The Washington Post reports:
President Trump called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Saturday morning to urge him to persuade the state legislature to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state and asked the governor to order an audit of absentee ballot signatures, the latest brazen effort by the president to interfere in the 2020 election.
Hours before he was scheduled to hold a rally in Georgia on behalf of the state’s two GOP senators, Trump pressed Kemp to call a special session of the state legislature to get lawmakers to override the results and appoint electors that would back him.
He also asked the governor to demand an audit of signatures on mail ballots, something Kemp has previously noted he has no power to do. Kemp declined the entreaty from Trump.
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WaPo is now reporting that Trump called Kemp *this morning* to ask him to call a special session of the GA legislature to overturn the results of the presidential election and order “an audit of absentee ballot signatures,” requests that Kemp denied https://t.co/48WdPSsY0B https://t.co/Zk7i2RNtHd
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) December 5, 2020
Harry Reid, on Trump calling Kemp to overturn GA results: “Georgia is not going to have its reputation ruined by some stupid damn thing that Trump is trying to do that’s outside the realm of reality,” the former Dem leader says on CNN, saying his actions “bordered on criminality”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 5, 2020
Kemp’s response to Trump’s request to ILLEGALLY steal the election: “#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 overrriden by executive order.”💥
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) December 5, 2020
Anyone who doubts that Trump would, if he could, dispatch the military, arrest Biden, Harris, Kemp et. al., shut down Congress, and do every other act we’ve seen from autocrats throughout history, still doesn’t understand that Trump is a fascist and the GOP accepts fascism.
— Kurt “Masks Save Lives” Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 5, 2020
Surprising that Kemp wouldn’t choose to become historically reviled so that Trump’s Electoral College loss could be slightly smaller. https://t.co/9sDaf63XEb
— Philip Bump (@pbump) December 5, 2020