Georgia 2018: GOP gov candidates rumble over Trump

President Donald Trump. AP/Evan Vucci

State Sen. Michael Williams was the first state elected official in Georgia to endorse Donald Trump. And as he gears up for a gubernatorial run, he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

The Cumming Republican sent a tweet on Friday that poked fun of GOP rival Hunter Hill, another state senator, for his pro-Trump message.

“You wouldn’t work to elect Trump but now you use his name for votes? Leave disingenuous politics to others” he tweeted.

In a follow-up, Williams said that it’s “wrong for a candidate to prey on loyal Trump supporters for their votes based on false pretenses.” And he said he’d make the same case against two other Republicans in the race: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Hill, a combat veteran who announced his campaign for governor in April, dismissed the attack.

“I didn’t know we had to ask for Senator Williams’ permission to support our president,” said Hill, who represents parts of Fulton and Cobb counties. “I guess Senator Williams thinks he is the only Georgian allowed to support President Trump. That seems out of touch and completely disingenuous to the millions of Georgians who voted for our president.”

The GOP infighting over Trump underscores how the president has already transformed the race for Georgia governor. Stay tuned: We’ll have a bigger story on the Trump effect that will publish Sunday.

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Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Like I would trust any thing printed here. This page was made to get hitlery in office. Never trust any thing you see here.

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

When you falsely accuse the President of crimes that he should be impeached for.....under Federal Law you are committing TREASON. You've lost ANY credibility you might have had.

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

He's got my vote and all the help I can give. Fascist liberals can stick their fascism in their hippie pipe and smoke it.

Lou Edna
Lou Edna

No such thing as fascist liberal. Maybe a neoliberalism

Joanne Ward Lutes
Joanne Ward Lutes

The GOP better not get too big for their britches, remember it wasn't them that got elected but a middle of the road candidate. If he gets tired of being jerked around by overly conservative opinion, he will really scare the Democrats.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

Don't paper over the fact that Trump made a fool of himself in Europe and he's a world laughingstock. When you elect an incompetent, unprepared TV celebrity to the most important job in the world, you have to expect the reaction.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Liberals better thank our God, not Allah, for the election of Donald J. Trump....he was divinely selected and placed into office so to put a tourniquet on the hemorrhaging of blood/treasure that the moo-slim in chief, B Hussein O, left this nation in! That activist should be put in GITMO, or Leavenworth!

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

I am appalled at the arrogance of one who claims to speak for God. You know less about God than an ant knows about nuclear physics.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Typical liberal, void of knowledge, logic or truth, so they default to the Alinsky playbook, personal attacks, tell lies long and often enough 'til they become the truth; truth only to the ill-informed, dems!

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Randy Cannady Here's what's not a lie...Trump was a draft dodger, faced federal fraud charges and settled by paying millions of dollars to those he defrauded, he cheated on his first wife with his second and his second with his third. He has admitted to being a sexual predator and once said sex with troubled young girls is the best sex. He routinely engages in name calling. He criticizes our allies but want criticize Putin. He won't release his taxes as other president's have done. He promised for 18 moths Mexico would pay for the wall, he said 3-5 million people voted illegal and he would prove it, he once said he had prove Obama was not born in America. So, we know he lies and he cheats, he calls others hateful names and he won't criticize Russia's leader. We also know our European allies were less than impressed with him at the G7 meeting, and that's an understatement. I can go on and on about this con artist but maybe you get my drift. I will say this, however, if you believe knowing all this he is going to make America great again, you're very, very gullible.

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

"We fear, alas. Henceforth to his majesty's serve, the crown is all but tainted, stained with doubt from thy people who once bellieved." - Shakespeare

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

He'll have mine, too. I was vehemently anti-Trump throughout the campaign for the nomination; he was my 13th choice out of 17. I just couldn't see how DJT could be President, and I admire all those who saw the potential, and who knew he MEANT he was going to make America great again! Thank you, State Senator Michael Williams, for having the foresight to see that PRESIDENT TRUMP would be the first REALLY strong President in decades,

Sherry Pope
Sherry Pope

He's got my vote and all the help I can give him. These politicians don't realize the damage they are doing to their careers by refusing to work with this President. To spite him, they're destroying this Country and turning their backs on the people that elected THEM as well. They don't have to like him or agree with everything he does but the sabatoge and show of disrespect is unacceptable. They discredit themselves...not him. Don't think voters won't remember that too.

Rebecca Childs Daubler
Rebecca Childs Daubler

Did you feel the same when it was President Obama in office? If you did I applaud your stance. If it's just because Trump is a republican, it's hypocritical at best.

Baily Beebout
Baily Beebout

This is what is wrong with Washington. Neither party cares about their constituents enough to work with the others. It was Republicans not working with Obama now Democrats not working with Trump. It's all ridiculous. For the sake of their constituents you should never say "no" as a politician, there should always be bipartisan compromise unless one party gets an overwhelming majority, which is unlikely in our current political climate.

Marcia Brownlee Cantor
Marcia Brownlee Cantor

That not a logical statement AT all. Obama never went through the amount of hate the Left created on campuses and in cities. They are also on tv creating hate in a VERY threatening way. As a woman I really feel this is women getting their claws out and whispering Into the men's ears in the house. (Yes, just like a wife to a husband).Never have I been so embarrassed by my own Government as I have here. I respected Obamas election and said he was our President, even though I did not believe in his move for globalism, his choice for health care and as a head of our nation....I didn't care for children having to see his drinking and smoking in public on national tv. Trump I feel will be one of our greatest Presidents, Ever. The Dems are being tuned out and not liked very well anymore.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

Marcia Brownlee Cantor Like the guy who stabbed two people to death because they tried to interfere when he was shouting insults at two Muslim women on the subway? Like the guy who was wearing a Trump hat and got tossed off the airplane for shouting insults? Like the people in Walmart who scream at people because they’re speaking Spanish? It’s Trump supporters who are in court for violence. Masses of people shouted racial slurs against Hispanics and our black President, they called for the lynching of Hillary Clinton, and they hurl anti-LGBTQ epithets. Here it is on video: http://politicaldig.com/shoot-the-btch-hang-the-ngger-unfiltered-rally-videos-show-trumps-america/

Marcia Brownlee Cantor
Marcia Brownlee Cantor

Carole Melvin, as usual, the majority of your news is again...Fake News. Or. You might want to take a look at what news channels are telling both sides of every story. If you watch any news channel, only holding one side of the story, then your just another brain washed liberal. I'd be proud to wear a Trump hat any time. It's amazing who is violent then\U0001f643.

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Christopher Lee Raley Oh, you're so clever. Yeah, let's get rid of all newspapers and media outlets that express ANY dissenting views. Better yet, why don't you just move to N. Korea. You are a perfect match to be a loyal and good citizen THERE.

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Christopher Lee Raley I've succeeded. You've failed. Welcome to 100 YEARS of Republican RULE.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Be afraid snowflake. Be very afraid. Maybe a coloring book to easy your inability to comprehend. Thank you President Trump!

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Be stupid, be very stupid. Send yourself and your children down the crapper, while the billionaires take your money and LAUGH at you, and your inability to comprehend, what THEIR agenda is.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Your welcome to pack your litter, and flee. In my country. We're making America Great Again! Tell me more about your success in being a cry baby libtard.

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Well, that's intelligent. What are you workin' with a team of monkeys on that? And damn it. You didn't even come up with it........\U0001f923

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Oh, this is tooooooo easy. Go pick a fight with someone you're equal. Might I suggest a trip to your backyard and start looking under rocks. Suggestion, leave your family members alone, and move on to another rock.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

The reality is that FoxNews ratings is at its lowest in 17 years. Breibart's traffic has dropped considerably. Why?

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

There is nothing wrong with supporting our President, while holding him accountable. Just as you support your child, while dealing out consequences for behavior.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Constance Rutledge My beliefs span both parties so I'm just stuck in the middle

David Holt
David Holt

Interesting that you'd make a connection between Trump and a child...

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Chris Fowler. What a totally ridiculous analogy !! \U0001f602. He's not a child for god's sake !! Our national security is at stake ! This is not a daycare center !! \U0001f644

Steven Richardson
Steven Richardson

Good point, Constance Rutledge. Our country should not have to serve as a day care for a president with the attention span of a 5 year old.

Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson

Um he has to have his Twitter taken away or have someone look it over before he can post. That sounds like a child to me.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Constance Rutledge I'm not calling him a child. It is only an example of where we may not approve of someone's action and we may punish, but we can still be supportive. You are assuming. The difference between a child and an adult is just a number. Many of the same things occur in the brain, regardless of age.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Chris Fowler the leader of the free world can not have a child like brain \U0001f644. The security of US allies can also be effected by his decisions.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Constance Rutledge He has and adult brain. His brain is 70 years old. We ALL have base behaviors, regardless of age. I am not so supportive that I will look the other way on criminal activity. Is that what you are suggesting I do?

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

Liberals don't hold their kids accountable. Hell, they don't hold THEMSELVES accountable! Hillary's still making excuses.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Susan Coppola Gill I can't answer for Liberals. I hold my kids accountable. We need to use the same method I use. "Give them what they asked for and wait. Allow them their freedom and wait." My daughters did not want to clean their room so my oldest talked the youngest into running away. I let them, but I followed them from 100'. After a while their minds kicked in and they turned back. That's how I roll. Many of these Trumpers are also leechers. I suggest the Dems shut their mouth on GOP policy for once and let people have what they asked for. Letting Trump get away with crimes just so I can run with my idea is not supported by my convictions.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Chris Fowler I identify more with PARTY as do any party's nominee. The GOP has not had the best interests of the poor & middle class in mind since Raegan started the failed trickle down economics. Raegan was probably one of the worst, if not the worst presidents in US history & all since him haven't been much better.

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

Susan...I am a Liberal and am nothing like that. Stop generalizing, please.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Chris Fowler how do you come up with these crazy analogies of yours ? \U0001f602. It's sad but entertaining at the same time \U0001f633

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Constance Rutledge Because I'm not asking for anything. Both Alt-Sides are asking for the same thing. Jobs and affordable healthcare. One sees health care as a mess created by ACA and the other as a mess created by no ACA. One side says there are not jobs while another says the jobs have all went to China, but both want jobs. My answer to both is to change yourself. When I walked off that stage at HS graduation I kept walking. I knew better than to expect the mills to be around forever. Hell, many knew that. Here we are listening to bitching and moaning of those that ignored it.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Barry Wilson I'm trying to create some sanity without agreeing I'd look the other way. I will not. I don't blindly follow anyone that says "I'll make everything better." I will measure. His followers will stop at "X company said they were investing $x dollars and will hire X." I will actually read the quarterly disclosures expecting to see proof. I bet most of these folks don't even know what I'm talking about.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Constance Rutledge The basketball team I was referring to was one of all Trumpers.. I'm grasping at straws trying to figure out what they truly expect to get out of this admin. I have voted both R & D over my life. My votes go to the one who is going to stay out of my way and be the least disruptive.