- President Donald Trump retweeted a post on Tuesday by a lawyer allied with his campaign who said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp “will soon be going to jail.”
- Trump has hammered Kemp and other top Republican officials in Georgia for weeks as they have rejected his bid to overturn the election results.
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President Donald Trump retweeted a post by a prominent lawyer on Tuesday who suggested Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp would be arrested for neglecting to challenge the state’s 2020 presidential-election results.
—Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 15, 2020
The pro-Trump lawyer accompanied the tweet with a photo of Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in photoshopped masks displaying the Chinese flag.
Wood has repeated Trump’s unfounded claims about the election and helped fight his legal battles in Georgia, though the campaign has lost every lawsuit in the state. There is no evidence to back Trump’s assertions of widespread voter fraud and voting irregularities in the 2020 race.
Since the election, the president has pressured Kemp and Raffensperger to tip the race in his favor, regularly calling them out on Twitter. He has also spoken with Kemp and urged him to persuade the Georgia Legislature to hold a special election and override the results.
Tuesday’s tweet is Trump’s latest attack against Georgia’s top Republican officials, who have rejected the president’s demands to overturn the election results.
Raffensperger confirmed last week for the third time that President-elect Joe Biden won the state. Biden officially earned 270 Electoral College votes on Monday, solidifying his defeat over Trump. High-profile GOP members have begun extending their congratulations to the president-elect after weeks of silence on the matter.
Still, Trump continues to spout his claims that the election was rigged. His main accusation against Georgia is that officials did not verify signatures on mail-in ballots.
Raffensperger has shut down the allegations, but on Monday he announced his commitment to pursue an audit on absentee-ballot envelopes in Cobb County, which covers parts of Atlanta. The process will not change the election outcome.
“Now that the signature matching has been attacked again and again with no evidence, I feel we need to take steps to restore confidence in our elections,” Raffensperger said, according to The Associated Press. The audit is expected to be finalized in two weeks, he added.
Early voting in Georgia is already underway for two Senate runoff elections on January 5, which will determine whether Democrats or Republicans get to control the upper chamber next year.