The Washington Post, one of the most respected newspapers in the U.S., has published the audio from a phone call in which Donald Trump tried to strong arm Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger into “finding” 11,780 votes for his presidential re-election bid. Experts have stated Trump’s actions are a clear example of criminal election tampering.
President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia during the November 2020 Presidential Election. In fact, Biden won the national election by a landslide – beating Trump by over 7 million votes in the popular vote, and also by a decisive margin in the Electoral College.
Since the election, Trump has cried of wide-spread voter fraud without presenting any credible evidence. He has filed over 60 lawsuits trying to overturn the election results via the courts, and has lost pretty much all of them because his lawyers can’t produce any evidence for fraud because there wasn’t any.
Trump’s own appointed officials in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released a statement that the November 3rd election was “the most secure in American history.” The statement went on “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Trump responded to this by firing Chris Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
A group of 59 scientists and election security experts responded to Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud. “No credible evidence has been put forth that supports a conclusion that the 2020 election outcome in any state has been altered through technical compromise,” it read in their statement. “In every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”
Even Trump’s most loyal patsy U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr had no choice but to release a statement that the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.
In the Washington Post transcript of Trump’s strongarming of Georgia’s Secretary of State, one thing becomes clear: Raffensperger has the integrity to live up to his oath to do his job to the best of his ability.
Raffensperger is a Republican. He could very well cow down to Trump the way Senator Ted Cruz and Vice President Mike Pence do. But, instead, Raffensperger is abiding by the duties of his job.
At one point in the conversation Trump pressures Raffensperger to outright lie for him, stating “there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”
But Raffensperger responded with dignity and professionalism, two things sorely lacking in Trump.
“Well, Mr. President,” Raffensperger responded, “the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
When Trump took to Twitter to again attack Raffensperger with unfounded accusations of voter fraud, the Georgia Republican replied with the utmost tact.
“Respectfully, President Trump,” Raffensperger stated on Twitter, “What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”
Yes, there are sell outs like Cruz and Pence. But there are also heroes like Raffensperger and Senator Mitt Romney who take their oath of office seriously and don’t put party above the law. I applaud them.
And as much as I encourage people to celebrate the integrity displayed by Raffensperger and Romney, isn’t it a sad state of affairs when a Republican doing their job is cause for celebration?
Peace. Love. Trust.
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