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Trump’s tweets and actions put Georgia GOP senators on defense


#Among several false claims about election fraud, #President #Donald #Trump called on #Georgia #Gov. #Brian #Kemp to “resign from office” in a tweet #Wednesday morning.

“#He is an obstructionist who refuses to admit that we won #Georgia, BIG!,” #Trump falsely claimed in his tweet criticizing the #Republican governor.
#Neither senator has commented on #Trump’s call for #Kemp to resign, the latest in a string of incendiary comments the #President has made that the two senators — who have staked their elections on tying themselves to #Trump — have been asked about. The issue is the latest example of the #President’s unpredictable nature upsetting the race in #Georgia, a state #President-elect #Joe #Biden carried in the #November election.

#Pressed by #Fox #News on #Tuesday, #Loeffler would only say “I have been proud to support our men and women in the military,” calling the #President “a huge champion for our military.”

#Both #Loeffler and #Perdue have attempted to avoid actively rebutting the #President’s claims, with #Loeffler refusing to comment on if she supported #Trump’s claims of a rigged election during a debate earlier this month, instead telling moderators, when pressed, “it’s very clear that there were issues in this election.” #For his part. #Perdue has also refused to condemn the #President over baseless conspiracy theories, telling supporters on the campaign trail in #Forsyth, #Georgia, that if #Democrats win in #January’s runoff contests and “if they get the #White #House, then the vice president is the tiebreaker,” in any #Senate deadlocks.
The tightrope both senators are being forced to walk was also on display #Tuesday, as both senators announced they’d back #Trump’s call for $2,000 in direct #Covid relief checks, but stopped short of calling for a vote on a comparable bill that passed the #House, even as #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell blocked an effort to quickly pass the measure by #Senate #Democrats and signaled his intent to tie relief to “poison pill” proposals repealing #Section 230 and forming an election fraud task force.
#Trump’s call for $2,000 in #Covid relief took #Republicans by surprise last week when, after a $900 billion #Covid relief package with $600 in direct checks passed both the #Senate and the #House, the #President announced in video posted online he would not support the bill headed to his signing desk. #Trump ultimately signed the bill while vacationing in #Florida on #Sunday, after an intense lobbying campaign from #Perdue, but has maintained his call for $2,000 checks.

#Asked #Tuesday, #Loeffler told CNN, “I’ve said I’ve supported (increased #Covid relief), I support it. #Look, we have to provide relief to #Americans,” but offered no insight into whether she’d return to #Washington to vote on the issue. #Perdue ignored multiple requests for comment about whether he’d call on #McConnell to bring a vote to the #Senate floor while campaigning across the state #Tuesday.

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