Sunday, January 03, 2021
Anger and despair on the phone
Trump urges Georgia’s election chief to manipulate
Shortly before the important Senate election in Georgia, the incumbent US President Trump picks up the phone and makes a desperate call. For about an hour he urged his party colleague to “find” the missing votes for him. Media now publish a recording.
According to a report, the incumbent US President Donald Trump has insisted on a subsequent change in the election result in the state of Georgia in an unusual phone call. In the one-hour conversation, Trump bluntly asked the State Secretary, Brad Raffensperger, who was responsible for carrying out the election, to “find” enough votes for him and “recalculate” the result. The Washington Post reported. The newspaper also published parts of a recording of Saturday’s conversation. After the phone call, Trump described Raffensperger as “clueless” on Twitter.
During the conversation, Republican Trump threatened his party colleague Raffensperger that he was taking a “great risk” and that he might be guilty of a crime if he did not act against the election fraud. Trump had narrowly lost Georgia in the November 3rd election. The Democrat Joe Biden was there with about 12,000 votes in front. The results were recounted there twice; Despite Trump’s claims, there was no evidence of electoral fraud.
“I only want to find 11,780 votes”
During the phone call, Trump complained about the “wrong” result in Georgia and claimed that he had won the election. “I just want to find 11,780 votes … because we won the state,” he said, according to the recording. “We won the election and it is not fair to take the victory away from us,” said Trump. Raffensperger should check the results again, demanded the incumbent US president. “But check it out with people who want to find answers,” said Trump. According to the recording, Raffensperger replied: “We have to stand by our numbers. We believe our numbers are correct.” The State Secretary pointed out that the results would have passed in court.
In Georgia, runoff elections for two Senate seats will also take place on Tuesday, the result of which could overturn the majority of Republicans in the Washington House of Parliament. The Washington Post article stated that the “rambling and sometimes incoherent conversation” showed how “obsessed and desperate” the president was in the face of his election defeat. Trump still believes he could change the outcome in enough states to secure a second term. Trump lost the election but continues to refuse to recognize Biden’s victory. This is to be sworn in on January 20th.