ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia strongly condemned on Wednesday the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, calling it a “disgrace” and arguing that if he had heeded President Trump’s demands for a special session of the Georgia Legislature to contest his state’s election results, a similarly dangerous situation might have ensued in Atlanta.
“It has been a disgrace, and, quite honestly, un-American,” Mr. Kemp said at a late-afternoon news conference at the state capitol, where dozens of right-wing protesters, some heavily armed, had gathered outside.
“It is unimaginable that we have people in our state and in our country that have been threatening police officers, breaking into government buildings,” he added. “This is not the Georgia way and it is not the way of our country.”
Runoff elections on Tuesday for Georgia’s two Senate seats resulted in victories by the Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, giving their party full control of Congress.
On Wednesday morning, hours before Congress was to certify President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, President Trump held a rally in Washington in which he falsely claimed, as he has many times, that his loss in states like Georgia was the result of a rigged election. A large mob of his supporters then stormed the Capitol.
Mr. Kemp, a first-term governor, is a Republican who benefited from Mr. Trump’s endorsement. But since the November election, Mr. Trump has repeatedly attacked him for declining to call a special session of the Legislature to investigate Mr. Trump’s bogus claims of fraud and take steps to overturn his loss in Georgia.
A number of elected Republicans in Georgia had also called for a special session.
At the news conference, Mr. Kemp addressed anyone who has been pushing for the idea.
“You can now see what that would have looked like,” he said. “Rudy Giuliani saying, quote, trial by combat, end quote, is simply outrageous, and there’s no place for that in our nation,” referring to a speech by Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, earlier on Wednesday.
Mr. Kemp called for national unity, and said he had extended a previous order that activated the National Guard. Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state who was also attacked by Mr. Trump, had to be taken out of the capitol building earlier Wednesday in order to assure his safety.