President Donald Trump phoned Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Saturday and urged him to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to reporting by The Washington Post.
Sources who heard the president’s call told the Post that Trump asked Kemp to convene an emergency session of the Georgia State Legislature so it can name its own electors, who would in turn vote for him instead of President-Elect Joe Biden.
Trump lost to Biden in Georgia by just shy of 13,000 votes, a sum which has been confirmed through two hand recounts.
Trump also reportedly requested that Kemp order an audit of absentee ballot signatures. This is similar to what Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tried to do last month when he attempted to convince Kemp to find ways to throw out legally cast ballots in order to help the president.
Kemp, sources familiar with the conversation said, told Trump no.
Shortly before the call, Trump shared his wish on Twitter.
“I will easily & quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State permit a simple signature verification. Has not been done and will show large scale discrepancies,” Trump tweeted. “Why are these two “Republicans” saying no? If we win Georgia, everything else falls in place!”
Even if Trump had won Georgia and its 16 Electoral College votes, he would still lose the election. Biden defeated him in the Electoral College 306-232. Trump has refused to concede.
This is a developing story.
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