JF in the News: Trump Suddenly Hedges On Georgia Governor

Former President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) will have a difficult time defeating incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), as his endorsed candidate struggles to make headway on Kemp’s lead in the polls despite the ex-president launching repeated attacks on the governor, who he blames for not supporting his relentless false election claims.

Trump said on the conservative radio program The John Fredericks Show Tuesday morning that Kemp has proven to be “very hard to beat,” which he called “a shame.”

The comments came less than two weeks after Trump held a rally for Perdue, where he first showed signs of hedging on the candidate, saying: “I hope, David, you’re going to be the governor, or I just wasted a hell of a lot of time tonight.”

Trump essentially used Kemp as a verbal punching bag after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, repeatedly attacking the governor for not overturning Biden’s legitimate victory in Georgia.

Unseating Kemp in the midterms appeared to be a top priority for Trump, who worked to clear the Republican field of anti-Kemp candidates who might have pulled votes from Perdue, like former state Rep. Vernon Jones (R).

Read the full report from Forbes.