With control of the Senate up for grabs, President Donald Trump is going back to Georgia to help Republicans maintain control.
The president will hold his second MAGA rally in many months on Jan. 4 to support Republican Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, he announced Saturday, according to The Hill.
Return to Georgia
Georgia has been closely watched since the Nov. 3 election, between Trump’s ongoing feud with the state’s Republican officials over their response to alleged voter fraud and the highly anticipated Senate runoffs.
In the final days and weeks before the Jan. 5 contests, big names in American politics are converging on the state, including Trump’s election rival, Democrat Joe Biden, who showed up last week, as well as Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Trump’s daughter Ivanka, both of whom stopped in the state on Monday — and of course, the biggest of them all, the president himself.
Following a previous rally this December, Trump’s first since Nov. 3, the president told supporters that he would stop in Georgia again on Jan. 4 to support the Republican senators, The Hill noted.
While acknowledging his disappointment with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Trump called Loeffler and Perdue “great people” who “must” win.
What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington, know? Wasn’t he the person who so stupidly said, on television, “Libyan solution”, when describing what the U.S. was going to do for North Korea? I’ve got plenty of other Bolton “stupid stories”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2020
Focus on Georgia heightens
At his December rally, Trump slammed a “rigged” presidential election while calling on his supporters to show up and vote for Loeffler and Perdue.
“We can fight for the presidency, and we can fight for these two great Senators, and we can do it at the same time,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Trump has claimed that the election was stolen by Democrats, but Georgia officials certified Biden as the state’s winner by a narrow margin.
At his own rally in Georgia last week, Biden told supporters that failure in the Senate would stymie his efforts to pass his agenda through Congress.
Democrats have to win both seats to get narrow control of the Senate, with Harris serving as the potential tie-breaker. More than a million votes have already been cast since early voting began last week, according to Atlanta’s 11Alive.