Trump tells Ge­or­gia to ‘move on’ af­ter elec­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL/NATION - By Maya T. Prabhu

AT­LANTA — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump weighed in on the on­go­ing saga of Ge­or­gia’s gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion on Fri­day, say­ing the state should “move on” and sar­cas­ti­cally im­plied Rus­sia should be blamed for bal­lots still be­ing counted.

Repub­li­can Brian Kemp, who hosted Trump for a cam­paign rally in the fi­nal days of the cam­paign, on Wed­nes­day de­clared vic­tory over Demo­crat Stacey Abrams.

Abrams has yet to con­cede, and her cam­paign, with the Ge­or­gia Demo­cratic Party, filed a law­suit against Dougherty County al­leg­ing that vot­ers were de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to cast bal­lots by mail dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion.

“@Bri­anKem­pGA ran a great race in Ge­or­gia — he won. It is time to move on!” Trump tweeted on Fri­day.

“You mean they are just now find­ing votes in Florida and Ge­or­gia — but the Elec­tion was on Tues­day? Let’s blame the Rus­sians and de­mand an im­me­di­ate apol­ogy from Pres­i­dent Putin!” he fol­lowed up.

Votes in Florida also are still be­ing counted, where the races for the U.S. Se­nate and the gover­nor’s man­sion are close.

Kemp, who served as Ge­or­gia’s sec­re­tary of state un­til re­sign­ing Thurs­day, told re­porters that there are roughly 25,000 out­stand­ing pro­vi­sional and ab­sen­tee bal­lots. The Sec­re­tary of State’s Of­fice is tasked with over­see­ing elec­tions. Kemp re­sponded to Trump’s com­ment on Twit­ter, say­ing it’s time to tran­si­tion.

“Pres­i­dent @re­alDon­aldTrump is right. The race is over and it’s time to tran­si­tion. Enough with the po­lit­i­cal games. Let’s put hard­work­ing Ge­or­gians first!” Kemp wrote on Twit­ter.

Shortly af­ter Trump’s com­ments, Abrams said on Twit­ter that the fight is not about her.

“This fight is about mak­ing sure our democ­racy works for & rep­re­sents ev­ery­one who has ever put their faith in it. It’s about fight­ing for every Geor­gian who cast a bal­lot with the prom­ise that their vote would count,” Abrams said.

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