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In a taped recording of President Donald Trump pressuring the Georgia Secretary of State and his lawyer to alter the election results. He clearly made his displeasure with Republican Brad Raffensperger’s lack of response concerning overturning President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, according to The Washington Post on Jan. 3, 2021.

He repeatedly queried a fellow Republican leader about shredded ballots and Dominion replacing parts or removing machines during the hour-long conversation. After hearing that these things have not occurred, he lauded threats against Raffensperger and Georgia’s general counsel suggesting their position puts them in an unsafe place.

TrumpAll he really wants, Trump said, was for the secretary of state to announce the votes were recalculated, adding there would be “nothing wrong.” At one point, he said he only wanted 11,779 votes plus one to be “discovered,” giving him the victory.

Trump posted a tweet after speaking with Raffensperger on January 2: “I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He 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!”

Georgia’s Secretary of State retweeted the president’s complaint with his comment: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”

The state of Georgia has 16 electoral college votes, which, if awarded to Trump, would only reduce Biden’s lead to 290 — only 280 are needed to secure the presidential victory. Moreover, the president lost 7.5 million votes cast by the American people.

On January 6, the bicameral meeting of Congress is scheduled to affirm the Electoral College votes. Hundreds of Republican congressperson state they will not vote to certify the election results; their actions will not change the outcome of the election.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

NCRM: Audio: Trump Threatens and Berates Georgia Official to ‘Recalculate’ Election and ‘Find 11,780 Votes;’ by David Edwards
The Washington Post: ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor; by
Amy Gardner
NBC News: Trump begs Georgia secretary of state to overturn election results in remarkable, hourlong phone call; Allan Smith

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Cathy Milne-Ware is the Editor-in-Chief for Frackle Media and lead instructor for St. Agatha's News School. She enjoys helping youth discover their unlocked potential and helping them find their voice. As an instructor, her goal is to teach them the power of words and develop strategies that will serve them in the future by teaching effective communication skills including critical thinking and a sense of belonging. Cathy strives to be an advocate and mentor for each intern.

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