Palin campaigns in Georgia for Loeffler, Perdue

Former Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday campaigned for Georgia GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of their runoff elections next month, telling supporters to “crush” the vote. 

“Georgia, we need you to not just show up Jan. 5, not just to win, but to crush it,” Palin told a crowd of supporters in Marietta.

“We need you to crush it and to send that message, the loudest message that we can,” she continued. “That no, we will not implement at all socialism in America. We will not watch that erosion of our inalienable rights.” 

Palin’s appearance marked the first event of the “Save America Tour” organized by conservative group Club for Growth to rally support for the GOP senators in their early January contests against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. 

The runoff elections will determine which party controls the Senate. While Republicans currently have a 50-48 majority going into the next term, a Democratic win for both seats would bring a majority, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting a tiebreaking vote. 

“The eyes of America, the eyes of the world, are on Georgia,” Palin said Friday. 

The event also featured Republican Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio). The tour is expected to make 35 stops in 22 Georgia counties over the next 10 days. 

The event in Marietta was the first of two on Friday, with appearances by Palin, Daines and Jordan also scheduled for Saturday. According to the group’s website, the tour will include several other top Republican figures, including Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.)

Greene, who has been tied to support for election conspiracy theories and those advanced by QAnon, spoke before Palin at Friday’s event, telling the crowd, “We all know for a fact that Joe Biden did not win Georgia. We know that Georgia re-elected Donald J. Trump.”

President Trump and his allies have sought to challenge the election results in Georgia, which Gov. Brian Kemp (R) recertified for President-elect Joe Biden this week following a Trump-requested recount. 

Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election results in Georgia and other battleground states that he lost to Biden were marred by widespread voter fraud and systemic irregularities, which several courts have since disputed. 

The president has also sought to pressure Kemp to call a special session of the Georgia state legislature to overturn Biden’s win.

Tags Brian Kemp David Perdue Donald Trump Georgia Georgia Senate runoff Jim Jordan Joe Biden Kelly Loeffler Marjorie Taylor Greene Mike Lee Sarah Palin Sarah Palin Steve Daines voter fraud claims
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