President Donald Trump kicked off his rally in Georgia on Saturday night for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue by continuing to claim he won the state during the presidential election.
"You know we won Georgia, just so you understand," Trump said to the large crowd that had gathered in Valdosta for the first post-election rally for the president.
In fact, President-elect Joe Biden won the State of Georgia with approximately 12,500 votes out of 5 million votes cast.
Trump said he traveled to Georgia to make sure the two Republicans win what is likely the most important Senate runoff in US history.
In the January 5 runoff elections, Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will face well-funded Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are trying to conquer a state that has not elected a Democratic senator in 20 years.
The races will determine which party controls the US Senate. Democrats have to get both seats to get a majority. If the Republicans win a seat, they remain in control and can block much of Biden's legislative agenda.
Trump's trip to Georgia came after he personally called the governor Saturday morning to pressure him to undo Biden's victory and get him to order another signature check of the votes in the state.
The president called on Kemp to convene a special session of the state parliament to turn the election result in his favor and to appoint voters of the electoral college to support him in place of the elected president.
President Trump spoke during a rally for Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday
First Lady Melania encourages Republicans to support Perdue and Loeffler in the January runoff election, which will determine which party controls the US Senate
The president was greeted by thousands of MAGA supporters when he landed in the battlefield state
Thousands attended the rally in Valdosta, Georgia, where President Trump was visiting to promote the election of Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the state runoff election
Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue fought well-funded Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to conquer a state that has not elected a Democratic Senator in 20 years
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 and Melania Trump left the White House to go to a runoff in the Georgia Senate, hours after Republican Governor Brian Kemp rejected the president's request to undo Joe Biden's victory in the state
They boarded Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on Saturday afternoon
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
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.
Trump hit back at Kemp on Twitter, telling him to "at least" ask for a special session of the legislature and ask what "your people" are "hiding".
“But you never got the signature verification! Your people refuse to do what you ask, ”he raged.
& # 39; What are you hiding? At least immediately ask for a special session of the legislature. You can do that easily and immediately. & # 39;
Trump fired more tweets against Kemp on his trip to Georgia.
& # 39; Between Governor @DougDucey of Arizona and Governor @BrianKempGA of Georgia, the Democratic Party couldn't be happier. They fight us harder than the Radical Left Dems. If they were with us, we would have won both Arizona and Georgia … ”he wrote.
& # 39; We received far more LEGAL votes. All I can do is run, campaign, and be a good (great!) President – it's 100% up to states to run the elections. Republicans will NEVER forget this. & # 39;
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.
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