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Trump calls Georgia Senate runoffs 'both illegal and invalid' in New Year's tweets

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE on Friday evening tweeted that next week's Georgia Senate runoff elections are “both illegal and invalid,” even as he has been seeking to convince voters to throw their support behind the GOP senators seeking reelection.

Trump began his series of tweets by reiterating his unsubstantiated claims of “massive corruption which took place in the 2020 Election, which gives us far more votes than is necessary to win all of the Swing States.” 

The president specifically noted a Georgia consent decree that he claimed was “unconstitutional,” which he then claimed made the two Senate races as well as his own loss in the Peach State to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family MORE invalid. 

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The consent decree refers to a March agreement reached by state Democratic and Republican officials that gave voters an opportunity to fix ballots that contained an alleged mismatch between their signature as it appears on their ballot and the signature election officials have on file.

Trump and his allies have argued in multiple failed lawsuits that the consent decree was illegal because the decision did not involve state legislatures. However, as The New York Times reported, several groups have pointed out that Supreme Court rulings allow legislatures to delegate their authority to other state officials.

Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Dalton, Ga., on Monday, one day before the Senate runoff elections, to encourage his supporters to turn out for GOP Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE and David PerdueDavid PerdueSuburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE, who are facing off against Democratic challengers the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Ossoff sworn in on Hebrew Bible from synagogue bombed by white supremacists in the 1950s Dershowitz: Senate should dismiss impeachment article since Trump is private citizen MORE and Jon OssoffJon OssoffOssoff sworn in on Hebrew Bible from synagogue bombed by white supremacists in the 1950s Dershowitz: Senate should dismiss impeachment article since Trump is private citizen The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' MORE, respectively. 

Even while campaigning for the GOP candidates, whose elections will determine which party controls the Senate, the president has continued to advance his unfounded allegations of voting irregularities and fraud in November, despite the Electoral College confirming Biden’s win last month. 

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Trump has taken aim at top election officials in Georgia and on Wednesday called for Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE’s (R) resignation, tweeting that the governor is an “obstructionist” and attacking him for refusing to acknowledge that he won the presidential race in Georgia, despite Biden’s roughly 12,000-vote lead in the state.

Kemp dismissed Trump’s remarks, telling reporters that his top priorities were responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and reelecting Perdue and Loeffler. 

“All these other things — there is a constitutional and legal process that is playing out, and I am very comfortable letting that process play out. But that horse has left the barn in Georgia and it’s headed to D.C. right now,” Kemp said of the presidential election. 

“The next vote is going to be there, not here,” he continued. “So people need to be focused on the vote that is happening here, and that is right now in early voting and it will be on Tuesday.”