Kamala Harris, the Vice President-elect, called Donald Trump a “voice of despair”. She used a rally on Sunday for two Georgia Democrats to shift the balance of power in the US Senate and sharply criticize the President’s attempts to reject the election results in the state.
Harris took the stage in Savannah just hours after it was announced that Trump spent an hour on Saturday getting Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” and declare him the winner at Peach State.
“Have you all heard of this taped conversation?” Harris asked her audience. “It was definitely the voice of despair, most definitely that. And it was a bald, bald, bold abuse of power by the President of the United States. “
In the campaign for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who both spoke before Harris picked up the microphone, the vice-president-elect urged voters in southeast Georgia to stand for Tuesday’s runoff election. In close races against Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, if both Democrats won on Tuesday, Harris would be able to cast the decisive vote in an evenly divided Senate.
The Bomb shot von Trump’s call to Raffensperger has the potential to weigh on Tuesday’s results, and Harris has ensured that Trump and others have been criticized for pointing out that Georgia’s election was somehow tainted.
“You have the gall to assume you didn’t know what you were doing,” Harris told the crowd, “that you must have been walking around [delivering Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden] in a way that was illegitimate. And they filed six lawsuits … and they failed each time. “
Biden won Georgia by 12,000 votes, and three separate recounts overseen by the Republican leadership have confirmed that victory.
Born in Savannah, Warnock spoke about his history and familiarity with the region. Ossoff largely stuck to his blunt speech and frequently used criticism of Perdue and Loeffler, but he also took time to address Trump’s call.
“When the President of the United States calls Georgian officials and tries to intimidate them to change the results of an election,” he said, “it is a direct attack on our democracy. And if Loeffler and Perdue had a piece of steel behind them, a piece of integrity if they were out here to protect Georgia voters from such attacks. “
FiveThirtyEight polling averages show that Ossoff is 1.8 percentage points ahead and Warnock is 2.2 percentage points ahead.
Harris is the first of an elite of politicians scheduled to come to Georgia in the final days of the campaign. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to speak in central Georgia on Monday lunchtime, followed by Trump in northwest Georgia on Monday evening. Biden will be campaigning in Atlanta on Monday afternoon.
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