President Trump and Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp no longer have an amicable relationship as they once did. The standing between Trump and Kemp significantly soured after the 2020 presidential election and furthermore shows no signs of improvement.
Per the 45th president, he believes that Kemp and other Georgia leaders have not acted to stop voter fraud. Trump has pointed to multiple claims of irregularities and cheating in Georgia; he’s furthermore called upon Governor Kemp to hold a special session.
However, the Georgia governor continues to maintain that state and federal laws bar him from holding a special session to change electors or an election’s outcome.
All things considered, it’s not looking good for any potential future reconciliation between Trump and Kemp. As a matter of fact, Breitbart News reports that the 45th president vowed to campaign against Kemp in 2022, should the Georgia governor run for re-election.
The Fall of the Trump-Kemp Relationship
On Monday, Trump spent the evening in Georgia to campaign for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. The president spoke about a series of issues while rallying at the Dalton Municipal Airport; one of these matters dealt with Georgia’s chosen manner of addressing the 2020 presidential election.
It’s Election Day in Georgia! We must defend Georgia to save America by electing Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Go vote! You can find your polling place here: https://t.co/crzoO1ZH1X pic.twitter.com/CpsNo4cNFV
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) January 5, 2021
The president stated that Kemp and the Georgia secretary of state haven’t reviewed the ballots and various issues with the election. Over the weekend, Trump actually spoke with Secretary of State Raffensperger over the phone about his concerns about the election; Raffensperger, however, dismissed these concerns and stated that Trump’s data lacked correctness.
Therefore, the president made very clear that he will not be supporting Kemp or Raffensperger’s re-election bids in 2022, should they decide to run.
A Potential Primary Opponent for Governor Kemp
Georgia Republican Doug Collins’ name has come up multiple times regarding a potential primary challenge against Brian Kemp.
A recent poll putting Collins against Kemp in a primary election showed that Collins would significantly beat the current Georgia governor. Moreover, there are rumors that President Trump himself is supportive of Collins running for governor next year.
If Georgia conservatives stay home tomorrow, socialism wins. It's that simple. Call your friends. Call your family. Make a plan to vote in the Georgia runoff tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/rEZWrOvDMy
— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) January 5, 2021
At this time, Kemp has not responded to Trump’s vow to campaign against him. With today being the day of the Georgia runoffs, the GOP governor is calling upon residents of his state to get out and vote for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
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