Gov. Kemp says misinformation, conspiracy theories over election have gone too far

Gov. Brian Kemp had some harsh words Thursday for what he called misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding November’s election.

During a news conference, Kemp said that there’s a rule in his family that there is no crying in politics, but to see his daughters and his wife attacked on social media and to see death threats for his family and other families of state officials is too much.

In the past 24 hours, baseless conspiracies theories have been spread about the deaths of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent and a young aide close to Kemp’s family.

Kemp said it needs to stop now.

“This needs to stop. People need to deal with facts. We’ll give them to them, and if anybody has an issue with something I’ve done, they can come to me, and I will talk to them about it,” Kemp said. “They don’t need to bother my wife and my children or another elected official’s wife and children. I can assure you I can handle myself. And if they’re brave enough to come out from underneath that keyboard or behind it, we can have a little conversation if they would like to.”

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Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray asked the governor about his relationship with President Donald Trump, who himself has been sharing conspiracy theories on social media.

“As far as I know, my relationship with the president is fine. I know he’s frustrated. He and I have disagreed on things before. When Mike Pence was here once, he said, ‘You always know where the president stands.’ We know where he stands, but look, at the end of the day, I have to follow the laws and constitution of the state,” Kemp said.

“Are you concerned he is promoting some of the same conspiracy theories that are leading to the problems you are concerned about?” Gray asked Kemp.

“Well, my concern right now, politically, is to get David Perdue reelected to the United States Senate and send Kelly Loeffler back up there. She’s doing a great job,” Kemp said.

Kemp told Gray that he has said the same thing to the President of the United States as he has to other critics who have called and emailed: that he is following the laws and the constitution of the State of Georgia.

But, either way, he said the conspiracy theories surrounding this election have simply gone too far.