Brian Kemp: Quit the ‘insults and threats’ at Georgia’s GOP electors

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Russell Lewis, chief investigator with the Secretary of State's Office. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Russell Lewis, chief investigator with the Secretary of State’s Office. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Secretary of State Brian Kemp urged Donald Trump’s critics to quit hurling “insults and threats” at the 16 Georgia Republican electors who are set to cast their ballot for him on Dec. 19.

The Georgia Republican electors are all but guaranteed to vote for Trump – and each reached by the AJC said they would support him – but Trump’s opponents have flooded their phones, mailboxes and email inboxes with messages urging them to defy the president-elect. Some said they were getting emails at a rate of five a minute.

“Our office has received numerous reports of individuals hurling insults and threats at Georgia’s electors because they are unsettled with America’s choice for President of the United States,” said Kemp, a Republican likely to run for higher office. “This is absolutely unacceptable and those participating in or encouraging these efforts should stop.”

Georgia is one of about 20 states that doesn’t bind electors to the winner of the state’s vote, but there have been relatively few cases where that’s happened. Still, Hillary Clinton supporters and other frustrated Trump critics say they have little other choice but to appeal to electors.

Read more: Georgia GOP electors say they won’t be swayed from voting for Trump

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North Carolina vote could affect ‘religious liberty’ debate in Georgia

Trump victory scrambles the field for 2018 Georgia governor’s race

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Dannydaledaniel Nasworthy
Dannydaledaniel Nasworthy

Some good advice for them is to stand with me on fixing our cyber issues that dont only protect us ..it protects them as well ! The threats I send are threats that are received... that is facts on the now ..issues ! We have a job to do and so do they ! Money cannot buy or fix our national security issues ...only those involved can ! Real actions speak for them selves in all Our US Chain of Command Centers Around The World ! From Me : DDDN1/ TNT / P3 DANIEL / LITTLE SPIRIT EAGLE

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Agree with Brian Trump won get over it and say a prayer of thanks

Johns Creek Native
Johns Creek Native

But you can hardly call him "America's choice" as he lost the popular vote by more than 2 million. Turns out that Trump was right: the election was fixed. In his favor.

Stephen Alexander
Stephen Alexander

There are more Georgians for Trump than against him. The GOP electors should go forward and vote without worry.

Ryan L Griffis
Ryan L Griffis

SMH: Protesting perceived fascism with actual fascism.

Johns Creek Native
Johns Creek Native

I'm fairly confident that you can not define "fascism." I'm guessing you throw around words like "socialist" and "communist" without a clue, as well. Google might be your friend.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

Politicians are overpaid employees for the so called "Elite"......

Howard Wajchman
Howard Wajchman

And 3 million illegals voted not to mention dead and bussed around to vote many times...all democrat tactics!!

Howard Wajchman
Howard Wajchman

You all want a recount? Gladly but want all votes checked for legal status, criminal status (in states that don't allow felons to vote), dead voters and votes that appear in multiple districts (the old democrat saying "vote early vote often"...Podesta and others said that it was "ok" for non citizens to vote as long as had drivers license...17 states have motor voter ...why are Dems against purging voting roles of dead people??? Why is is you need ID for everything but to vote somehow it's voter suppression? You guys are unreal and huge hypocrites!!!

Johns Creek Native
Johns Creek Native

You need to read more credible sources. Nothing you just wrote is actually true.

Stuart Wells
Stuart Wells

The election is over , Trump won , deal with it

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Sure will deal with just like conservatives did for Obamas 8 years

Johns Creek Native
Johns Creek Native

Will deal with it. But will remember that he lost the popular voted by >2 million. Will he remember that more Americans voted against him than for him?

Joe Felix
Joe Felix

WTF, my how we soon forget. First of all Mrs Clinton has 1.7 million votes than Trump. If the way the GOP and it's surrogates treated our going, two term president is any indication that it over, you have another though coming from 1.7 million voters!

Cassia Neill
Cassia Neill

Stop ready this news paper its fake news. Sucks Like CNN. #boycott

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

And fox and MSNBC and other corporate news outlets

Johns Creek Native
Johns Creek Native

By avoiding any reputable news source you are trapped in an echo chamber that is designed to make you fearful. Don't boycott real news. Stop being the pawn of fear merchants like Breitbart

Kim Rippere
Kim Rippere

Women having been getting threats for years/centuries...no one seems to care about those....hmmmm.

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Nope it's okay for them to threaten and insult anyone they want as long as they aren't white conservative straight Christian men

Daniel Airek
Daniel Airek

Wait, didn't Rethuglicans do similar things during the campaign?

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

All those who are threatening them should be charged and prosecuted.

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Wow all from people saying liberals are crybabies, whiners, and sore losers? Poor GOP needs their safe space to keep from being called dirty names. As you love to say to the people you oppress, "Suck it up and move on."

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

Joey Henry, it isn't the name calling that bothers me, it is the threats of harm to them and family members that bother me. And I know that not all liberals are like this, but sometimes it just seems to be so many who are. But I see it on the right side too. The people who lean too far right, and too far left seem so intense. I like it best in the middle (libertarian) \U0001f600. And I have been told by several democrats that they were the tolerant ones...there seems to be enough intolerance and hate to go around on both sides...sigh

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Jeannie Casey I don't tolerate threats of violence and harm. I'm just saying they can suck it up and move on when it comes to name calling and insults since I've lived with as well as others all my life ESPECIALLY when conservatives are the ones who've primarily been the originators of those insults. Where do you guys get this "tolerant" left stuff I don't understand that at all

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

The libs have threatened to harm them and their families. What is it with you guys on the 'tolerant' left anyway?

Angela Drossopoulos
Angela Drossopoulos

Yeah, we don't understand it either... but that's what ya'll have always called yourselves even though there has never been tolerant liberals

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Angela Drossopoulos I've never heard any liberal say to tolerate hateful beliefs and actions. Not one time. The only people I ever hear say that liberals claim to be all tolerant are conservatives.

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Angela Drossopoulos idk might be the alt left looney liberals but most liberals I know aren't that

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

"It seems so many are." I know exactly how that feels. Guess how many death threats I've gotten as a bisexual liberal from conservatives. Some even from this page. I agree 100% that death threats and harming people are not right at all. I prefer to be in the middle as well or at least not too far to the left or right. The fact is the majority of protests from conservatives and liberals are peaceful demonstrations. The media only focuses on the violence and threats because that's what gives them ratings.

Angela Drossopoulos
Angela Drossopoulos

Joey Henry then you are the second liberal that I can say I have found common ground with. I did have to go reread my post, cause now I normally say liberal loonies trying to separate the two and I still get attacked. I really do appreciate that you can see the difference too. Have a great night!

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Angela Drossopoulos have a great night too. As you can see we can stop the division and work together. We are not the real enemies. The real enemies are the democrats and republicans and those that find and buy them. The government doesn't work for the people anymore. It only works for the lobbyists and the companies that buy our officials and manipulate us.

Johns Creek Native
Johns Creek Native

Nothing is more ironic than a Republican who does not want to be criticized for their actions claiming "tolerance." Tolerance means not oppressing people for who they ARE: Muslim, minorities, immigrants, women, LGBT. It does not mean that you can not criticize people for what they do, like voting for a dangerous, emotionally unbalanced three year old as President of the United States.

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

People in this country are guaranteed free speech by the constitution. I am sure Ga will vote for Trump. I am equally sure those people who find him disgusting have a right to say so. After all she did get two million votes more than trump. Maybe that is what kemp should focus on.

Brent Hilburn
Brent Hilburn

There are NO VOTERS turned away in GA... NONE... That is an outright LIE... If you show up to vote then you get to vote... PERIOD...

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

Dwight Riddle I am very focused and some of those votes were indeed from Ga. Trump lost Cobb county and that was a big loss as they are usually republican. Get your story straight.

Dwight Riddle
Dwight Riddle

Those two million votes weren't in GA. Try to stay focused.

Carole West Lonergan
Carole West Lonergan

No the 6 million illegal votes she got is what needs to be investigated.

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

There is a difference in stating your grievance and threatening someone! And the GA electors have stated that they are going to be ethical and honor the voters of Ga.

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

Carole West Lonergan she did not get 6 million illegal votes. Bit what is being investigated iss the elligible voters that were turned away from the voting booth. The other thing that needs to be investigated is Comey and the FBI. The FBI did in fact steal the election.

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

Brent Hilburn read today's paper. This is being investigated and Ga isn't the only state that exist or matters in a presidential election. Broaden your horizons PERIOD.....

Nick Crews
Nick Crews

Brenda Bender, Trump won. He'll serve for at least four years. Stop the whining and assuming. Nothing you said is founded. Nothing.

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

Nick Crews everything I said is founded. Crawl back under your rock. He will be president but he did not win. Fortunately so far he is not doing anything he said he would and I find that laughable.

Brent Hilburn
Brent Hilburn

Call me when ONE person who wasn't allowed to vote is found... ONE... Because there will be a civil rights lawsuit that will make National Headlines... The fact something is "claimed" and "being investigated" is the Media's way of stirring up strife... And it will quietly go away when NOTHING is found,,, Broaden your horizons outside the AJC...

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

Brent Hilburn do your own research. I don't plan to do it for you. And I did not read in tha AJC.