Former President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Georgia on Saturday night, testing his grip on the Republican Party as he shares the stage with three candidates he has backed.
Mr. Trump will appear with candidate for the United States Senate and former football player Herschel Walker, in addition to the candidates running for the post of lieutenant governor and secretary of state.
The rally is expected to be a confrontation of the Republican Party’s stance, as Mr. Trump seeks to pit his candidates against GOP incumbents who have rejected his unproven claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
“We haven’t seen any presidents in recent years trying to sow discord within their own party, which happens in a primary election. He is involved in partisan politics within the party, ”Casey Dominguez, professor of political science at the University of San Diego, told The Associated Press.
In addition to Mr. Walker, United States Representative Jody Hice, who is running against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and State Senator Burt Jones, candidate for lieutenant governor, s ‘will also be voicing in Perry, Georgia, which is about two hours west of Savannah.
Mr Trump’s feud with Mr Raffensperger and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who has discredited the former president’s allegations of electoral fraud in the state, will likely be exposed.
In a recently published book, Mr. Duncan lambasted Mr. Trump’s claims, although he intentionally omitted his name.
“I won’t worship it,” Mr. Duncan wrote. “I will not apologize for his apologies. I won’t believe his lies. I will not imitate his tone. I will not falsely flatter voters that he is misinformed. And I will certainly not fool my constituents because he wants to.
Mr Trump has continued to tout claims that the 2020 election was stolen and to claim that he is the real winner if it had not been for widespread voter fraud.
Mr Walker, Mr Hice and Mr Jones backed the president’s claims that there was fraud in Georgia and other states that ultimately went to President Biden.
The rally will begin at 7 p.m. EDT.