Mar 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd "absolutely" support Trump as 2024 nominee

Brian Kemp, governor of Georgia, speaks during a news conference at a mass covid-19 vaccination site at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Georgia, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 25

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville Feb. 25. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) told Fox News Wednesday he'd "absolutely" support former President Trump if he becomes the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nominee.

Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly lambasted Kemp since the governor resisted his pressure to overturn President Biden's 2020 election win in Georgia — notably in an hourlong phone call that is now being investigated in the state.

  • The former president called for Kemp's resignation last December. Trump criticized him as recently as Saturday, telling Newsmax he regretted supporting him in Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial primary runoff, adding the endorsement "hurt us."

What he's saying: When asked by Fox News' Neil Cavuto whether he'd support Trump as presidential nominee, Kemp said: "Absolutely, I'm going to support the nominee," adding that he "worked very hard" for Trump."

  • Kemp told Cavuto that the former president's ideas would be part of the Republican Party "for a long time in the future" and that Republicans "need to have a big tent" as "there's a lot of great ideas out there."
  • "We're not always going to get along, but I think the president deserves a lot of credit," he added. "And he's not going away."
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