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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