Outgoing President Donald Trump traveled to Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday for a rally that was ostensibly aimed at upping voters and encouraging them to support Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of next month’s run-off election. . But, perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump ended up having a hard time talking about anything other than himself and his grievances.
Trump’s trip to Georgia for his first post-election rally came as he continues to push lies about election theft – and as he makes one last push for Republican-controlled legislatures to overturn the results elections. Much of Trump’s remarks consisted of variations on these themes, and his insistence that the election was rigged against him in states he lost like Georgia was in tension with the idea that it is important that Republicans look to Loeffler and Perdue.
This inconsistency was evident throughout Trump’s speech on Saturday, which began with him brazenly lying that he actually won Georgia.
“We won Georgia, so you understand,” Trump said, even his loss in the state has already been certified by Georgia election officials. Trump ended up repeating this lie so many times throughout his speech that in the end he mentioned it in passing as if it were a fact.
Trump has repeated his lie about Georgia winning so many times during this rally that he now mentions it in passing as if it were an established truth pic.twitter.com/Ql4Rm2ipFk
– Aaron Rupar (atrupar) December 6, 2020
Despite his insistence that best-running Georgia Republicans look the other way as Democrats conspire to steal the election, Trump has at other times urged his fans to vote for Loeffler. and Purdue, saying things like, “If you don’t vote, the Socialists and the Communists win.”
But what the president didn’t bother to try to explain is why Republican voters should be confident that the run-off will not be rigged as he says in the presidential election, being given that they will be run by the same managers.
Trump inconsistently denounces the rigged Georgia election against him while encouraging Georgia Republicans to vote in the second round of the Senate next month pic.twitter.com/nJorjwE0yB
– Aaron Rupar (atrupar) December 6, 2020
The two Georgian senators are in close races, and the narrow margin by which Trump lost the state would make it seem like even a slightly depressed turnout could cost Loeffler and Perdue their seats in January. And if they both lose, the Democrats will regain control of the Senate thanks to the decisive vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Republicans were counting on the president to give momentum to the two candidates.
But the downside of Trump’s difficulty in talking about anything other than himself or the alleged horror of others became evident when Loeffler and Perdue took to the stage to lukewarm applause. Their brief remarks were truncated by “fight for Trump!” songs that drowned them.
Georgia rally came hours after Trump would have phoned Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) and asked him to call a special session of the legislature to overturn the election results. Kemp reportedly refused Trump, and perhaps as a result, Trump attacked him several times throughout his speech, at one point story his fans, “Your governor should be ashamed of himself.”
Then, towards the end of the rally, Trump described the desperate two-fronted battle he is trying to wage to overthrow the election, saying, “I hope our legislatures and the United States Supreme Court take a step forward. before and will save our country.
But as neither Republican-controlled state legislatures nor the Supreme Court have so far shown much willingness to get involved in an election that President-elect Joe Biden has clearly won, Trump appears to have a back-up plan. – a plan that he expressed in a completely inconsistent manner.
“We are going to reclaim the White House. We’re going to get it back, ”Trump said, teasing a 2024 run, but then immediately added: “I don’t want to wait until 2024. I want to go back three weeks.”
Unfortunately for Trump, there is no recovery. But in the meantime, his refusal to concede has led to a fundraising windfall that may end up helping him launch an offer to avenge his loss to Biden based on the ‘they stole me’ lies he. has grown in the month since election day.