As Georgia Republicans aim to unite, Trump’s ‘rigged’ claims drive a wedge
Still, there’s no indication that Trump is trying to lower the temperature – or shift the focus toward runoffs that will decide control of the Senate – even as state elections officials warn that his claims of voter fraud are inciting violence.
In the runup to the visit, Trump has intensified his attacks on Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after they refused his demands to overturn the election results. He’s called Raffensperger an “enemy of the people” and said he was “ashamed” to have endorsed Kemp.
The president drew thousands of supporters to Valdosta in 2016 when he last held a rally there, a strategic move that also earned news coverage in the battleground state of Florida.
Though he’s visited Atlanta several times this year, Trump’s campaign rallies have veered away from the metro area, which has tilted increasingly Democratic since his 2016 victory.
The president held events in Middle Georgia and the outskirts of the northwest Georgia city of Rome in the weeks before the election – Republican-friendly areas where the GOP candidates need to run up the score to defeat Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in January.