Former President Donald Trump held a rally on Saturday night in Perry Georgia. The former commander in chief covered a lot of ground in his speech, and he on a number of occasions took aim at the Republican governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp.
On one of those occasions, Trump took a bit of a rabbit trail and wondered if it “might be better” if failed gubernatorial candidate and Democrat activist Stacey Abrams were sitting in the governor’s office.
The former president said very candidly, “When Stacey Abrams says, ‘I’m not gonna concede,’ that’s okay. No problem! Oh, she’s not gonna concede, she’s not gonna concede,” Trump said. “Of course, having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor … might very well be better.”
Kemp drew criticism from former president Trump following the November 2020 presidential election. This came after Georgia flipped blue for President Joe Biden. Trump apparently pressured Kemp to work to overturn the will of Georgia’s voters, but the Republican governor declined to support the former president’s efforts.
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As Trump continued in his speech, he had this to say, “Stacey Abrams, who still has not conceded — and that’s okay. Stacy, would you like to take [his place]? It’s okay with me. She still has not conceded.”
It was noted in some media publications that this rally on Saturday came at a time when Trump is making his presence known in Georgia just ahead of the coming 2022 midterm elections.
Newsweek reached out to Kemp’s press secretary for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
The former president’s remarks came after he told John Fredericks Radio Show on Real America’s Voice that Kemp was a “disaster” in a Friday interview.
“Kemp is a disaster. He’s a disaster. He talks about elections…He did everything he could to make sure we lost the election. He was terrible,” Trump said.
It was during the 2018 race for governor in Georgia that the Democratic candidate, Stacey Abrams, went toe to toe against then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The race was certainly a focal point in the nation, and there was most likely over $100 million dollars spent in the campaign, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to one poll prior to the election, Kemp was edging out Abrams by just three percentage points. After the election, it was determined that Kemp won by just a 1.4% victory.
Ten days after the election, Abrams finally admitted defeat, but also lashed out at Kemp for alleged voter “suppression.” In her passionate monologue, she emphasized that it was “not a speech of concession.”
“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election — but to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling,” Abrams said. “So let’s be clear — this is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.”
Abrams lost by a little more than 50,000 votes.
After the election, Trump weighed in a gave some praise to Kemp, but he also spoke well of Abrams. He tweeted: “Congratulations to Brian Kemp on becoming the new Governor of Georgia. Stacey Abrams fought brilliantly and hard — she will have a terrific political future! Brian was unrelenting and will become a great Governor for the truly Wonderful People of Georgia!”