December 6, 2020 8:21 AM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, led a crowded campaign event for the Senate in the state of Georgia this Saturday, while COVID-19 infections soared in the country and state and local authorities called for the population to avoid large groups and wear a mask.
Accompanied by the first lady, Melania Trump, the ruler spoke to dozens of people, many of them without covering their faces, who gathered at the airport in the town of Valdosta.
The first lady acted as her husband’s mistress of ceremony with a brief speech. He assured that Trump continues to fight for his followers “every day.”
“Do not allow your voices to be silenced. We must keep our seats in the Senate. It is more important than ever that you exercise your right as a US citizen and vote, “said Melania Trump.
The presidential couple moved to Georgia to endorse the Republican Senate bid Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who on January 5 will face Democrats Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff. No candidate got enough margin on November 3 to avoid a second round.
If both Democrats prevail, it would end the Republican dominance of the Senate in a chamber divided exactly in half, 50 to 50.
Without acknowledging their defeat
More than a month after the elections, which his rival won, Joe biden, Trump insisted on Saturday that the Democrats cheated.
“You know that we won in Georgia,” said the president, despite the fact that the counts indicate that he was defeated in that state by more than 12,000 votes.
“You must go to vote and vote early starting December 14. You have to do it; cheated and rigged this presidential electionbut we will still win them, “Trump added.
In this context, he predicted that “they will also try to manipulate this election”, for which he called on his supporters to ensure that “all the votes” count.
Trump called the governor of Georgia
Local media revealed this Saturday that before his trip to Georgia, Trump called the governor, Republican Brian Kemp, to allegedly urge him to persuade state legislators to overturn the victory for Biden and ask that he order an audit of the signatures of the absentee voters.
According The Wall Street Journal, who quoted a person familiar with the call, The president asked Kemp to convene a special session of the state legislature for legislators to designate pro-Trump voters who would tip the Electoral College in their favor.
The newspaper The Washington Post, based on 2 sources, assured that the governor declined that request.
“As I told the president this morning, I have publicly requested a signature audit 3 times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our electoral process and ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia. “. This is what Kemp wrote on his Twitter account, without going into details.
Previously, Trump had referred to Georgia’s governor and secretary of state, fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, in a tweet.
“I will win Georgia easily and quickly if the Governor, Brian Kemp, or the Secretary of State allows a simple signature verification. It has not been done and it will show discrepancies on a large scale. Why are these 2 ‘Republicans’ saying no? If we win Georgia, everything else will fit! “Declared Trump, whose term ends on January 20.