Former President Donald Trump on Saturday revved up his allegations of voter fraud in front of an enthusiastic crowd at a “Save America” rally in Georgia, where he insisted the 2020 vote was rigged against him.
“They ignored monumental evidence of rampant fraud,” Mr. Trump said, alleging scores of duplicate and missing ballots in Georgia, where he was the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the state in three decades.
“I bring voter fraud to the forefront to save our nation from corrupt elections and to make sure this never, ever happens again,” Mr. Trump said.
Georgia is considered a critical battleground for 2022 and could determine whether Republicans can regain control of the Senate.
Mr. Trump, however, asserted that the results proved voter fraud took place, citing the audit’s allegations that there were inconsistencies related to mail-in balloting and potential duplicate ballots.
“We won on the Arizona forensic audit yesterday at a level that you wouldn’t believe,” Mr. Trump.
Reading off the results of the audit, Mr. Trump cited findings of more than 20,000 ballots that allegedly were cast by people who no longer lived in the state. “You have more than 10,000 votes that I ‘lost’ by,” he said.
The candidates Mr. Trump promoted included U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who is running for secretary of state, and state Sen. Burt Jones, who is vying for lieutenant governor.
Mr. Walker, Ms. Hice and Mr. Jones have echoed Mr. Trump‘s claims of voter fraud.
Mr. Hice, a four-term House Republican who spoke ahead of Mr. Trump, accused Mr. Raffensperger of diminishing peoples’ confidence in the state’s elections.
“It is my deep conviction that Brad Raffensperger has massively compromised the right of the people at the ballot box,” Mr. Hice said.“He has opened wide the door for all sorts of irregularities and fraud to march into our election system and it is time that we take charge of this.”
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who also appeared at the rally, called for her state to conduct its own audit into the 2020 election.
“Trump won Georgia, and that’s why I’m calling for an audit in Georgia. It’s time to do it. No more excuses,” Mrs. Greene said.
Mr. Raffensperger defended the integrity of Georgia’s elections, noting the state conducted several recounts, audits, and investigations that still came up short of Mr. Trump’s claims.
“Every time we’ve looked into all of these and all of these concerns, it’s clear that Donald Trump lost the election fair and square,” Mr. Raffensperger said.
Mr. Trump urged voters to turn out next year to save the country from “lunatics” in Washington, while also promising a GOP victory in 2024.
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