Donald Trump listened to tape asking the Georgian International Secretary to search out votes to show the election round
TSR Policy: Phew, Donnie really isn’t trying to go out without a fight. An hour-long phone call asking Trump for Georgia’s foreign minister to reverse election results in his favor went viral today.
Excerpts from the Saturday appeal were first published today by the Washington Post and received on NBC News Sunday afternoon. Trump was heard cracking down on state officials telling them to “find” the votes that prove he won the election, and even threatened criminal prosecution if he refused to overthrow the vote.
“The people of Georgia are angry. The people in the country are angry, ”Trump told Georgia’s Secretary Brad Raffensperger. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that you recalculated.”
Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel, Ryan Germany, backed up Trump’s claims, saying that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory of more than 12,700 votes was indeed accurate.
Raffensperger replied: “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is the data you have is wrong.”
In a separate exchange, Trump calls on Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes, one more than us. Because we won the state. “
Trump is now being called out for being caught trying to pressure election officials to change the election. You can hear part of the exchange below:
Trump to Raffensperger (via @washingtonpost):
“You know what you did and you don’t report it. This is a criminal – this is a crime … this is a great risk. “
“I will notify you that you will allow it.”
“I only want to find 11,780 votes.” pic.twitter.com/a3j4k0LJEa
– Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) January 3, 2021
Trump’d better make peace with reality soon, as even his Republican counterparts in Georgia are letting him know it just won’t happen for him.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris are expected to take office on the 20th of this month.
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