In his latest post-election tweet-storm, President Donald Trump lashed out at fellow republican and ally Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and appeared to accuse Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of conspiring with Stacey Abrams to cheat in favor of Joe Biden during the presidential election.
Below is the tweet from Trump:
The consent decree Trump appears to be referring to a decree signed earlier this year allowing voters who had mismatched signatures an opportunity to fix their absentee ballots before those ballots were thrown out. Prior to the decree, absentee ballots sent by, African American, Latino, and young voters were more likely to be thrown out due to signature issues.
There is no evidence that the consent decree is linked to any voter fraud in the state of Georgia and according to state election officials there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state.
Brian Kemp has actively endorsed and campaigned for Trump. Georgians may also remember that Kemp and Abrams are political rivals and faced each other in the governor’s race in 2018. Abrams accused Kemp of voter suppression while he was secretary of state. The two are not allies.
At the time of Trump’s tweet, Joe Biden was projected to be the winner in Georgia, leading Trump by about 14,000 votes. The state is conducting a hand recount of all presidential ballots, but election officials do not expect the recount to change the results.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is a republican.