Outgoing President Donald Trump traveled to Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday to attend a rally supposedly intended to pump up voters and encourage them to support Republicans Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of next month's runoff elections . But, perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump found it difficult to talk about anything other than himself and his ailments.
Trump's trip to Georgia for his first post-election rally came as he continued to lie about the elections he had stolen – and when he made a last-ditch urge for Republican-controlled lawmakers to turn the election results upside down. Much of Trump's remarks consisted of variations on these themes, and his insistence that the elections in states he had lost like Georgia were against him stood in conflict with the idea that it is important for Republicans to stand up for Loeffler and Perdue decide.
That incoherence was evident during Trump's speech on Saturday, which began with him brazenly lying that he had actually won Georgia.
"We won Georgia, just so you understand," Trump said, although his loss in the state has already been confirmed by Georgia election officials. Trump repeated this lie so many times during his speech that he casually mentioned it at the end as if it were an established fact.
Trump repeated his lie about Georgia winning so many times during this rally that he now mentions it in passing as if it were a set truth pic.twitter.com/Ql4Rm2ipFk
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 6, 2020
Despite his insistence that Georgia Republicans, who run the state at best, looked the other way while the Democrats plotted to steal his elections, Trump urged fans elsewhere to vote for Loeffler and Purdue and do things like " If you don't vote, the socialists and communists will win. "
What the president failed to explain, however, is why Republican voters should trust that the runoff elections will not be rigged as he claims the presidential election, given that they are being conducted by the same officials.
Trump incoherently grumbles about the Georgia elections being rigged against him while encouraging Georgia Republicans to vote in the Senate runoff next month. Pic.twitter.com/nJorjwE0yB
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 6, 2020
Both Georgia senators are in close races, and the narrow lead with which Trump lost the state gives the impression that even a slightly depressed turnout could cost Loeffler and Perdue their seats in January. And should both lose, the Democrats will regain control of the Senate thanks to a groundbreaking vote by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Republicans counted on the president to give both candidates some momentum.
But the downside of Trump's difficulty talking about anything other than himself or the supposed horror of other people became apparent when Loeffler and Perdue took the stage to meet lukewarm applause. Her brief remarks were taken from "Fight for Trump!" Chants that drowned them out.
The Georgia rally came hours after Trump reportedly called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) asking him to convene a special session of lawmakers to scrap the election results. Kemp allegedly rejected Trump, and maybe that's why Trump attacked him several times during his speech and once told his fans: "Your governor should be ashamed."
Then, towards the end of the rally, Trump outlined the desperate two-front battle he is trying to fight to overthrow the elections, saying, "Hopefully our lawmakers and the United States Supreme Court will come forward and save our country."
But since neither the Republican-controlled state legislatures nor the Supreme Court have shown any great inclination to vote in an election that President-elect Joe Biden clearly won, Trump appears to have a backup plan – one he does expressed in an appropriately incoherent manner.
"We're going to win back the White House. We're going to win it back," Trump said, teasing a run of 2024, but then immediately added, "I don't want to wait until 2024. I want to go back three weeks."
Unfortunately, there is no overlap for Trump. But in the meantime, his refusal to admit has resulted in a fundraiser that could ultimately help him launch an offer of revenge for his loss to Biden based on the lies he has been telling since election day later this month.
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