Donald Trump took his revenge tour to Georgia on Saturday as he seeks vengeance against Republicans who did not help him stay in office despite losing the 2020 election.
The former president is backing former Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) in his campaign against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in his campaign against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Dawn White of 11 Alive news in Atlanta reported "former President Donald Trump has arrived to the 'Save America' rally in Commerce, GA. more than an hour late. The crowd is still here."
Trump threatened his supporters would boycott the November general election if Perdue loses the primary to Kemp.
"David Perdue, who is a wonderful man, and incredible family, and really got screwed by Kemp, is the only candidate in this race who can beat Stacey 'the hoax' Abrams this November. And you know the reason for that is because Trump voters — MAGA — Trump voters will not go out and vote for Kemp," Trump said.
"They're not going to vote," he predicted.
TRUMP: "I happen to think that Georgia is a very red state. I think it's red as hell." #TrumpRallypic.twitter.com/IBTMyolnSD— Newsmax (@Newsmax) 1648341307
But Trump may not have as much pull in the state as he once did. Trump complained about the media not showing the extent of the crowd, which he claimed went "as far as the eye can see."
That was disputed by Atlanta Journal-Constitution political reporter Greg Bluestein.
"Ehhh ... not so much," he said.
Trump says the crowd goes “as far as the eye can see” behind the TV risers. Ehhh … not so much. #gapol pic.twitter.com/BbO2HxcduM
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 27, 2022
Bluestein was also surprised by the lack of energy at the rally.
"This crowd is hardly applauding. Not the same sort of enthusiasm I’ve seen at other Trump rallies," he reported.
"I've covered more than two dozen Trump rallies around the nation. This is the smallest crowd I've seen at a rally of his in Georgia since he won the 2016 election -- significantly smaller than the crowd in Perry in September," Bluestein noted.
Fair point. Since that tweet the crowd has erupted into major applause twice \u2014 when Trump indicated he would run again in \u201824 and when he said he was putting on a hat because it was cold. #gapolhttps://twitter.com/junktruth/status/1507879811280035847\u00a0\u2026— Greg Bluestein (@Greg Bluestein) 1648341679
The rally was attended by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who complained about the Constitution's prohibition on insurrectionists running for Congress.
Trump ended his act with a dance routine.
45 wrapping up tonight\u2019s #TrumpRally in beautiful Commerce, Georgia\u2026pic.twitter.com/DCGS9r6TRm— Dan Scavino Jr.\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83e\udd85 (@Dan Scavino Jr.\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83e\udd85) 1648346044