In the interview, conducted on Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo, Trump complained that the judges do not want to admit their court requests, that the press is the worst enemy of Americans and that even Republican election officials are against them, as in the case of Georgia.
Without any evidence, Trump has repeated that there was fraud in that state (controlled by the Republicans) and assures that the use of the Dominion system machines, allegedly rigged against him, have caused ballots in his name to be counted in Biden’s name. , among other alleged irregularities.
These baseless accusations have been rejected by Republican election officials, led by Secretary of State Brad Raffenserperger or even Governor Brian Kemp, whose candidacy was promoted by the president himself. Both Republicans have defended the integrity of the electoral process in the state, which has made them a new target of Trump’s criticism.
“I am ashamed to have supported him” (to Kemp in Georgia), said this Sunday Trump in the interview with Fox News and directly attacked the Republicans of that state, whose two senators will have to discuss their seats in the second round in January, in an election that will define the majority of the United States Senate.
In the interview, Trump blamed both Kemp and Secretary Raffensperger for approving the use of the machines.
Dominion and the electoral rules of the state in general.
“Everything has to be approved by the legislature, and they had judges making deals, and they had election officials making deals like this character in Georgia who is a disaster,” the president said of Georgia’s secretary of state, who has been adamant. rejecting unfounded conspiracy theories promoted by the president.
Georgia is a regular Republican stronghold that Trump surprisingly lost to Biden by just over 12,500 votes and that after carrying out a recount he certified the elections in favor of the Democrat.
“And the governor has done nothing. He has done absolutely nothing,” Trump said of Kemp. “I am ashamed to have supported him. But I see what is happening. It is so terrible,” he added, questioning whether the outcome of the next Senate elections, which will be in January, could be trusted.
Danger for Republicans
The fact that Trump himself questions the integrity of the elections is something that Seriously Concerns Georgia Republicans, which could see their bases decimated in the race for the Senate after the divisions in the party and the distrust in the electoral process that the president himself has promoted.
While the presidential elections are practically certified, the race is not over for the Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who will face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively, again after neither of them achieved a majority of votes to declare a winner in the November 3 election.
The second round election on January 5 will decide which party will control the Senate, a key piece that could give Democrats carte blanche to pass measures for two years or consolidate Republicans as an opposition capable of blocking the legislative goals of the government of President-elect Joe Biden.
Democrats need to win both seats to add 50 seats and control the upper house with the help of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as a tie-breaking vote. Republicans have less pressure because they only need to win one seat to add 51 seats and dominate the Senate.
While it is true that at first glance the outlook is less favorable for Democrats, because they are under pressure to win two seats and Republican candidates have the advantages derived from being incumbents, Republican campaigns face unusual challenges as a result of the unfounded accusations of Trump’s fraud and his attack on members of his own party, causing internal fractures.
The president has not accepted Biden’s triumph and has filed lawsuits in several states arguing fraud and lack of transparency in the elections and asking to stop the count. His accusations, however, have been largely dismissed by the courts for lack of evidence.
Many of Trump’s supporters believe his accusations and view Kemp and Raffensperger as traitors. Senators Perdue and Loeffler themselves have sided with Trump, seeking to win their base, and have demanded the resignation of Secretary Raffensperger. However, they are now in the difficult position of asking their supporters to go to the polls again even if they believe there was fraud and to vote using the machines they believe are rigged.
Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans, such as Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump Jr., have gone to Georgia to support or endorse the candidates, while Trump said he would travel to the state on Saturday to support them.
“No, the 2020 election was a total fraud, we won by a lot (and I hope we can reverse the fraudulent results), but we must go out and vote and help David and Kelly, two GREAT people. Otherwise we are falling into the hands of very sick people. I’ll be in Georgia on Saturday, “Trump tweeted on Friday.
Twitter tagged the message with a warning because the claim that Trump won the election is false and there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the November 3 election.
Republican strategists expect tensions to dissipate in the coming weeks and say Georgia remains a conservative state where Republicans have historically won in second-round elections.