Trump calls on ‘hapless’ Georgia Gov. Kemp to use emergency powers to ‘overrule his obstinate sec of state’


If nothing else, President Donald Trump deserves credit for being a fighter, this being perhaps his greatest appeal to supporters — while at the same time the chief gripe his media tormentors have against him.

Leveling multiple allegations of voter fraud, to include in the state of Georgia, Trump took to Twitter Monday to call on “hapless” Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to override Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on matching signatures during the state’s recount.

 

The president recently called Raffensperger, who is a Republican, “an enemy of the people” for his handling of the election.

“Why won’t [Gov. Brian Kemp], the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes. It will be a “goldmine” of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state, Trump tweeted.

At issue in Georgia is a Consent Decree signed back in March by Raffensperger and a group of leftwing organizations to settle a lawsuit by Democrats regarding signature matching on mail-in ballots.

President Trump was leading in Georgia on Election Night until a late night ballot dump pushed Joe Biden ahead of him.

He tweeted about the Consent Decree a couple of weeks ago, saying it was done with Gov. Kemp’s approval and the “urging” of failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who says signature mismatches disproportionately affect minorities.

According to the president, the Consent Decree “makes it impossible to check [and] match signatures on ballots and envelopes, etc.”

Trump followed up on Monday’s tweet with a call to compare the number of ballots versus the number of envelopes.

“Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots. You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!” he tweeted.

The problem is, that avenue was successfully blocked before the 2020 election in the name of preserving secrecy.

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But emergency rules that were adopted ahead of the presidential election explicitly require, in order to preserve the secrecy of each individual vote as laid out in Georgia law and the Georgia Constitution, that ballots be separated from their envelopes so they cannot possibly be joined back together.

 

Rejected ballots over signatures is down significantly in the 2020 election, despite a record number of mail-in ballots.

“If the states simply imposed the same absentee ballot rejection rate as recent cycles, then Trump wins the election,” said political analyst Robert Barnes.

It’s not likely that Gov. Kemp will heed Trump’s call for action. Especially so, given that the president said this week on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he is “ashamed” he endorsed Kemp in 2018.

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