President Trump Visits Valdosta, Georgia For First Post-Election Rally

His re-election campaign may be over, but President Trump still can’t resist a rally.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump head to Valdosta, GA, Saturday to stump with Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are fighting to hold on to their seats in a double-barrel runoff Jan. 5 that will decide which party controls the US Senate. Both candidates are expected to appear on stage with the president at the 7 p.m. rally.

“Donald Trump understands the stakes of the game,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell told The Post. “He knows that holding the Senate is the only way to maintain his legacy and his agenda.”

If the incumbents lose to Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the Republicans will lose their slim majority and the chamber will be evenly split, 50-50, between Democrats and Republicans.

That would hand de facto control to the Democrats, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having the deciding vote in deadlocks as President of the Senate.

“Donald Trump understands that this election in Georgia is even bigger than Donald Trump,” said O’Connell, who anticipates a “fiery, entertaining” performance from the president — with Air Force One as the dramatic backdrop to the stage at Valdosta Regional Airport.

“If Republicans cannot prevail in Georgia, they could be wandering in the political wilderness for years,” O’Connell said. “So he has to convince the voters that if Republicans hold the Senate, the Make America Great Again agenda lives on.”

Read more from Jon Levine and Mary Kay Linge at the New York Post

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published this page in In The News 2020-12-05 15:31:33 -0500
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