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Republicans in Georgia are worried that Democrats may win the governor's mansion during the 2022 midterms after Donald Trump blasted GOP Gov. Brian Kemp during a Saturday night campaign rally.
Trump did not just tear down Kemp, he also spoke kindly of Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018 and is widely expected to mount a rematch.
""Of course, having [Abrams] I think might be better than having your existing governor," Trump said. "Might, very well, be better."
"Stacey, would you like to take his place?" Trump asked. "It's okay with me."
It is highly unusual for a former president to trash a member of his own party running for re-election.
"Former President Donald Trump returned to Georgia on Saturday to showcase a trio of loyalists he's endorsed in 2022 elections, deepening an internal rift among state Republicans that helped fuel upset Democratic victories in the last election cycle," Greg Bluestein reported for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The visit only sharpened the division within a state GOP reeling from losses in November's presidential race and the Democratic sweep of U.S. Senate runoffs that flipped control of the chamber."
Trump continued to push his "Big Lie" of election fraud in the state, which may have depressed GOP turnout in the Senate runoff elections enough to allow the Democratic Party sweep.
"Tens of thousands of Trump supporters stayed home in the January runoffs as he promoted the Big Lie and attacked fellow Republicans. Trump intensified that GOP feud tonight, essentially handing [Stacey Abrams] his endorsement," Buestein posted to Twitter.
He also reported text messages he was receiving from Republican officials, one of who described the rally as "a sh*t show."
The people died when Amtrak's Empire Builder train derailed in Montana.
"Five cars of the Empire Builder train 7/27 left the tracks at around 4 p.m. near Joplin, according to an emailed statement from Amtrak Public Relations Manager Jason Abrams. There were approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew members onboard," the Billings Gazette reported Saturday.
Initial reports put the derailment near Havre, an old railroad town which is roughly halfway between Minneapolis and Seattle.
The total number of passengers injured in the derailment is not currently known.
Photos of the derailment and rescue effort were posted to social media.
My mother-in-law shared these photos with me—the Empire Builder @Amtrak train they were on derailed near Havre, Mon… https://t.co/vpWqXAbWKo— Jessica Arp (@Jessica Arp) 1632611686.0
QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been ridiculed for pushing a conspiracy theory that California wildfires were started by a giant Jewish space laser, but was praised for her intelligence on Saturday.
At a campaign rally in Georgia, Trump described the congresswoman who had a meltdown on the Capitol steps on Friday as "very low-key."
"She's really tough and she's really, really smart!" Trump said of the Republican who had to hold a press conference to apologize for not understanding the Holocaust.
"Very smart," he said.
"She is smart as hell, she knows what's going on, she knows what's going on," Trump said of the conspiracy theorist.
"Thank you Marjorie, you are loved. You are loved all over this country," he claimed.
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