TRUMP IN GEORGIA: ‘GET OUT AND VOTE‘ In the days leading up to President Trump’s rally in Valdosta, Georgia, there was a lot of speculation about what might happen. Would Trump spend all his time complaining about the presidential vote count, in Georgia and some other states? Or would he stick to the purpose of the event, to promote the candidacies of Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the January 5 Georgia runoffs that will determine control of the Senate?
To look at the headlines, Trump made it all about himself. “At Georgia rally, Trump spouts election falsehoods, amplifies old grievances,” was the headline in the Washington Post. The New York Times went with “At Rally for Georgia Senators, Trump Focuses on His Own Grievances.”
But there was much more to the story. In fact, Trump delivered for Perdue and Loeffler. Yes, he talked a lot about the presidential election. But he also talked a lot about the Senate races, stressed the importance of the races, and pushed repeatedly for Georgians to vote in the runoffs. He even took took a not-so-veiled shot at his own allies who have been urging Georgia Republicans to boycott the race.
The message first came from First Lady Melania Trump, who introduced her husband. “We must keep our seats in the Senate,” the said. “It is more important than ever that you exercise your rights as an American citizen and vote….Get out and vote for Senator Loeffler and Senator Perdue.” The First Lady did not comment on the presidential election or claim that it had been stolen or was plagued by massive fraud.
For his part, the president started focusing on the Senate race early in his speech. “There’s never been a case where a state has had this prominence in Senate races because they’re never together,” he said, pointing to Georgia’s odd circumstances of having two Senate contests on a runoff ballot at the same time. “This is something that’s very important and you have to get out and you have to vote…David and Kelly are running [ … ]