If you thought that Trump rallies would be a thing of the past now he’s lost the election, you’d be very wrong.
Trump managed to get out of the White House and stretch his legs with a rally in Georgia last night. The rally wasn’t officially a Trump rally – it was in support of Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Georgia’s senate run-off in January will decide which party controls the Senate.
If both Loeffler and Perdue lose their seats, Republicans will lose control of the Senate. This is important because winning control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives would enable Democrats to make more seismic legislative changes. Obviously Republicans don’t want this to happen, but Democrats do.
Georgia was a crucial state in November’s general election. After a recount, Joe Biden was declared the winner, flipping the state for the first time in decades. This was largely credited to Democrat Stacey Abrams’s efforts to register Black Georgians to vote.
So with Trump on the ground in the battleground state, after weeks of saying the election was rigged, it’s clear Republicans mean business. He even brought Melania along too to address the largely mask-less crowd.
Thankfully Vox’s Aaron Rupar catalogued everything Trump said, so here’s a roundup:
1. “We won Georgia”
Trump kicked off his speech by lying to his supporters that he won the state of Georgia. When, in reality, two counts declared Biden the winner by 13,000 votes.
Trump begins his speech with a big lie, saying, "We won Georgia, just so you understand." (Trump lost Georgia.) https://t.co/HlCEFc2beU
Trump tries, just for a second, to sound sympathetic towards Covid-19 victims. He then begins rambling about the vaccine and claims that “a lot” of people are already vaccinated despite the fact that this isn’t the case.
Trump tries to express sympathy for Covid victims but can't help but immediately transition into bragging about how… https://t.co/U5S8DgzU9S