Sidney Powell: Former Trump lawyer leads Georgia rally, calls on Republicans to boycott runoff elections

Rally attendees chant ‘lock him up’ toward Republican governor of Georgia Brian Kemp

Graig Graziosi
Wednesday 02 December 2020 21:39 GMT
Sidney Powell and Lin Wood attend 'Stop the Steal' rally in Georgia

Sidney Powell, the conspiracy theory pushing lawyer who formerly represented Donald Trump's legal challenge to the 2020 election results before being fired by the campaign, led a rally-like press conference in Georgia today to protest the state's election results.

Supporters of Ms Powell gathered in Atlanta for a "stop the steal" rally. Lin Wood, an Atlanta based attorney and supporter of Mr Trump, joined her and led the crowd in a "lock him up" chant directed at the state's Republican governor, Brian Kemp.

At least one supporter at the rally was seen carrying a literal pitchfork.

Both Ms Powell and Mr Wood said that conservative votes would not be secured in the upcoming runoff election between Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue against Democrat challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.

Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones who was also attending the rally contradicted their claims and called on voters to turn out and vote in the election.

The results of the election will determine which party controls the US Senate.

Mr Wood then retook the stage and undermined Mr Jones. He told voters to boycott the election unless the state agrees to completely overhaul its electoral system.

"Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election," Mr Wood said.

Ms Powell has pushed numerous conspiracy theories without evidence that massive voter fraud occurred and that Mr Trump is the winner of the 2020 election.

The lawyer has filed numerous error-filled lawsuits and has referenced individuals like Ron Watkins - who is believed to be a major driver of the QAnon conspiracy movement - in her filings.

Ms Powell filed her lawsuit - which she dubbed "releasing the Kraken" - in Georgia on Friday. But the filing contained several typos and its metadata suggested another individual with ties to the White House, Juli Haller, actually authored the filing.

Ms Haller works at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was named in a lawsuit alleging she had mistreated an Iranian-American at the agency.

The challenge to Georgia's elections comes a day after a Republican election official in the state called on Mr Trump and other top Republicans to stop their attacks on the democratic process.

"Someone's going to get hurt, someone's going to get shot, someone's going to get killed," Mr Sterling said during a press conference. "It's not right."

The state's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has received death threats to himself and his family from angry Trump supporters who believe without evidence that he is complicit in election fraud in the state.

Ms Loeffler and Mr Perdue have called on Mr Raffensperger to step down, and Mr Trump called him an "enemy of the people" during a press conference in which he claimed without evidence that the Secretary of State cut a deal with Democratic lawyer Stacey Abrams to throw the election.

"It has to stop," Mr Sterling said. "Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop. We need you to step up. And if you take a position of leadership, show some."

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