Trump attacks Gov. Kemp, joins pro-Trump candidates in Perry

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PERRY, Ga. — Thousands packed the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry as former President Donald Trump held a rally for a slate of pro-Trump candidates running for office in Georgia in 2022.

Trump has remained fixated on Georgia and Gov. Brian Kemp since Kemp refused to intervene in the state’s election results, which President Joe Biden won by about 11,000 votes.

The rally was as much anti-Kemp as it was pro-Trump. At one point, Trump said Stacey Abrams would be a better governor than Kemp.

With the exception of Herschel Walker, the GOP speakers took the stage one-by-one, with the same theme: Repeating election conspiracies, denying the 2020 election results, and insisting that Donald Trump should still be the president.

As recently as Friday, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reiterated the accuracy of the results of the Georgia election, which Joe Biden won by about 11,000 votes. The tally was upheld by a statewide hand recount, a statewide machine recount, a signature audit in Cobb County, and multiple investigations.

“He knows he lost,” Raffensperger told The Washington Examiner of Trump.

Trump began to speak after being introduced as the 45th president of the United States. The program, staging, music, and introduction for this rally were entirely unchanged from the rallies during his days as president.

He began by slamming the 2020 election that he lost as “the most corrupt election in the history of the country.”

Trump did a familiar recitation against President Biden, “open borders,” bad trade deals and congressional Democrats.

He also attacked U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock.

“He’s a Marxist controlled by the radical leftist Democrats,” Trump said, adding moments later, “Next year Warnock and every single one of these far Left lunatics must be routinely and resoundingly and decisively defeated.”

But he returned immediately to wrongly insisting he won the 2020 election.

“You know there never has been a concession. You do know that, right?” he says.

Trump also complained that Stacey Abrams never conceded the race for Georgia governor, but was excused by the media.

And then he added a dig about Gov. Brian Kemp: “Of course, having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor. It might very well be better.”

Trump then dipped into many of the same grievances he nurtured during his time in office, including Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and the “Russia hoax.”

At one point, the crowd egged him on with chants of “Lock her up!”

Trump then got to the point of the rally.

“Now the people of Georgia must replace the RINOs and weak Republicans who made it all possible.”