Gov. Brian Kemp is firing back at the mountains of misinformation about Georgia’s election system, some of which has been directed at his family.
“Quite honestly, it has gotten ridiculous,” he said. “From death threats to bribes from China, the social media posts that my children are getting. And look, we have the ‘no crying in politics’ rule in the Kemp house. But it is stuff, if I said that, I would be taken to the woodshed for and would never see the light of day.”
“I mean, this needs to stop. People need to deal with facts. And we’ll give them to them.”
“We need to have civil obedience in the state and in this country, in regards to our politics,” he said. “It is fine to fight, to disagree on policy … but we’re just not going to go down the road of enticing violence.”
Kemp has been one of the Republican officials personally targeted by President Donald Trump on Twitter in recent weeks. Trump has called Kemp a “clown” and a “fool,” and asked the governor to overturn the election, which he has no constitutional power to do.
“At the end of the day, I’ve got to follow the laws and the constitution of this state,” he said.
“No one worked harder for the president leading up to Nov. 3. I’ve respected and appreciated and tried to support him working through the legal process that any candidate can do in Georgia.”
During a Valdosta rally earlier this month, Trump went as far as suggesting Congressman Doug Collins run against Kemp in 2022.
Kemp has said he’s ready for any kind of political challenge.
“I’m ready for any kind of fight that anybody wants to have with: Republican primary, general election, whatever it is based on my record.”
“I’m also going to look Georgians straight in the eye and, say: Hey, look, this is what I told you I was gonna do when you elected me, and this is what I’ve been doing,” he said.
“And one of those things was placing my hand on the Bible and giving an oath before God and my fellow citizens and my family that I would follow the laws and the constitution of the state.”
In response to frustration from some pro-Trump constituents who believe Kemp hasn’t done enough to fight for the president, Kemp said: “I am. But I can only fight so much because I’ve got to follow the laws in the constitution.”
He pointed to his November call for the secretary of state to move forward with a statewide signature match audit. He has continued to remind Georgians that the governor isn’t able to intervene in state elections.
At a Cobb County Republican rally last week, Lydia Green Davidson said she plans to collect signatures to get Kemp impeached.
“I’m disgusted,” said the retired teacher and 2018 Kemp voter. “He won’t be reelected. He’ll be lucky if he stays in office because he’s going to be impeached.”
Kemp responded to his frustrated constituents.
“If they want to impeach me, they can figure out how to do that through the laws of the constitution. It wouldn’t be the first time …someone tried to impeach me when I was secretary of state because they didn’t like what I was doing. But I am following the laws and the constitution.”