Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president was scheduled for a rally in Dalton, Georgia tonight in support of Republican Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
At a rally Monday night in Dalton, Georgia, President Trump told supporters “they’re not taking this White House, we’re going to fight like hell.” The president said “I don’t concede,” and then repeated his false claims that he “won in a landslide” in the November election, which he said claimed was “rigged.”
The president was technically in Georgia to campaign for the state’s two Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are running for re-election in Tuesday’s special election that will decide which party takes control of the Senate. But while he made passing mentions of the candidates, he seemed more focused on his own grievances, including vowing to return to Georgia to campaign against the state’s Republican governor, who the president has targeted, and to outline the many ways he believes—without evidence—that his re-election was being “stolen.”
The president hinted that Vice President Mike Pence would intervene when Congress meets Wednesday to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. “I hope Mike Pence comes through for us. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much,” the president said.
The rally comes after a full day of damaging media coverage of a phone call the president made to Georgia elections officials, pressuring them to “find” the votes necessary to close the gap with President-elect Joe Biden, whose victory was certified by the state.
“The data he has is just plain wrong,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger early Monday in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. In the interview, Raffensperger said the president “had hundreds and hundreds of people he said that were dead that voted. We found two, that’s an example of just — he has bad data,” he said.“Truth matters.”