U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned in Georgia on Saturday for two Republican senators at a rally that some in his party feared could end up hurting, not helping, their chances by focusing on his efforts to reverse his own election defeat.
In his first rally appearance since he lost to Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential contest, the Republican Trump reminded the chanting crowd that he came to southern Georgia to persuade them to vote Republican in runoffs on Jan. 5.
But he quickly turned to his repeated claims, made without evidence, of widespread fraud in the presidential election.
“They cheated and rigged our presidential election but we’ll still win it. And they are going to try to rig this election too,” Trump told the crowd in Valdosta, who chanted “We love you!” and “Four More Years!”
He repeated his attacks on Republicans who have refused to back him, including Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp. Earlier on Saturday, Trump phoned Kemp and pressured the governor on Twitter to take further steps to help him overturn the election results.