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Trump urges ‘the hapless Governor of Georgia…to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State’

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In a tweet Monday, President Donald Trump asked Governor Brian Kemp to override Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on matching signatures during the state’s recount.

“Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes. It will be a “goldmine” of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state….”

He added, “You may find that there are so many more ballots than there are envelopes.”

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Trump said Sunday he was “ashamed” for endorsing the Republican Georgia Governor after he lost in the state to Democrat Joe Biden.

“The Governor’s done nothing,” Trump said Sunday on Fox News. “He’s done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him.”

Kemp released a statement Monday morning responding to Trump’s comments.

“Georgia law prohibits the Governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order. As the Governor has said repeatedly, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps – including a sample audit of signatures – to restore trust and address serious issues that have been raised.”

Raffensperger has said that matching the signature on the outer envelope to the absentee ballot on the inside is impossible because the ballots are separated from the envelopes when they are opened to protect voter privacy.

The Trump campaign, which asked for a recount Nov. 22, said that “without signature-matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted.”

The election recount was delayed in Fulton County, Ga where a Dominion Voting Systems mobile server crashed. Election officials said the recount there would resume Monday.

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Psaki Says Biden Stands by Voting Rights Speech Comparing GOP to Segregationists

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President Joe Biden stands by his outrageous comment last week comparing Republicans to racists and segregationists. Well, that is, specifically those who are opponents of Democrats’ ridiculous voting bills.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday called Biden’s speech that he delivered in Atlanta a “powerful speech” about Americans’ right to vote “for anyone they choose, whether it is him or someone else.” She also claimed it “was not a partisan speech.”

Psaki added “it was intended to lay out for the public exactly what’s at stake and lay out for elected officials what’s at stake and he stands by everything he said in that speech.”

Heated debate over voting rights is plaguing Atlanta politics. National Review reports:

Biden was attempting to gin up support for the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The former would federalize some facets of elections, including setting a 15-day minimum early-voting period and setting national standards for voter-ID laws to include a range of documentation. The latter would restore portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that allowed the Justice Department to review election-rule changes in districts with a history of discrimination.

During his speech, Biden said: ‘So I ask every elected official in America, how do you want to be remembered? Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”

Even Democratic senator Dick Durbin of Illinois admitted Biden might have gone “a little too far in his rhetoric.” Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the speech “profoundly, profoundly unpresidential.”

“Look, I’ve known, liked and personally respected Joe Biden for many years. I did not recognize the man at the podium yesterday” said McConnell.

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