According to a report in the Washington Post, US President Trump made an unusual phone call: Apparently he called the state secretary responsible for the election in Georgia and requested that the election results be changed.
The incumbent US President Donald Trump apparently called for a subsequent change in the election result in the state of Georgia in a phone call. This reported the “Washington Post” and referred to a recording of the conversation between Trump and the state secretary responsible for the election in Georgia, Brad Raffensperger.
Trump wants to “recalculate” the result in Georgia
In the one-hour phone call, President Raffensperger bluntly asked to “find” enough votes for him and to “recalculate” the result. The newspaper also published parts of a recording of the conversation that was probably held on Saturday. Trump described Raffensperger as “clueless” after the phone call on Twitter.
Trump threatens Raffensperger
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 were no indications of election fraud.
“Not fair to take away our victory like that”
During the phone call, Trump complained about what he saw as the “wrong” result in Georgia and asserted 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. It was “not fair to take our victory like this,” 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 also have stood up in court.
Trump continues to refuse to admit defeat
According to Reuters news agency, neither the White House nor Raffensperger’s office commented on the report. The team of the future President Biden did not want to comment either.
The Washington Post article said the “rambling and sometimes incoherent conversation” showed how “obsessed and desperate” the president was over his electoral 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.