Donald Trump says he’s ‘ashamed’ to have endorsed Georgia Governor Brian Kemp because he has ‘done absolutely nothing’ to question the state’s results
- Donald Trump appeared on Fox News on Sunday for his first post-election chat
- The president said he was ‘ashamed’ of his support for Georgia’s governor
- Trump campaigned for Brian Kemp in 2018 as he defeated Stacey Abrams
- Trump is furious that Georgia voted Democrat for the first time in 30 years
- On Saturday Trump will be in Georgia to campaign for a January 5 Senate run-off
Published: 23:30 GMT, 29 November 2020 | Updated: 02:12 GMT, 30 November 2020
Trump has seethed over losing the southern state, which had not voted for a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years.
Trump said on Fox News that Governor Brian Kemp has ‘done absolutely nothing’ to question the state’s results.
Trump has made baseless accusations that illegal votes cost him the election in Georgia and beyond. His legal challenges have failed in several states.
Donald Trump is pictured with Brian Kemp in November 2018. Trump now regrets backing him
Trump, pictured returning to the White House on Sunday, said he no longer supports Kemp
Kemp is pictured celebrating his win over Stacey Abrams in November 2018
Trump backed Kemp’s campaign in 2018, boasting that his ‘full endorsement’ helped him edge rising Democrat Stacey Abrams.
In this month’s presidential contest, Biden beat Trump by about 12,670 votes in the state.
Democrats hope for two other upset victories in twin Senate races on January 5 against Republican office holders.
That would deny Republicans their majority, keeping the GOP with 50 seats, while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be available for tie-breaking votes.
Democrat Jon Ossoff is challenging Senator David Perdue while Reverend Raphael Warnock takes on Senator Kelly Loeffler.
Kelly Loeffler (left) was appointed by Kemp (right) and is up for election on January 5
No candidate won at least 50 per cent of the vote share in this month’s election, leading to the head-to-head runoffs.
Ossoff said Sunday that a Republican-controlled Senate will hit the Biden administration with the same ‘obstructionism’ it mounted against former President Barack Obama.
‘It will be paralysis, partisan trench warfare,’ he told CNN. ‘At a moment of crisis, when we need strong action.’
Loeffler on Fox News said GOP victories would be a ‘firewall to socialism’ and the Democratic policies of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Trump supporters accuse Brian Kemp of not having done enough to challenge the result
It is Loeffler’s first election cycle after Governor Kemp appointed her to the seat in January when her predecessor resigned.
Trump on Saturday plans to arrive in the state he lost to campaign for the GOP incumbents.
He said that Kemp must ‘see the light’ and ‘take charge’ in the state.
‘We’re making sure that Georgians are fired up to turn out to vote,’ Loeffler said.
‘If we vote, we will win this election.’