Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was pressured by a Fox News anchor on Sunday to appear at a possible rally with Donald Trump in the near future.
Kemp, a Republican, has been at odds with the former president since late 2020 when he opted to confirm Georgia’s election results after the state went to President Joe Biden, despite Trump’s repeated false claims that the election was stolen due to proliferation been voter fraud. Trump later endorsed former Sen. David Perdue as a GOP challenger against Kemp in the November midterm election, but was defeated by a crucial margin.
Appears on Fox News SundayKemp was asked by host Shannon Bream for reports of the Constitution of the Atlanta Journal That said Trump could try to hold a rally in the state later this month and ask the governor if he would appear at such an event despite his “frenemy thing” with the ex-president.
“I’m not too worried about what the Constitution of the Atlanta Journal is speculated. They weren’t friends of mine,” Kemp said, brushing the question aside. “I focus on speaking [to] hardworking Georgians to make sure they know I will continue to fight for them every day.”
Among the Georgia races in the upcoming midterm election, Trump has notably backed former NFL player Herschel Walker for the US Senate. Walker is up against Raphael Warnock, whose victory in a January 2021 runoff helped Democrats turn the Senate around. Despite Trump’s support, Warnock has always voted ahead of Walker. According to FiveThirtyEight, as of September 28, Warnock is at 47.3 percent while Walker is at 45.2 percent.
Trump has yet to support Kemp in the general election for governor. Kemp is up against challenger Stacey Abrams, the notable Democrat and lauded voting rights organizer whom he previously defeated in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Kemp may not need the former president’s endorsement, as polls cited by FiveThirtyEight have consistently put him ahead of Abrams at 50.8 percent, compared to their 44.6 percent on Sept. 28.
The former president has recently held numerous rallies in battleground states in support of his-backed candidates. He appeared in Warren, Michigan on Saturday night to endorse various GOP candidates in the state, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon.
According to reports from the event, Trump appeared to spend comparatively little of his hour-long speech discussing his backed candidates and more time repeating ongoing grievances. These included rants against the FBI over the recent raid of Mar-a-Lago and the House Inquiry Committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot. Journalist Paul Egan from the Detroit FreePress also noted in a series of tweets that rally-goers appeared to be steadily exiting the event while Trump spoke.
news week reached out to Kemp’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/fox-news-host-confronts-brian-kemp-whether-hed-join-trump-rally-1748237 Fox News host confronts Brian Kemp over whether he would attend Trump rally