President Donald Trump on Saturday continued to falsely claim he won Georgia’s electoral votes while blasting the state’s Republican governor and secretary of state for not overturning election results.
At his first campaign rally after losing the election, Trump falsely told a crowd of several thousands of supporters in Valdosta, near the Florida border, that his election was rigged while encouraging them to vote in a Jan. 5 runoff that will decide control of the U.S. Senate.
Trump, who lost Georgia’s 16 electoral votes by about 12,000 votes after an audit and a recount, said supporting Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the runoff would help shape the future of America.
“The voters of Georgia will determine which party runs every committee, writes every piece of legislation, controls every single taxpayer dollar,” he said. “Very simply, you will decide whether your children will grow up in a socialist country or whether they will grow up in a free country.”
He called Perdue and Loeffler “two of the finest people you’ll meet” and said they were two of his biggest supporters in Congress.
If the pair lose to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Senate would be split 50-50, with Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Local and national Republicans have stressed the importance of this race as the last line of defense against a Biden administration agenda, with surrogates swarming the state on a daily basis. That includes a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Savannah on Friday, where he dismissed some calls from fringe voices on the right to boycott the election.
“I actually hear some people saying, ‘Just don’t vote,’” he said. “My fellow Americans, if you don’t vote, they win.”
This story appears in the Georgia Recorder through a partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting.