by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 4, 2021) — Addressing a crowd in Dalton, GA on Monday night in anticipation of two U.S. Senate “runoff” elections on Tuesday which will determine which party will control the upper congressional chamber, President Donald Trump said in his opening statement that his campaign will continue to fight the declared results of the November 3 election giving the White House to Democrat Joe Biden.
Current U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are facing challenges by Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively. Freedom, as opposed to socialism, is at stake in the election, Trump said.
“Watch what’s going to be revealed over the next couple of weeks,” he said to cheers from the audience. Later, he repeated his claim which began on November 4, “We won the election; we won it by a landslide.”
Obviously referring to the joint session of Congress on Wednesday in which the Electoral votes are expected to be opened and counted by the president of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump expressed hope that Pence, who he characterized as “a good man” who he likes, would make favorable decisions.
Trump decried “a consent decree” between former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams (D) and the current secretary of state, Brad Raffensberger, in March of last year which loosened “signature verification” requirements, presumably affecting the outcome of the presidential election.
Trump has claimed he won Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada, all of which were declared as Biden victories certified by each state governor.
Speaking with his normal enthusiasm, Trump warned that the silencing of free speech inevitably leads to “communism.”
“I’m going to be here in a year and a half, and I’m going to be campaigning against your governor and your crazy secretary of state,” Trump said at 9:24 p.m. ET.
Both Raffensberger and Gov. Brian Kemp are registered Republicans but have not conducted a complete signature audit which Kemp promised more than two weeks ago while placing the onus for it on Raffensberger.
On Saturday evening, a recording among Raffensberger and attorneys representing his office and the Trump campaign and its attorneys was leaked to The Washington Post, which upon publishing a small portion of the hour-long audio interpreted that Trump pressured Raffensberger to “find” 11,000+ votes for him.
Official reporting states that Biden won Georgia by 12,670 votes.
“People will remember the people who don’t support us,” Trump said, referring to the U.S. Senate and House, members of which have pledged to file objections to the certification of the Electoral votes on Wednesday. He said support in the House is “great,” while in the Senate, he described it is “good” but “could be better.”
Earlier on Monday, three individuals — Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis; Newsmax commentator Greg Kelly; and Trump campaign attorney Joseph diGenova (31:55) — suggested that on Wednesday, Pence will send the Electoral results “back to the states” for the legislatures to sort out in six contested states where two sets of electors cast votes for president on December 14.
“If we don’t do something fast, there will never be another fair election,” Trump told the crowd, then urging them to “vote tomorrow” for the two incumbent senators.
Both Republicans have pledged that if reelected, they will object to the certification of the Electoral votes as they currently stand.
Of the contested states, Trump said at 10:00 p.m., “We’re gonna win them all.”
Updated, 6:35 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021