“I’ll be here in about a year-and-a-half campaigning against your governor, I guarantee you,” he stated at a rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Republican Senate candidate David Perdue, drawing cheers.
“He was in last place and I endorsed him. He went to first place very, like, immediately and then he won the primary, and then I gave him a couple of rallies, which I don’t like doing for other people,” Trump said.
“I’m going to be here in a year-and-a-half and I’m going to be campaigning against your governor and your crazy secretary of state, and you have great candidates,” the president added.
Kemp’s approval ratings have plummeted in recent weeks and polling shows former Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), who Trump asked to primary Kemp, spike well above the governor. Raffensperger could face a challenge from state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who supports Trump.
Kemp has defended his actions, claiming he’s abiding by state law and the U.S. Constitution. He has tried to shift the focus to the Georgia Senate runoffs, telling reporters last week that’s what he was focused on. But he also asserted that Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani “doesn’t know the Georgia Bureau of Investigation very well,” responding to Giuliani’s testimony at a recent state Senate committee hearing.
Raffensperger has pushed back on Trump’s allegations and criticism. After a call between him and the president was leaked to the media this week, he spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America” and said that Trump’s allegations are “just plain wrong.”
In a press conference later in the day, in which Raffensperger was not present, an official from his office said he screamed when he heard the call.
Trump has asked for signature verification to be done in Fulton County; officials conducted a verification in Cobb County, but have not done so for Fulton. He has also said numerous dead people voted in Georgia, along with double voters, and pointed to how ballots were counted on Election Night for over an hour with no observers present.
“There’s no way we lost Georgia,” he said Monday. “This was a rigged election, but we’re still fighting it and you’ll see what’s going to happen.”