According to an audio recording obtained by the Washington Post, President Donald Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to swing the state in his favor. Trump lost Georgia narrowly to President-elect Biden, but the President has continued to insist that if not for fraudulent votes and other underhanded tampering, he would have won the state handily.
In an excerpt from a one-hour phone call Trump had with Raffensperger on Saturday, the Present said, “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” This is a claim Trump made repeatedly throughout the call: “There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
In another excerpt, Trump said, “The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.” Raffensperger did not appear to be receptive to Trump’s demand, responding, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
Speaking to Raffensperger’s general counsel Germany, Trump said, “Do you think it’s possible that they shredded ballots in Fulton County? ’Cause that’s what the rumor is. And also that Dominion took out machines. That Dominion is really moving fast to get rid of their, uh, machinery. Do you know anything about that? Because that’s illegal.”
“No, Dominion has not moved any machinery out of Fulton County,” Germany replied. Trump’s frustration seeped through a number of times as he called Raffensperger a “child” and a “schmuck.”
Trump tweeted about his call with Secretary Raffensperger on Sunday, saying, “I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more. He has no clue!”
Raffensperger responded to the President’s reprimands, tweeting, “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”
This is just another development in Trump’s ongoing bid to reduce trust in the election he lost. Some Republican senators are expected, with the President and Vice President’s express encouragement, to challenge the results when Congress certifies the election on January 6th.
Even after losing all his major election-related court cases, Trump remains defiant. Sticking with his standard spiel, he tweeted, “Sorry, but the number of votes in the Swing States that we are talking about is VERY LARGE and totally OUTCOME DETERMINATIVE! Only the Democrats and some RINO’S would dare dispute this – even though they know it is true!”