President Donald Trump expressed anger with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) at a rally on Monday ahead of crucial U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia. The president appears to be unhappy with Lee’s refusal to object to President-elect Joe Biden‘s Electoral College win.
Trump was speaking in Dalton, Georgia in support of Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler who face potentially difficult special elections on Tuesday, 5 January.
“The fact is we won the presidential election, we won it big. And we’re going to win tomorrow,” Trump told the crowd. “The Democrats are trying to steal the White House. You just cannot let them steal the Senate.”
Trump has refused to concede to Biden and is embroiled in further controversy following the release of a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on which the president said, “I just want to find 11,780 votes.”
That would be enough to flip Georgia to Trump, a state Biden won following hand and machine recounts.
“I’m going to be here in a year and a half and I’m going to be campaigning against your governors and your crazy secretaries,” Trump said on Monday.
Trump also took aim at Lee during his rally appearance, saying: “Mike Lee is here too, but I’m a little angry at him today.” Lee has refused to support a group of Republican lawmakers planning to object to certification of Biden’s win.
Lee has circulated a letter to his Republican colleagues explaining why he doesn’t support rejecting slates of electors that Biden won. Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have become major supporters of the idea.
“With respect to presidential elections, there is no authority for Congress to make value judgments in the abstract regarding any state’s election laws or the manner in which they have been implemented,” the letter says. It appears to have been originally issued by Republican Congressman Ken Buck and other GOP members of the House.
Lee was a major figure in leading Trump’s defense during his impeachment trial.
Trump also spoke about Vice President Mike Pence on Monday. Pence will preside over the final stages of the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday, when Congress certifies the Electoral College results.
“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us,” Trump said. “I have to tell you. I hope that our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”
Senator Mike Lee’s office has been contacted for comment on this article.
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