Palm Beach, Florida, which served as the primary residence of former President Trump, is within a flight time of fewer than 90 minutes away from Atlanta, Georgia.
However, President Trump decided not to make the short trip to the Peach State this coming weekend.
Ordinarily, Trump would have gone in order to campaign for his preferred candidate for the governorship of Georgia, former Senator David Perdue.
Pressure From Trump
Despite the fact it was Trump who encouraged Perdue to enter the race to prevent Brian Kemp from being re-elected as governor, President Trump is maintaining his distance from Perdue.
This comes in the last days leading up to Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday.
Kemp is the target of Trump’s ire because he did not do enough to examine the president’s charges of election fraud in Georgia.
Trump holds Kemp responsible for President Biden’s 2020 victory, the first victory by a Democratic contender in the state since 1992.
Notably, Trump has not campaigned on Perdue’s behalf. Instead, the ex-president is planning to travel for a rally on May 28 in Wyoming with House Republican nominee Harriet Hageman.
In the last week before the election, the Perdue campaign will not spend any money on ads.
Meanwhile, the Kemp campaign will spend around one million dollars. A survey done on Wednesday shows Perdue is currently polling at 28%, while Kemp is polling at 60%.
LMFAO, trump endorsed David Perdue in Georgia, and now he's down by a whopping 32 points!! 🤣🤣🤣
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 20, 2022
Trump Giving Up?
A report from NBC News said Trump has given up on the election for governor of Georgia. The report also claims the former president had withdrawn his support for Perdue.
On Friday, Trump disputed that he was withdrawing his support for Perdue.
No matter how much Perdue grovelled to him, it was never quite enough. But what matters most is loyalty, always loyalty:
Trump Ceases Support of David Perdue as Former Senator Gets Clobbered In Polls: Report https://t.co/XuVCuSZGX7
— Jeff Myers (@JeffMye13818468) May 20, 2022
In a statement, he commented, “The Kemp Campaign, working with Fake News NBC, has put out a bogus story that I have given up on David Perdue in Georgia.”
He was responding to a rumor that had been spread by “Fake News NBC.”
“That is totally false! I have no problem voting for David since Brian Kemp was the WORST governor in the country when it came to maintaining the integrity of the election process!”
The contest for governor of Georgia emphasizes President Trump’s efforts to change the internal direction of the Republican Party. This is particularly in regard to Trump’s assertions that he legitimately won the presidential election in 2020.
Even among factions of the Republican Party that share similar ideologies, there is a split, as evidenced by the fact that former Vice President Mike Pence backed Brian Kemp. Both Pence and Trump are currently considering running for president in 2024.
Herschel Walker, a former football star and one of Trump’s other major picks in Georgia, is anticipated to win the Republican nomination for the race to fight Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.