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Trump to ‘Georgia patriots’: ‘If you don’t vote, the socialists and the communists win’

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The memo:

  • President Donald Trump is rallying 'Georgia patriots' to vote in the state's Senate runoffs.
  • Trump is fully supportive of Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
  • 'Everything that we’ve achieved together is on the line on January 5,' the president said.

The biggest takeaway from President Donald J. Trump’s Saturday rally in Valdosta was his urgent call-to-action for all “Georgia patriots” to vote for U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the Peach State’s ongoing runoff contests.

While most of the headlines from national media outlets following the rally pertained to Trump’s thoughts on the presidential election, the most impactful remarks by the president were about the importance of Georgia’s January 5 election.

“We’re gathered here tonight to ensure — a very important word, ‘ensure,’ because these are two great, great people, that I know so well, and respected by everybody in Washington and beyond — that David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler win the most important congressional runoff probably in American history. I really believe that,” Trump said.

“This is something that’s very important, and you have to get out, you have to vote, you have to make sure you have every vote counted. Everyone has to count,” he added.

Trump warned of the damage that Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff could cause in Washington, D.C., in addition to Democrats controlling Congress should they win the two Georgia races.

“If you don’t get out and vote, they’re going to win,” Trump warned.

The president then directly rejected calls by the likes of Lin Wood that Republicans stay home on January 5.

“Now, you know, a lot of people, friends of mine, say ‘let’s not vote.’ … But if you do that, the radical left wins,” Trump commented. “If you don’t vote, the socialists and the communists win. They win. Georgia patriots must show up and vote for these two incredible people. And I’m telling you, they are two of the finest people you’ll ever meet. We can fight for the presidency and fight to elect your two great senators, and we can do it at the same time. We’ll do it at the same time. It is all right. The election is about David Perdue, one of the greats; Kelly Loeffler, a person who is just unbelievable.”

Trump outlined the various ways that Georgians can vote in the runoff election.

“Everything that we’ve achieved together is on the line on January 5,” Trump said. “You must vote for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Go out and vote. With your help, we are going to continue our mission to save America.”

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com