Loeffler: Trump Has Every Right to Legal Recourse

December 7, 2020 Updated: December 7, 2020

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) on Sunday asserted that President Donald Trump “has every right to every legal recourse” during a debate with her Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock.

“It’s vitally important that Georgians trust our elections process and the president has every right to every legal recourse and that’s what’s taking place,” she said, as claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election dominated the debate between the pair.

Should Democrats take the seats in the Jan. 5 runoff elections, they would have a 50-50 tie in the Senate, which would then make the tiebreaker either Vice President Mike Pence or vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) following the result of the general election.

Loeffler faces Warnock in the first race, while incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) faces Democrat rival Jon Ossoff in the second.

Warnock, meanwhile, accused Loeffler of “casting doubt” on Biden’s claim of victory.

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Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) speaks during a campaign event in Cumming, Ga., on Nov. 13, 2020. (Dustin Chambers/Reuters)
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock campaign in Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 15, 2020. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Loeffler avoided directly answering questions about whether she supported Trump’s claims of winning the election, but said that it was “very clear that there were issues in this election,” noting that she had called for investigations into voter fraud in Georgia and repeatedly highlighted ongoing investigations in the state.

The Epoch Times won’t declare a winner until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved.

While media outlets can make their own projections as to the winner of the election, state electors and the Electoral College are the bodies that are officially tasked with declaring a presidential winner. Each state has different deadlines for when officials must certify their election results, and the Electoral College votes on Dec. 14. The Joint Session of Congress will then read the votes on Jan. 6, 2021, which can be challenged. The president-elect is then sworn in on Jan. 20.

Loeffler told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” on Nov. 18 that a GOP-controlled Senate would be a “firewall against socialism,” warning that her Democratic opponents will try to impose their will if elected.

She argued that if Democrats take the seats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) would pack the court and “implement a dramatic tax increase,” referring to Schumer’s remarks last week that Democrats would take Georgia and “change America.”

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks in Washington on Dec. 1, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

“Well, obviously everything’s on the line. We’re the firewall against socialism in this country,” Loeffler told the news channel.

Almost 1 million mail-in ballots have already been requested for the two runoff races, an elections official announced Dec. 2. The deadline for voter registration is Dec. 7.