For all his claims of voter fraud occurring in the election, it seems like President Trump isn't above committing it himself.
2020 was a lot of things, and one of the defining moments was the United States elections. The whole world waited with bated breath to see whether President Donald Trump would be elected for a second term. While there were many rallying for him to win the election, many others were ready to see him leave the office. In the end, the results showed that President-elect Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes. Despite there being a clear winner, Trump refused to accept the results and called the vote count fraudulent, all while refusing to give up the office. And he still isn't ready to let go.
More than two months after the election results were declared, the president was caught on tape urging fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn his defeat in a one-hour phone call. A recording of that call was obtained by The Washington Post. It included Trump alternately berating the Georgia secretary of state, trying to flatter him, begging him to act, and threatening him with vague criminal consequences if Raffensperger did not pursue his false claims. At one point, Trump even warned Raffensperger that the latter was taking “a big risk.” It is worth noting that at this time, Trump has been declared the loser on three separate vote counts in the state.
Throughout the call, Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel rejected the president's assertions and tried explaining to him that he was basing his argument on debunked conspiracy theories and that President-elect Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate. But Trump was not having any of it. A part of the transcript read:
Trump: “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated.”
Raffensperger: “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
Later in the call, Trump said, “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.” He also added, “So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.”
(A full copy of the transcript can be read here.)
With Raffensperger refusing to give in, Trump took to Twitter and said that the secretary of state 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!” To which said secretary replied, “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true.” Additionally, the Reality Check team at BBC News fact-checked the claims Trump made during the phone call and determined they were unfounded.
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
It seems like President Trump is still attempting to steal the election whose result has been declared legal ad nauseam. With inauguration day in just a couple of weeks, one can only wait and see how many desperate attempts the president will make instead of gracefully conceding.