As Georgia Republicans continue to blame former President Donald Trump for costing them the Senate seats of David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the January runoff, and Republicans nationally by and large thusly blame him for losing their Senate majority, many in the southern state are worried that the damage Trump has done to them is not over.
Speaking to The Hill, Georiga Governor Brian Kemp wondered if Trump’s actions could cost them the governorship next year, as activist Stacey Abrams appears to be gearing up for a 2022 rematch of the 2018 race between herself and Kemp.
Another Georgia Republican echoed those thoughts to The Hill:
“He’s done a real number on us already. My concern is Trump becomes a distraction. You never want to have to deal with nonsense, and right now we really can’t afford his nonsense.”
A former GOP Senate campaign aide addedl that Trump’s unfounded claims of a “rigged” and “stolen” election in Georgia last year sunk their plans to blitz then Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock with damaging opposition research dumps:
“There was loads of good [opposition research] on Warnock, and it didn’t come out until the runoff. By that time, he looked like the nice guy — the guy who hugs puppies.”
State GOP officials are fully expecting that Donald Trump will once against insert himself into Georgia’s elections, as he’s already endorsed a primary opponent against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as part of his pledge to “primary” any and all Republicans at every level who he believes did not do enough to help him overturn the election.
Another Republican campaign aide explained:
“There’s going to be some rough primaries. I don’t think there’s a way around that… everyone is going to be going after that Trump endorsement and tearing each other apart to get it.”
Kemp has also made headlines recently by calling Stacey Abrahams a scam artist.
Breitbart News is reporting that Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp recently went on a long rant against Democrat activist Stacey Abrams over her statement on the recent passage of the state’s Election Integrity Act.
Kemp told Breitbart host Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News Sunday that his former opponent for Governor was spreading lies “to pad her bank account.”
Abrams blasted the bill, SB 202, after it passed last Thursday, calling it voter suppression and “Jim Crow 2.0.”
Kemp, on the other hand, celebrated it as a means of expanding voter access and increasing security in Georgia elections. The governor accused Abrams of using the bill’s passage to make money for herself:
“Stacey Abrams is making a lot of money off of this. She’s getting billionaires and other people and people that don’t even have a lot of money to give money to this cause, really saying things that are untruthful to pad her bank account.”
Kemp also criticized President Joe Biden, who called the bill “Jim Crow in the 21st Century,” saying he displayed a lack of awareness for what the bill does:
“I think Joe Biden’s so focused on Georgia’s election law even though he doesn’t know his own laws in his own state are more restricted than we are to take the focus away from the outrageous things that are happening on the border right now with kids being trafficked and people swarming across the border. I think that’s probably orchestrated probably not by him but his political minions that are serving in the White House now.”
One criticism Abrams and others have levied against the bill is that it allegedly prohibits voters in line to vote from having food and drinks.
Kemp countered that notion:
“Certainly any voter can bring water. They can bring food. They could order a Domino’s Pizza … while they’re standing in line, but we’re not going to allow a state representative or me as governor that’s on the ballot to go out and hand water, which has actually happened before in Georgia. We’re not going to let third party groups do that whether it’s Stacey Abrams’ group, the NRA [National Rifle Association], or anybody else. That would be inappropriate within 150 feet of a polling location, but you know if you get outside of that boundary, you can hold political signs up and you can do basically whatever you want. This is just making sure voters are not bothered or intimidated while they’re in line and voting.”
Abrams wrote that “they criminalize free water & food for those in line,” to which Kemp again responded as a “scam and a racket:”
“And then you got Abrams that is making money on this. It’s just a scam and a racket in many ways, and I’m just so thankful that you guys and a lot of other people like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post and the Washington Examiner and others that are simply putting the facts out there because you know even the Atlanta paper is putting editorials out there that are just factually not correct.”