Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan on Tuesday joined a growing list of GOP officials in the state who are publicly rejecting President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud, calling it “undemocratic” and “alarming”, and saying the misinformation spread by the President and his allies could jeopardize the party in upcoming Senate runoff elections.
Duncan’s comments came during an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” on Tuesday. He also indicated he will not join Trump and Vice President Mike Pence when they visit Georgia this weekend to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue, telling Camerota, “I’ve got a full day on Saturday.” He added that he was not sure if Kemp would attend.
Asked about the baseless conspiracy theories spread by Trump that election officials in Georgia were “making deals,” Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan flatly replied, “certainly not.”
“What is alarming is the amount of misinformation that continues to flow. It’s alarming to me,” Duncan continued. “It’s certainly disheartening to watch folks willing to kind of put their character and their morals out there just so they can spread a half truth or a lie in the efforts to maybe to flip an election. … That’s not what democracy is all about.”
Most Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have remained silent about Trump’s voter fraud claims, although an increasing number have spoken out in recent days as states begin certifying election results. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, strongly defended the state’s election process on Monday after Trump criticized him for certifying President-elect Joe Biden as the winner.
.@AlisynCamerota: "Will you or the governor be there when the president comes down to help campaign?"
Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan: "I've got a full day on Saturday…"
AC: "Do you know if the governor will be there?"
Duncan: "I'm not certain of [Gov Kemp's] travel schedule." pic.twitter.com/0avw7r0Ul7
— The Recount (@therecount) December 1, 2020