Former President Donald Trump is known for making headline-generating comments about his political enemies, and that was proven once again as he took aim at Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) during his Georgia rally Saturday night.
According to The Hill, Trump hammered Georgia’s Republican governor in front of thousands of his constituents, going as far as claiming that 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) might have done a better job as governor.
“Of course, having her I think might be better than having your existing governor, if you want to know the truth,” Trump told the audience. “Might very well be better.”
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Trump hammers Kemp
During the former president’s rally, which was held in the city of Perry, Trump spent a significant amount of time on stage bashing Kemp. The 45th president has relentlessly attacked Kemp since the 2020 post-election chaos, as Kemp refused to call a special session to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
He also continued his attacks against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), adding that both state officials have “been a complete disaster on election integrity.”
The former president recalled his conversation with Kemp shortly after the 2020 election.
“I said Brian you know you have a big election integrity problem in Georgia,” Trump said. “I hope you can help us out and call a special election and let’s get to the bottom of it for the good of the country, for the good of the state of Georgia.”
As we now know, Kemp refused to entertain Trump’s claims of election fraud, marking himself as a life-long target for Trump and millions of his supporters.
Aside from bashing Georgia’s leadership, Trump’s primary objective on Saturday night was to endorse a number of GOP candidates for the 2022 midterm elections.
While some argue that a Trump endorsement could hurt some candidates, the stats, according to the Associated Press, say otherwise. Since 2017, Trump-backed candidates have won 37 of 43 competitive primaries — an impressive political batting average.
If anything was made clear on Saturday, it’s that Trump maintains his influencer status on the Republican Party as a whole, and GOP candidates are lining up around the block for a nod. To be sure, this next campaign season will be one for the books.