweeted footage of Republicans gathering at the event during the day, telling them, "I'll see you in Georgia tonight at 7 p.m."
The two seats in the Georgia Senate are still up for grabs after candidates on both sides of the political line hit the 50 percent threshold for securing a seat on November 3rd.
This means that Perdue will face democratic opponents Ossoff and Loeffler against Warnock on January 5th.
The outcome will ultimately determine which party will take control of the Senate. If the two Democrats win, the party will hold a 50:50 split, which means Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris has the ultimate voice on these matters.
If either or both Republicans win, they'll take control, which will likely make it difficult for the Biden administration to pass guidelines through the Senate.
In an emerging race, Trump is encouraging fans to throw their support behind the candidates as many voters will not show up in January due to conspiracy theories circulating among Trump fans about the GOP candidates.
Several theorists have turned to Twitter and the online platform Parler, accusing the two GOP candidates of being against Trump and even being responsible for widespread electoral fraud in the state – electoral fraud that the president has repeatedly claimed without producing any evidence .
Hashtags like #CrookedPerdue and #CrookedKelly have spread online with some hardline Trump fans branding the duo "liberal DemoRats", according to Politico.
The two seats in the Georgia Senate are still open. This means that David Perdue (left) will face Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff and Kelly Loeffler (right) against Democrat Raphael Warnock on January 5th
The outcome of the runoff elections in January will ultimately determine who will take control of the Senate. Pictured Democrats Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff (right)
The theories were advocated by people close to Trump's own election fraud team. Attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood both contacted Loeffler online.
Powell, Michael Flynn's attorney, who was fired from Trump's legal team after advocating wild conspiracy theories, made an unsubstantiated claim that Loeffler had partnered with voting technology company Dominion Voting Systems to win votes for their GOP opponent in the Sept. Suppress November.
Wood, who filed a lawsuit against Georgia's election results, attacked both Loeffler and Perdue.
"Some executives in GA & National GOP are complaining that I am hurting @KLoeffler & @sendavidperdue's chances of winning the runoff and saving control of the Senate," he tweeted last week.
"They are the ones who are damaging those opportunities by not publicly calling for a fraud investigation and a special session of the legislature." Look in the mirror. & # 39;
He urged his social media followers to "threaten to withhold your votes and your money" unless the two candidates call for an investigation into the election.
The theories and attacks on the two candidates have led several Trump supporters to vow to boycott the runoff election, although GOP chances of winning the January races may be hurt.
This is fueling the Republican Party's concern that many Trump supporters will not vote for the two candidates in January and that the Democrats will take control of the Senate.
Last week Trump urged his supporters to vote to prevent the Senate from being lost to "some very sick people".
"No, the 2020 election was a total scam, we won a lot (and hopefully we will implement the fraudulent result), but we have to get out and help David and Kelly, two great people," he wrote on Twitter.
“Otherwise we will play straight into the hands of some very sick people. I'll be in Georgia on Saturday! & # 39;
Trump will speak at Saturday's rally, but the question remains whether he will use the stage to support the two candidates or to advance his claims that electoral fraud cost him the election – claims that keep voters away from it could prevent them from going into the runoff election.
On Friday, former President Barack Obama led a virtual rally in support of two Democratic challengers, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, while the Democrats also play for the two seats
The Democrats are also stepping up their campaign for the critical Senate seats, holding a virtual rally on Friday afternoon entitled "Get Out the Vote" with Obama as the main guest.
Obama called on Democrats to vote for Warnock and Ossoff and to warn that the outcome of the runoff race will "determine the course of the Biden presidency."
"The special elections in Georgia will ultimately determine the course of the Biden presidency and whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can legally honor all of their commitments," he said.
“When the Senate is controlled by Republicans who are interested in disability and stagnation instead of advancing and helping people, they can block almost anything.
"We need politics that work for ordinary people, not for insiders or the high and mighty."
Obama said Warnock and Ossoff could help bridge the gap in the state after flipping blue for the first time since 1992 and battling Republican rivals.
"You have two incumbent senators who were concerned about their stock portfolio amid the worst public health crisis of our lives," Obama said of Loeffler and Perdue.
& # 39; Good grief! That alone should tell you something. Somehow we got into that sort of thing. & # 39;
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