Georgia GOP Senate candidates back Trump’s push for $2,000 stimulus checks
Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates are backing Donald Trump’s call to distribute $2000 stimulus checks to Americans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have both previously stated they are in favor of the handout, but have again pushed for the payment ahead of the crucial Georgia run-off races on Tuesday.
‘We have put together a robust legislative package that will benefit every Georgian and deliver $2,000 to those in need,’ Perdue and Loeffler said in a new statement obtained by WCTV.
Their push for the increased sum of money puts them at odds with many Republicans, who have endorsed a much smaller payment of $600.
However, the $2,000 amount is likely to make the pair more appealing to voters – which is crucial given both races are expected to come down to the wire.
Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are backing Donald Trump’s call to distribute $2000 stimulus checks to Americans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Loeffler is taking on Rev. Raphael Warnock, while Perdue is facing off against Jon Ossoff. Georgians head to the polls to vote on January 5.
Republican control of the Senate hinges on Perdue and Loeffler winning the run-offs.
If Warnock and Ossoff both manage to eke out wins, it will create a 50/50 split in the Senate, and provide incoming Vice President Kamala Harris with the deciding vote.
That would give Democrats control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, leaving Trump’s MAGA legacy in tatters.
Trump is keenly aware of that risk, and has confirmed he will travel to Georgia on Monday to support Loeffler and Perdue.
Biden will also be in the Peach State on Monday, lending some star power to Warnock and Ossoff’s rallies.
Loeffler is taking on Rev. Raphael Warnock (left), while Perdue is facing off against Jon Ossoff (right)
Yesterday, he told fans the race was ‘illegal and invalid’ because of what he described as an ‘unconstitutional’ voting process.
The suggestion that the vote is ‘illegal’ is likely to rattle GOP chiefs, who fear he could turn off his followers from heading to the polls. A faction of Republicans reportedly fear the president is deliberately sabotaging the race to send a message that the party needs him despite his loss in the presidential race.
The president laid into Judge Gardner, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, on Twitter Saturday.
‘The only judge seems to be Stacey’s sister!’ he wrote, days after Gardner’s Monday ruling dealt another blow to his election legal battle.
Gardner is the sister of Abrams, the former Democrat governor candidate for Georgia who is credited with playing a critical role in turning the red state blue in favor of Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.
Donald Trump has slammed Stacey Abrams’ judge sister over her ruling stopping thousands of Georgia votes being tossed and has insisted the state’s Senate runoffs are ‘illegal and invalid’ despite vowing to attend a rally there Monday
She is the sister of Stecey Abrams (center) who is credited with playing a critical role in turning the red state blue. Gardner is visible behind her sister (circled in the red dress) on May 22 2018 in Atlanta when Abrams was running for Georgia governor
Trump also repeated his calls for another signature verification of mail-in ballots and continued to push his unsubstantiated claims that the presidential election was stolen from him.
‘Why haven’t they done signature verification in Fulton County, Georgia. Why haven’t they deducted all of the dead people who ‘voted’, illegals who voted, non Georgia residents who voted, and tens of thousands of others who voted illegally, from the final vote tally?’ Trump tweeted Saturday.
‘Just a small portion of these votes give US a big and conclusive win in Georgia. Have they illegally destroyed ballots in Fulton County?
‘After many weeks, we don’t yet even have a judge to hear this large scale voter fraud case. The only judge seems to be Stacey’s sister!’
Donald Trump boards Airforce One while departing from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 31
US District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner ordered local election officials in Georgia to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility was being challenged
On Monday, Gardner ruled that two Georgia counties must undo their purging of voters from the election rolls, coming as a blow to Trump’s legal fight over the election.
The federal judge ordered local election officials in Ben Hill County and Muscogee County, which includes Columbus, to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility was being challenged.
The judge ruled that denying so many voters access to the ballot so close to an election would likely violate the National Voter Registration Act.
Gardner is the sister of black Democratic activist Abrams, and so the judge’s involvement has sparked outrage among some Trump supporters and Republicans.
Abrams, together with her organization Fair Fight, has been credited with boosting Democrat votes in the state and ultimately swinging the state to Biden. She raised millions of dollars and pushed hundreds of thousands of voters to register and turn out for the presidential election.
Meanwhile Trump’s push for signature verification comes as he seeks to have mail-in ballots thrown out across the state as he continues to push unfounded claims of widespread election fraud and refuses to concede to the President-elect.
Trump’s Twitter rant marked the latest yo-yoing from the president in the last day as he tweeted just an hour earlier urging his followers to ‘get ready to vote’ in the Georgia Senate runoffs on January 5
A signature audit would involve comparing the signatures on a sample of absentee ballot envelopes with the signatures on the voter’s registration application.
But the process of verifying voter signatures was already carried out by election workers when the ballots arrived and it would now be impossible to trace an individual ballot back to the envelope it came in.
Trump’s repeated swipes at Georgia is fueling fears among the GOP that it will dissuade his supporters from voting in the crucial runoffs on Tuesday that ultimately decides which party will control the Senate.
He has on the one hand been urging his supporters to back Loeffler and Perdue in the runoff race but has also continued to undermine the entire election process.
Georgia Republicans including Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan are warning him he is damaging Loeffler and Perdue’s chances.
Trump tweeted earlier Saturday morning urging his followers to get behind the two GOP Senate candidates.
‘Will be in Georgia on Monday night, 9:00 P.M. to RALLY for two GREAT people, @sendavidperdue & @kloeffler. GET READY TO VOTE ON TUESDAY!!!’ he tweeted Saturday morning.
This came just hours after he claimed the whole of Georgia’s election is ‘not legal or constitutional’ due to ‘massive’ changes to the voting process .He specifically took aim at the Georgia ‘consent decree’ – a bipartisan agreement around validating signatures on ballots
This appeared to be a major backtrack from his Twitter rant just hours earlier on New Year’s Day where he claimed the whole of Georgia’s election is ‘not legal or constitutional’ due to ‘massive’ changes to the voting process he says were made ‘hastily’ in the run up to the presidential election.
Trump specifically took aim at the Georgia ‘consent decree’ – a bipartisan agreement reached in March by state Democratic and Republican officials that determined standards for validating signatures on absentee ballots.
He also continued to push unfounded claims of widespread election fraud saying without evidence that there was ‘massive corruption’ in the 2020 election in the Twitter thread that was marked with a ‘disputed’ warning by the platform.
‘Before even discussing the massive corruption which took place in the 2020 Election, which gives us far more votes than is necessary to win all of the Swing States (only need three), it must be noted that the State Legislatures were not in any way responsible for the massive changes made to the voting process, rules and regulations, many made hastily before the election, and therefore the whole State Election is not legal or Constitutional,’ Trump tweeted Friday.
‘Additionally, the Georgia Consent Decree is Unconstitutional & the State 2020 Presidential Election is therefore both illegal and invalid, and that would include the two current Senatorial Elections.
‘In Wisconsin, Voters not asking for applications invalidates the Election. All of this without even discussing the millions of fraudulent votes that were cast or altered!’
Loeffler waves to the crowd at Saturday’s rally. Fears are mounting that Trump is turning off his followers from heading to the polls for the crucial vote that ultimately decides which party will control the Senate.
David Perdue (pictured December 11) announced Thursday he was in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 by a staff member
The thread was slapped with validity warnings from Twitter that the election fraud claim is disputed and that election officials have certified the presidential election for Joe Biden.
Election officials have declared Joe Biden won Georgia with 49.5 percent of the vote in comparison to Trump’s 49.3 percent.
In the rant, Trump said the consent decree rendered both his own loss in Georgia and the two Senate runoffs ‘invalid’.
The decree gives voters an opportunity to fix absentee ballots where there is some alleged mismatch between their signature on their ballot and their signature that election officials have on file.
The signature verification process has been the crux of many of Trump’s failed lawsuits to overturn the election, with his legal team arguing the agreement was illegal because it did not involve state legislatures.
The argument has failed however because Supreme Court rulings do allow legislatures to delegate their authority to other state officials, according to the National Constitution Center.
Neither Loeffler nor Perdue’s offices returned DailyMail.com’s requests for comment on Trump’s claims about Tuesday’s runoff race.
Ossoff was also on the campaign trail Saturday at a Get Out The Vote rally in Stone Mountain
Ossoff speaks to a crowd of supporters Saturday in the days before the Senate runoffs where he takes on Perdue
The outcome of the January runoffs will ultimately decide who takes control of the Senate. Pictured Democrat Raphael Warnock
Loeffler held a campaign rally Saturday joined by Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Cumming, Georgia.
Perdue meanwhile announced Thursday he was in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 by a staff member.
Ossoff was also on the campaign trail Saturday holding a speech to a crowd of supporters at a Get Out The Vote rally in Stone Mountain.
Trump’s repeated undermining of the validity of the Senate race could be doing his party more harm than good by deterring his supporters from turning out to vote.
Trump-supporting conspiracy theorists have already threatened to stage a boycott to derail the GOP candidates’ chances to claim the seats.
And Trump has been railing against one of his own calling for Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to resign.
Trump is outraged with the governor because Kemp won’t overturn the state’s presidential election results in his favor and two recounts have confirmed Biden’s win in the state.
He tweeted Wednesday that Kemp ‘should resign from office. He is an obstructionist who refuses to admit that we won Georgia, BIG! Also won the other Swing States.’
Mike Allen, co-founder of Axios, told CNBC Thursday that many Republicans think Trump is sabotaging Loeffler and Perdue’s campaigns to send a message that the party needs him.
‘There’s a big strain of thought among Republicans that President Trump is sabotaging this race. He’s done so much to be unhelpful to those candidates,’ Allen said.
‘I talk to Republicans and they look at what’s happening, and they say, ‘You know, he must be thinking, ‘I want to send a message, If I’m not on the ballot, Republicans are in trouble.”
Allen added that confidence is now waning in the party about the results of the race.
‘Georgia, despite the president-elect winning there, is still pretty red, so Republicans said, ‘In the end, this could be fine,” he said.
‘They’re no longer sure it’s fine, and a lot of that has to do with the president.’
Prominent Republicans are also warning that Trump is damaging the party’s chances of taking the Senate.
Prominent Republicans are also warning that Trump is damaging the party’s chances of taking the Senate with Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan telling CNN Thursday he believes Trump’s continued denial that he lost the presidential election is damaging Loeffler and Perdue’s chances in the runoffs
Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told CNN Thursday he believes Trump’s continued denial that he lost the presidential election is damaging Loeffler and Perdue’s chances in the runoffs.
‘I think so,’ he said, when the question was put to him.
‘Unfortunately the president has committed to the way he is going to act and react to losing the election and at this point it is not helping us here in Georgia.
‘We’ve got a very important event on January 5 and not just big for us here in Georgia but big for Republicans all over the country. My hope is that enough Republicans hang on with us here through January 5.’
When asked if Trump’s rally Monday will ‘help or hurt’ the GOP race, Duncan said he was ‘just going to stay positive’ and focus on the campaign.
‘Republican leadership is working here in Georgia and my encouragement to the president is to stay focused on that,’ he said.
Some political experts in the state believe Trump has already damaged the candidates’ chances with GOP turnout in the early voting period that ended Thursday said to be low.
A total of 2.8 million Georgians had already cast a ballot by Thursday with a higher turnout in Democratic Congressional districts than Republican ones, Fox News reported.
‘A big strain’ of Trump’s own party now fear the president is trying to sabotage the race because of his own failure to take the state, according to Mike Allen, co-founder of Axios
The amount counts for more than a third of the 4.9 million Georgians who voted in the November 3 general election.
Black voters make up a larger percentage of voters than in the November general election, which could be good news for Democratic Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.
Georgia-based GOP consultant Chip Lake told Fox News that ‘the early-voting numbers are certainly a little more favorable to Democrats than the early-voting data that we had in November.’
‘Republicans need to have a strong Election Day turnout on Tuesday. Election Day votes count the exact same as early votes. We had just under a million people vote on Election Day on Nov. 3,’ Lake continued.
‘For Republicans to win these runoff races, I think it’s crucial that we need to have Election Day turnout at 800,000 votes or higher on Tuesday.’
Trump is set to hold a rally in Dalton, Georgia on Monday in support of the two GOP candidates while Biden will be in Atlanta to campaign for the two Democratic candidates.
Both the president-elect and the president will try to rally their respective bases and give their candidates one final boost before the January 5 special election.
Both sides are bringing in big names and political fire power. Singer Jon Legend and former President Barack Obama cut a final campaign ad for Ossoff. And Vice President Mike Pence, who has already made four campaign trips for the Republican senators, could make one final stop before Tuesday’s election.
The two Georgia Senate seats are still up for grabs after candidates on neither side of the political line managed to secure the 50 percent threshold to secure a seat on November 3.
This means that on January 5, Perdue will go head-to-head with Democrat opponent Jon Ossoff and Loeffler with Democrat Raphael Warnock.
The outcome will ultimately decide which party takes control of the Senate. If the two Democrats win, the party will hold a 50-50 split meaning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris then has the deciding vote on matters.
If one or both of the Republicans win they will take control, likely making it difficult for the Biden administration to pass policies through the Senate.