Delivering a striking rebuke of the “rigged election,” President Trump took the stage in Georgia on Saturday as he campaigned for Republican senators who are back on the campaign trail in the lead-up to their Jan. 5 runoff election. Trump warned supporters at the rally that Democrats would try to “steal” that election as well.
“They cheated and they rigged this presidential election, but we will still win it, we will still win it,” Trump told the large crowd Saturday night in Valdosta, Georgia. “And they’re going to try to rig this election, too.”
Incumbents senators David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) face challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in the runoff election, which will determine the balance of power in the Senate.
President Trump stressed how important it would be for his supporters to get out and vote, saying, “This is something that’s very important, and you have to get out, you have to vote. You have to make sure you have every vote counted.”
The president also laid out how important this election was to the future of the country, saying, “At stake in this election is control of the U.S. Senate, and that really means control of this country,” Trump said. “The voters of Georgia will determine which party runs every committee, writes every piece of legislation, controls every single taxpayer dollar. Very simply, you will decide whether your children will grow up in a socialist country or whether they will grow up in a free country.”
Trump later added, “If the other side manages to steal both elections, we will have total one-party socialist control. And everything you care about will be gone. Your whole philosophy is going to be gone.”
The rally was carried live on Newsmax TV, and chants of “Stop the Steal” could be heard as the president wrapped up his speech. Early voting for the runoff begins on Monday, Dec. 14.