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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
Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to rally supporters in Perry, Georgia on Saturday.
The rally has been overshadowed by Republican infighting, the Arizona audit fiasco and the issuance of subpoenas the the select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Previewing the speech in an email sent to reporters, Trump suggested he would continue to push his "Big Lie" of election fraud even after the Arizona audit confirmed Joe Biden won.
"I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona Forensic Audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the Great State of Georgia rally, which will be packed!" Trump said.
Trump lies about the election and effort to overturn the election are the reason he's under criminal investigation in the state.
On Friday, the Brookings Institution released a 109-page report analyzing the publicly available evidence in the reported investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
"Whether Trump will in fact be charged must await Willis's decision, based on all the evidence and consideration of the presumption of innocence to which all Americans are entitled. But there is no doubt that attempting to subvert democracy — to effectively disenfranchise millions of Georgians, and particularly Georgians of color — is not just wrong; it is potentially criminal," the authors of the report, Norman Eisen, Donald Ayer, Gwen Keyes Fleming, and Joshua Matz, wrote in The Washington Post.
"The centerpiece of Trump's Georgia interference is his now infamous phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which Trump repeatedly insisted that he had won Georgia "by hundreds of thousands of votes" and demanded that Raffensperger "find 11,780 votes" — exactly one more vote than the margin of Joe Biden's 11,779-vote victory in the state. But Trump's actions went far beyond his solicitations and threats on this one call. He also personally contacted other officials in Georgia — including the governor, the attorney general and the secretary of state's chief investigator — to urge them to alter the election outcome," they explained.
🔴 PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RALLY LIVE IN PERRY, GA - 9/25/21 www.youtube.com
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