The governor of Georgia will not accept pressure from President Donald Trump to call an extraordinary session of the state legislature in an attempt to overturn the state’s election results, his deputy said.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told CNN on Sunday that he and his boss, Gov. Brian Kemp, “were certainly not going to move the goals at this point in the election.”
The statement comes after Trump allegedly called Kemp, a Republican, on Saturday and asked for his help in overturning the election results by calling a special session of the state legislature so that the Republican-controlled body can appoint officials. voters who would overrule the state’s results.
Trump has increasingly attempted this long-term ploy as his court challenges and narratives have failed. On Saturday, he mocked Kemp and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, also a Republican, for supporting election results in their state.
A manual recount of all the ballots cast in Georgia confirmed Biden’s victory in the state, which was certified on November 20. A subsequent recount, requested by Trump at the expense of state taxpayers, also showed Biden holding on to his lead.
“I voted for President Trump, I campaigned for him and unfortunately he didn’t win the state of Georgia,” Duncan said. “So, yeah, you know, on January 20 Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president. The Constitution is still in place. It’s still America. “
‘Anger and fear’
As Trump continues to allege widespread fraud, without evidence, and many nationally elected Republican officials tacitly or explicitly support his attempts to overturn the results, local election officials have largely been left to defend the integrity of the vote in their states.
Gabriel Sterling, head of voting systems implementation in Georgia, on Sunday criticized Trump’s appearance at a rally in support of two Republican candidates in a second round in the Senate in the state that will decide on the party that will control the room.
In an interview with NBC, the election official called Trump’s litany of allegations “false” and “stoking anger and fear among his supporters.”
“And damn it, I voted for him,” Sterling added. “The situation is getting much worse.”
In his Sunday interview, Lt. Gov. Duncan also joined a chorus of Republicans who warned Trump’s attempts to undermine election results in Georgia could backfire on the Senate race. and discourage party voters from going to the polls.
“I’m afraid this continual, you know, fanning the flames around disinformation puts us in a negative position as far as the Jan. 5 runoff is concerned,” Duncan said. “Mountains of misinformation don’t help the process, they only hurt it.”