Senator Ted Cruz told the crowd in Georgia that they were fighting to defend the Constitution, and said anyone involved in voter fraud during the November election should be prosecuted and jailed.
“It is time to end voter fraud. It is time to expose voter fraud,” Sen. Cruz said on Saturday. “It is time to take anyone who was involved in voter fraud and prosecute them and put them in jail.”
Senator Cruz’s remarks come just days after President Trump retweeted attorney Lin Wood’s suggestion that the president could prosecute and jail Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, two Republicans Trump has claimed haven’t done enough to combat voter fraud in their state.
“President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man. He does not really like to fire people. I bet he dislikes putting people in jail, especially ‘Republicans,'” Wood tweeted. “He gave @BrianKempGA & @GaSecofState every chance to get it right. They refused. They will soon be going to jail.”
Trump lost in Georgia, one of the key battleground states, by a razor-thin margin of just over 12,000 voters or 0.2 points. But the president has claimed he was cheated out of victory in the state, and has warned that more fraud could happen in the next elections.
“They cheated, and they rigged our presidential election, but we will still win it,” Trump said at a Georgia rally earlier this month. “And they’re going to try and rig this election, too.”
The Texas Republican was in Georgia to rally support for Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
“The people of Georgia believe in common-sense conservative values,” Cruz added on Saturday. “People of Georgia want lower taxes, less regulations, and a lot more jobs. They don’t want to see socialism come to this country.”
Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake in the races, with Republicans currently holding a 50-48 edge in the upper chamber.