Donald Trump traveled to Georgia on Saturday where the former Republican president repeatedly slammed the state's GOP governor while describing America as a dystopian hellscape under President Joe Biden.
Trump has been livid since Kemp refused to overturn the state's 2020 election, which was won by Biden.
"You're not going to have a country left. If you want to have a country left you must elect no Democrats and vote only for America first Republicans," Trump said near the beginning of the rally.
But he soon began attacking Kemp, who is facing re-election in 2022. And he repeatedly suggested likely Democratic Party challenger Stacey Abrams might be a better governor.
Trump demanded that Georgia voters replace Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Mitch McConnell gets booed at the #TrumpRally, Brian Kemp gets even bigger boos. pic.twitter.com/RXhLbSwfdk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 26, 2021
Trump's fixation with his conspiracy theories about the 2020 election dominated his speech. Despite the controversial Cyber Ninjas audit in Arizona confirming he also lost that state, Trump demanded that the state decertify Biden's victory.
"It is clear that in Arizona they must decertify the election" -- Trump one day after the Arizona "audit" affirmed Biden's victory pic.twitter.com/oHtMJhc7U1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 26, 2021
Trump didn't just criticize those who refused to go along with his "Big Lie" of election fraud, he also defended those who acted upon his conspiracy theories. Trump mentioned Ashli Babbit and said that people charged for the January 6th attack on the Capitol are "being held prisoner, very unfairly."
Former President Donald Trump reacts to January 6th at a rally in Georgia on Saturday: "Ashli Babbitt, she was the… https://t.co/2dTUNyBFKq— Newsmax (@Newsmax) 1632618087.0
The 90-minute rant was detached enough from reality for Trump to deny having a big mouth while bragging about his honesty.
Donald Trump continued his grudge against Gov. Brian Kemp at a campaign rally in Georgia and suggested to his audience that they might be better off voting for a Democrat in the 2022 midterm elections.
Trump was pushing his debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud when he mentioned Abrams, who is widely expected to face off against Kemp in a 2022 gubernatorial rematch. After Kemp won under a cloud of voter suppression in 2018, Abrams founded the voting rights group Fair Fight Action which helped Joe Biden win Georgia while Democrats swept both U.S. Senate seats.
"Of course, having her I think might be better than having your existing governor," Trump said.
"Might, very well, be better," he repeated.
Trump has been angry at Kemp for not overturning the election in Georgia. Trump is reportedly under criminal investigation for the attempt to overturn the vote.
Trump went on to say why his endorsement of Kemp was a "mistake."
Trump says Stacey Abrams might be a better governor than Brian Kemp https://t.co/YlNwDupEIM— Acyn (@Acyn) 1632613996.0
In 2011, Donald Trump embraced the racist birtherism conspiracy theory against then-Sen. Barack Obama.
In 2016, The New York Times reported Trump pushed the conspiracy theory for five years. The newspaper described it as "a remarkable campaign of relentless deception that tried to undermine the legitimacy of the nation's first black president."
"He nurtured the conspiracy like a poisonous flower, watering and feeding it with an ardor that still baffles and embarrasses many around him," The Times explained. "Much has been made of Mr. Trump's casual elasticity with the truth; he has exhausted an army of fact-checkers with his mischaracterizations, exaggerations and fabrications. But this lie was different from the start, an insidious, calculated calumny that sought to undo the embrace of an African-American president by the 69 million voters who elected him in 2008."
Trump returned to the theme at a Saturday night rally in Georgia where he was repeating his "Big Lie" of election fraud.
At the rally, Trump attempted to brag about the "75 million" people who voted for him, even though he has received multiple fact checks reminding him that his 74,223,369 votes actually rounds down to 74 million.
"But you know what that is? That's 75 million people, but it's really much more than that," Trump said, attempting to further inflate the number.
"Much, much more than that," he said.
"And that's the largest vote — by far — every gotten by a sitting president," Trump said, even though President Joe Biden received 7,059,547 more votes.
"And most presidents go down in the second term, even if they win, they go down," Trump argued, even though the last two GOP presidents to be re-elected both increased their total number of votes by over 10 million in their re-election.
"Obama went down, way down, but he won. Well, I don't know, maybe he won, who the hell knows if he won? Nowadays, with these elections, who the hell knows if they won," Trump argued.
"Maybe he won. Who the hell knows if he won?" -- Trump suggests (with 0 evidence of course) that Obama may have stolen the 2012 presidential election from Mitt Romney pic.twitter.com/C5mSuW9eri
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 25, 2021
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