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Brian Kemp Reflects on How Trump’s Impossible Demands Divided Georgia Republicans

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at runoff election-night event in Atlanta, Ga., January 5, 2021. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Georgia governor Brian Kemp knows a segment of his state’s Republican Party isn’t happy with him.

He heard the crowd roar at an early January rally when then-President Donald Trump vowed he’d be back “in a year and a half campaigning against your governor, I guarantee you that.”

He’s aware that in late December, Trump called on him to resign because Kemp refused to perpetuate the falsehood that Trump had “won Georgia, BIG!”

Heading into January’s Georgia Senate runoff elections, when Republicans desperately needed to be united, Trump was chiseling away at a rift in his own party, dividing Georgia’s conservative base over

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Ryan Mills is a media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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