The Democrats in Georgia were forced to cancel a rally planned for the weekend because of a local “militia” presence in connection with a visit by President Donald Trump.
The Floyd County Democratic Party decided to hold the Sunday rally, which was scheduled to take place in the city of Rome, instead via a virtual zoom meeting.
In a statement, Chairwoman Ruth Demeter said that this step was taken on the recommendation of the Democratic Party of Georgia and out of “abundant concern for the health and safety of our citizens.
“We have been informed that due to Trump’s visit to Rome today, a large militia presence is expected,” she said, “In addition, because of the airport rally, we are not able to secure a police presence for our event.
Demeter, however, promised that despite the sudden change in plans, the party would “continue to work for democracy” and also used her statement to urge supporters to ensure that they cast their votes in time for the upcoming elections on November 3.
“On behalf of the Floyd County Democratic Party, I promise you that we will continue to work for democracy – we just won’t be standing outside City Hall this afternoon to do so,” she said.
“Stay safe and continue to practice the COVID-19 prevention protocols. Exercise your democratic rights. If you have an absentee ballot, hand it in personally to a mailbox in your district before the end of election day,” she said.
Demeter’s comments came just hours before Trump’s appearance in Rome, where the president continued his push to gather supporters and put them in the ballot boxes before the election.
In his speech to the crowd at the city’s Richard B. Russell Airport on Sunday night, Trump promised that his Republican Party would “win this state back” in the upcoming election.
“In two days, can you believe it? Two days from now. We will win this state again,” he said.
Trump targeted the economic references of his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, and continued, “We will win this state again: “This election is a choice between a depression and a boom.
Recent opinion polls suggest that Biden is on his way to defeat Trump, whose shocking victory in 2016 was swept aside by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
National polls currently show that Biden, former vice president under Barack Obama, has a lead of more than 8 percent over his rival.
But in Georgia, which has 16 votes in the electoral college, the president and Biden are almost neck and neck according to the FiveThirtyEight poll.
Trump, who led the state in the 2016 election with more than 50 percent of the votes, this time enjoys the support of just over 47 percent of voters, according to data collected by FiveThirtyEight. Biden now enjoys the support of just over 48 percent of the electorate.