It was only a little over two years ago that then-candidate Brian Kemp, a Republican running to claim the governor’s mansion in Georgia, snagged an endorsement from President Donald Trump — the most powerful endorsement a candidate for virtually any office could hope for.
But in the wake of the post-election turmoil that emerged in the Peach State this year, Trump has changed his mind, saying Sunday that he’s “ashamed” he ever backed Kemp. According to The Hill, Trump’s shocking reversal came in his first television interview since the election, where the president placed blame on Georgia’s GOP governor for not taking more action in the fight to expose alleged voter fraud in his state.
Trump hammers Georgia
In a phone call with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump slammed Kemp and Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, alleging that the two made deals with the state legislature with regard to the use of Dominion Voting Systems machines for the 2020 election.
“Everything has to be approved by the legislature, and they had judges making deals, and they had electoral officials making deals like this character in Georgia who’s a disaster,” Trump said Sunday of Georgia’s secretary of State, according to The Hill.
The president went on to slam Kemp, accusing him of doing “nothing” in the weeks since his traditionally red state appeared to go blue for Biden.
“And the governor’s done nothing. He’s done absolutely nothing,” Trump told Bartiromo on the phone, as The Hill reported.
“I’m ashamed that I endorsed him,” Trump added of Kemp. “But I look what’s going on. It’s so terrible.”
Upcoming court battles
Short of any changes to the final count that could come from a third recount, Biden managed to narrowly win the state of Georgia by 12,670 votes, according to Newsmax.
While Trump’s legal team and legal allies, like prominent defense attorney Sidney Powell, continue to attempt to prove that Biden only won due to a number of different fraudulent actions, Georgia Republicans are gearing up for an equally important fight that will determine the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
The Associated Press reports that Trump will be holding one of his legendary rallies in the Peach State in early December, presumably with hopes of keeping his supporters fired up and ready to rally behind Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on Jan. 5.
However, Trump has expressed concern in recent days that the upcoming Senate runoffs could be tainted by the same perceived fraudulent activities that rocked the general election earlier this month.
“I think you’re dealing with a very fraudulent system,” Trump said, according to the AP. “I’m very worried about that.”