Donald Trump has this week pressed Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to ‘find’ enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s victory there as the president continues to refuse to concede the election. Raffensperger pushed back Trump on all fronts in a call that the Washington Post were able to obtain a tape of.
The pressure Trump is putting on officials to seek ways to change the outcome of the election has sparked anger across the country, with some now asking for a second impeachment. Senior Biden adviser Bob Bauer said: “We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place.”
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump said during the phone call to Raffensperger, who is a Republican but has caught the ire of Trump and his fans for maintaining that Biden’s victory in his state is legitimate. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.
“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” the president continued.
He insisted: “There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Raffensperger has consistently refuted Trump’s baseless claims of fraud and wrongdoing since the election and the secretary of state has revealed that he has received abuse and death threats for doing so. The 65-year-old continued this theme in the phone call with Trump, at one point saying: “Well, Mr President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
“So we’ve spent a lot of time on this and if we could just go over some of the numbers, I think it’s pretty clear that we won. We won very substantially in Georgia. You even see it by rally size, frankly. We’d be getting 25-30,000 people a rally and the competition would get less than 100 people,” Trump said at the beginning of the phone call, per Rev.com.
“And it never made sense. But we have a number of things. We have at least 2 or 3, anywhere from 250-300,000 ballots were dropped mysteriously into the rolls. Much of that had to do with Fulton County, which hasn’t been checked. We think that if you check the signatures, a real check of the signatures going back in Fulton County, you’ll find at least a couple of hundred thousand of forged signatures of people who have been forged. And we are quite sure that’s going to happen.”
Despite his claims, Trump did not win Georgia, instead the state went Democratic for the first time since 1992 as Biden picked up a key victory, which has been certified. Other attempts to pressure Republicans in battleground states have proved fruitless for Trump, just like the vast majority of his election lawsuits.
Biden’s victory will be ratified by Congress on Wednesday and he shall be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20.
“That is another tremendous number. We’re going to have an accurate number over the next two days with certified accountants, but an accurate number will be given,” Trump continued on the phone call.
“But it’s in the fifties of thousands and that’s people that went to vote and they were told they can’t vote because they’ve already been voted for. And it’s a very sad thing. They walked out complaining, but the number is large. We’ll have it for you, but it’s much more than the number of 11,779. The current margin is only 11,779. Brad, I think you agree with that, right?” he asked.
“That’s something, I think, at least that’s a number that everyone agrees on. But that’s the difference in the votes. But we had hundreds of thousands of ballots that were able to… Actually, we’ll get you a pretty accurate number.
“Although I saw you on television today, and you said that you found nothing wrong. I mean, and I didn’t lose the state, Brad. People have been saying that it was the highest vote ever. There was no way… A lot of the political people said that there’s no way they beat me. And they beat me. They beat me in the… As you know, every single state… We won every state,” Trump said.
“We won every State House in the country. We held the Senate which is shocking to people, although we’ll see what happens tomorrow or in a few days. And we won the House. And we won Congress, which was supposed to lose 15 seats, and they gained, I think 16 or 17 or something. I think there’s now a difference of five. That was supposed to be a different substantially more.”