Officials in Georgia pushed back against President Trump on Sunday as he continued to reiterate unsubstantiated allegations questioning the integrity of the elections and calling for a special session of state lawmakers to reverse his loss.
Republican officials defended the election results, finding that the result had withstood multiple recounts, arguing that the president was sowing division within the party and suspicion of the electoral process.
“The mountains of misinformation don’t help the process. They just hurt, “said governor-to-governor Geoff Duncan, a Republican, on CNN’s State of the Union program on Sunday, adding,” I voted for President Trump. I advertised him. And unfortunately, he didn’t win the state of Georgia. “
The election dispute has sparked a rift among Republicans as the president scourged civil servants within his own party. G.O.P. Officials have raised concerns that the discord could have detrimental consequences as the state’s incumbent Republican senators have been forced to run contests against Democrats who will ultimately determine whether the party retains control of the Senate.
On Sunday, Senator Kelly Loeffler will talk about her Democratic challenger, Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Another debate is scheduled for Sunday so Senator David Perdue can face his challenger Jon Ossoff, an executive at a media production company, but Mr. Ossoff will likely appear alone as Mr Perdue has refused to take part in stabbing debates.
Mr Trump traveled to Georgia for a rally on Saturday to mobilize his supporters to support Mr Perdue and Ms. Loeffler in the January runoff election. But the president mostly used the stage to voice his complaints about the elections and to take action against Governor Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s foreign minister.
“You know we won Georgia just so you understand,” Trump said at his first rally as the lame duck president, adding, “You cheated and rigged our presidential election, but we’re going to win anyway.”
Mr Trump lost the state by just under 12,000 votes to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who won the White House with 306 votes and was the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 to win Georgia.
Even so, Mr Trump has consistently maintained that the outcome is not final. On Saturday, he urged Mr. Kemp to convene a special session of the legislature where lawmakers could appoint voters who would override the referendum and present Mr. Trump a victory for the state.
However, during his CNN appearance on Sunday, Mr Duncan said he believed Mr Kemp would not bow to the president’s request.
“Calling the General Assembly back at this point would be almost like a solution trying to find a problem,” said Duncan. “We certainly won’t move the goal posts at this point in the election.”