ATLANTA — Governor Brian Kemp is responding to President Trump’s unfounded accusations of “massive voter fraud” in the presidential election in Georgia.
Trump has seethed over losing Georgia, which hadn’t voted for a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years. In January, the state will decide whether the GOP retains control of the U.S. Senate, when voters decide on two run-off Senate races.
On Sunday, Trump said on Fox News that he was ashamed that he endorsed Kemp in 2018.
“The governor has done nothing,” Trump said. “He’s done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him.”
President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia with a narrow lead of just under 13,000 votes, prompting a recount, which is currently underway. A statewide audit last week confirmed Biden’s win.
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This morning, Kemp responded to Trump’s comments reiterating that he is following the state’s laws.
Here is the full statement by Kemp:
“Georgia law prohibits the Governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order. As the Governor has said repeatedly, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps - including a sample audit of signatures - to restore trust and address serious issues that have been raised.”
Trump endorsed Kemp via Twitter in 2018.
“Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement,” the president wrote.
Trump boasted that his “full endorsement” helped Kemp edge rising Democrat Stacey Abrams.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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