(Headline USA) President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states corrupted Georgia‘s election, and he said he’ll go to Georgia to rally supporters ahead of two Senate runoff elections.
“This has a long way to go,” Trump said on Thanksgiving evening. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.”
Trump spoke to reporters at the White House after speaking with U.S. military leaders overseas.
After his conversation, Trump took questions for the first time since Election Day and denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key swing states, as “enemies of the state” and claimed they were culprits in vote fraud.
Eyewitness testimony and sworn affidavits have repeatedly alleged that mass fraud exists.
Trump’s campaign has begun to succeed in critical lawsuits, including most recently in Pennsylvania, where a judge agreed to block the vote’s certification until an evidentiary hearing could be held on Friday.
Trump said he would hold a rally with thousands of supporters in Georgia to support a pair of Republican candidates — Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler — whose runoff elections on Jan. 5 will determine which party controls the Senate.
Trump initially said the rally would be Saturday. The White House later clarified he meant Dec. 5.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.