Trump slams ‘hapless’ Kemp, asks why he won’t use emergency powers to ‘overrule’ his sec of state
If anyone should be empathetic to President Donald Trump right now, it would be Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
For four long years, Trump has had to withstand claims of being an illegitimate president because critics maintained that Russian operatives participated in his 2016 campaign – a now thoroughly debunked claim. Kemp, likewise, has faced accusations that he is really not the governor of Georgia, despite winning by 50,000 votes, because of voter suppression claims made by his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, whom some Democrats treat as the Peach State’s “real” governor.
Nonetheless, Trump lashed out at Kemp in recent days over his reported failure to take stronger action on the president’s arguments of ballot-box chicanery.
On Sunday, Trump said he was “ashamed” that he had endorsed Kemp, Georgia’s former secretary of state, in the gubernatorial election two years ago. That’s because Kemp certified the results of the election, which Democrat Joe Biden won by less than 13,000 votes, and because Kemp, according to Trump, did “nothing” to after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, refused to acquiesce to Trump’s request for stronger verification of mail-in ballots.
On Monday, Trump reiterated his attack on Kemp.
“Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes,” Trump tweeted Monday. “It will be a ‘goldmine’ of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state.”
“Also,” the president added in a follow-up tweet, “quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots. You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!”
Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes. It will be a “goldmine” of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2020
In response to Trump, Raffensperger has said he is a “proud” Trump supporter, but that the numbers are what they are.
Kemp, meanwhile, said through a spokesman on Monday that state law forbids him from getting involved as Trump desires. “Georgia law prohibits the governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order,” the governor’s spokesman said.
While the national media continue to characterize Trump’s claims as “basis,” Georgia was one state where Trump has narrowed his lead through the recount process. He picked up hundreds of votes after previously uncounted ballots were discovered in at least three counties.
One hurdle Trump faces, according to Fox News, is that per an emergency rule the state adopted earlier this year absentee ballots cannot be remarried to the signed envelopes they arrived in once the ballots are opened and processed.