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In recorded call, Trump pressures Georgia election official to change results – Washington Post

In recorded call, Trump pressures Georgia election official to change results – Washington Post
US President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington, DC, USA, 20 November 2020. (Photo: EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO / POOL)

U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to "find" enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state, according to audio of a Saturday phone call obtained by the Washington Post, in Trump's latest effort to push unfounded claims of voter fraud.

The Washington Post, which published excerpts on Sunday of the hour-long call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, said Trump alternately flattered, begged and threatened Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences in an attempt to undo his loss in Georgia to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

(Update: Hear the full discussion and read the transcript here.)

The newspaper said that throughout the call Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel rejected Trump’s assertions and told the president that he was relying on debunked conspiracy theories about what was a fair and accurate election. The audio excerpts published by the Post confirmed that.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump said, according to an excerpt of the recording published online by the Post. “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. Because we won the state,” Trump said in the recording, insisting that there was “no way” he lost the state.

The White House declined to comment. Raffensperger’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Biden’s transition office had no immediate comment.

Georgia is one of several crucial swing states where Trump lost the Nov. 3 election to Biden, and where Trump has since made unfounded allegations of election fraud and sought to overturn the results. (Reporting by Michael Martina in Detroit; Additional reporting by Jonathan Landay and Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis)

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  • Johan Fick says:

    Ag Shame Trompie!

  • Johan Buys says:

    And we thought Zuma was a terrible president!

  • Rodney Weidemann says:

    In a fitting finale of irony for a presidency that has spent its entire four years using ‘whataboutism’ to essentially blame the opposition for the sins it itself is guilty of, the only person ACTUALLY attempting to fraudulently steal the election is the guy who has been complaining for months that the election will be rife with fraud!!!

  • Colleen Dardagan says:

    January 16th just cannot come along quickly enough and why is this guy so orange? I mean?

  • Kanu Sukha says:

    He is orange … because he is from the orange planet …not to be confused with the cell service provider ! The real culprits in this scandalous episode of psychopathic American history … are his enablers in the Repubican party … chiefly Mc Connell who prevented his impeachment, and now with the latest episode, his then presidential running contender Cruz !

  • Chris 123 says:

    Waiting for our local Trumpies to try and justify this blatantly corrupt attempt to overturn an election, he’s just a crook, plain and simple.

  • Hans van de Riet says:

    The poor man has the idea that he is still running “the apprentice”, not realising that in this case HE is the apprentice and should be fired. A despicable character.

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