In a move that demonstrates the desperate lengths that Donald Trump will go to to try to steal an election legitimately won by President-elect Joe Biden, the details emerged today of an hour-long phone call that the defeated Republican candidate placed yesterday to the Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
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During the call — a recording of which was obtained by The Washington Post from unnamed sources presumably close to Raffensperger — Trump cajoled, flattered, pathetically begged, and ultimately threatened the state official in charge of Georgia’s elections with criminal prosecution if he didn’t magically “find” — or in essence, invent — enough votes to reverse the already certified election results.
Despite Trump reportedly telling the Georgia official that he was taking a ‘big risk” by defying his request to overturn the defeat in the state without any actual evidence of fraud or other factors that could justify such an undemocratic action, The Post reports that:
“Throughout the call, Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel rejected Trump’s assertions, explaining that the president is relying on debunked conspiracy theories and that President-elect Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.”
Apparently, the lame-duck president — all too mindful of the impending expiration of his presidential immunity — was accepting none of the fortunately uncooperative Secretary of State’s rational explanations for the impossibility of fulfilling his corrupt demand.
The Wahington Post’s transcripts of the call will provide fodder for historians and psychiatrists analyzing the final days of the botched Trump regime and the defeated president’s precarious mental state.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump told Raffensperger, as if the minority of the states’ citizens who voted for him were its sole inhabitants. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”
The Secretary of State responded with a brave retort that pointed to the basic issue with Trump’s request.
“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong,” Raffensperger replied.
The extent of Trump’s delusional wishful – sorry, make that criminal — thinking is made obvious by another quote from Trump during the conversation.
“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,” Trump lied while trying to induce felony electoral fraud.
“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” Trump said, a phrase The Post says that he repeated frequently over the course of the call. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Just in case you have a picture in your mind of a panicking president sitting alone in his underwear in a White House bedroom desperately dialing in an unhinged and unsupervised bout of madness, you should know that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell, a well-known Republican attorney new to the Trump legal team were also on the call with him.
Only Mitchell was willing to comment to the newspaper about its reporting, saying in a statement that Raffensperger’s office “has made many statements over the past two months that are simply not correct and everyone involved with the efforts on behalf of the President’s election challenge has said the same thing: show us your records on which you rely to make these statements that our numbers are wrong.”
The disagreement between Trump and Georgia’s top election official continued even after the lengthy begging session had concluded, with the president moving the discussion to social media.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2021
It didn’t take Raffensperger long to reply with a tweet of his own essentially calling the president a liar in a somewhat more polite manner.
Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out https://t.co/ViYjTSeRcC
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) January 3, 2021
The desperation that Trump displays with this disgraceful attempt to defy reality and invent “alternative facts” of his own does not bode well for the rallies he has called to take place in Washington DC on January 6th when Congress convenes in a joint session for the final ratification of the election results.
A delusional and unhinged president with nothing left to lose and a crowd of eager prosecutors salivating over the prospect of prosecuting him for his many alleged criminal actions — combined with a loyal base of armed and dangerous supporters who prefer to accept his forked-tongue claims of electoral malfeasance over the facts of the ballot count — makes for the most explosive situation this nation has faced since the 1860s.
Only 17 days are left until the inauguration of Joe Biden as our 46th president.
It just may be the longest 17 days in our history.
You can listen to the audio recording leaked to The Washington Post here.
Original reporting by Amy Gardner at The Washington Post.
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