ATLANTA — Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, attracted thousands of fans and supporters at the Fox Theater in Midtown Atlanta for a rally. But there were extremely conspicuous absences: mainly Georgia’s top-ranking elected Republicans.
Current and former Georgia governors Nathan Deal and Sonny Purdue chose not to show up. Neither did state Senator David Purdue, a Trump supporter, who claims he had a session of great importance to attend at the same time at Trump’s rally.
Georgia GOP party chairman John Padgett was left to introduce Trump to the masses.
“There’s only one candidate who will protect our religious freedoms. There’s only one candidate who will maintain our Second Amendment rights,” Padgett said. “There’s only one candidate will kick ISIS butt!”
More than 3,500 people packed building to listen to Trump outline the same controversial and highly inflammatory plans for the country
“We’re allowing horrible people into our country who don’t deserve to be in our country and bad things are happening,” Trump said, according to WABE.
Trump reiterated his well-known and incendiary pronouncements to build a wall all along the Mexican border, and he told the crowd that he plans to initiate a cessation of Muslim immigration into the United States, though he has soften his stance to say that he would limit the ban to just from countries known to harbor terrorists.
Ironically, earlier in the day, Trump held a fundraiser earlier in the day. It was to be headlined by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Sen. David Perdue.