Trump presses Georgia governor to help overturn result

Trump presses Georgia governor to help overturn result
First Lady Melania Trump introduced President Trump at the campaign rally in Valdosta, Georgia. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump has pressed Georgia Governor, a Republican, to help overturn Joe Biden’s election victory in the state.

In a series of tweets, Donald Trump urged governor Brian Kemp to call a special session of the state legislature.

It came before the President attended a campaign rally in Georgia for upcoming Senate runoff elections.

Mr Trump is still refusing to concede the elections and alleges that Mr Biden’s win was due to fraud, though he did not give any evidence.

Trump’s campaign has launched legal challenges in several states but so far almost all of them have failed.

Georgia was a key battleground state in the November 3 election and Joe Biden’s narrow win – the first time the state had voted Democrat since 1992 – helped to seal his presidency.

It is now the focus of an intense political battle for control of the two Senate seats. If Democratic Party wins January’s two runoff elections there, the Republican party would lose control of the upper house.

Mr Trump called Mr Kemp on Saturday morning and asked him to demand an audit of absentee ballot signatures, according to the Washington Post. Mr Kemp turned down the requests, a source told the newspaper. The has no power to order such an audit although.

President Trump has alleged throughout the election that the increase in mail-in ballots had led to widespread fraud, but there has been no evidence of this.

Then on Twitter, Mr Trump turned up the pressure on the Georgia Governor, saying: “I will easily & quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State permit a simple signature verification … Why are these two ‘Republicans’ saying no?”

The Republican Governor tweeted back that he had “publicly called for a signature audit three times”, to which Trump responded by calling for a special session of the state legislature.

Later, in his first post-election campaign rally, President Trump again took aim at Mr Kemp, saying the Governor had to “get a lot tougher”.

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