Sharing footage of a passionate plea for condemnation of post-election violent threats, President Donald Trump continued his own attacks on the integrity and persistent claims of the vote.
Gabriel Sterling, the election executive chief of Georgia’s foreign minister’s office, referred to death threats and other similar intimidation – referring to Trump’s “encouraging people to commit potential acts of violence”.
“You have to stop,” Sterling said after calling on the president and senator to condemn those words and deeds.
“It’s an election, it’s the backbone of democracy. And all of you who haven’t said a damn word are complicit in this.”
Trump shared a clip of Sterling’s comments, in which he returned to his narrative on election fraud in Georgia by targeting state governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
“Rigged choice,” he wrote.
“Show signatures and envelopes. Discover the huge electoral fraud in Georgia. What the Secretary of State and @BrianKempGA are afraid of. They know what we’ll find !!!”
Sterling specifically referred to the death threats against Dominion Voting Systems, a contractor in Gwinnett County, while also referring to “sexual threats” sent to Raffensperger’s wife. Raffensperger had previously claimed to have received death threats after the election.
Sterling also mentioned a remark by Joe diGenova, Trump’s campaign lawyer, who said the former director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “should be taken away and shot at dawn.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper described Trump’s comments as “non-American.”
“Grotesque, dangerous, non-democratic, non-American. Called by a Georgian GOP official not to condemn violent calls against election officials, the president responds with collapsed theories that fuel the threats,” he tweeted, sharing the president’s views. Comments.
Aside from retweeting Trump Sterling’s remark, campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said he “completely” condemns “threats or violence”.
“The focus of the campaign is to count all legal votes and not illegal votes. No one should engage in threats or violence, and if that happens, we will fully condemn it,” the NPR said in a statement. Following Sterling’s remarks.
Trump has recently made increasingly mocking remarks about Kemp and Raffensperger suggests Kemp to “call the election” in a tweet that targets him. He also called on Kemp to take part in the recount process and “instruct” Raffensperger, which was refuted by the governor’s office.
Georgia’s initial count showed Biden receiving more votes than Trump, as one hand said. Another recalculation is in progress.
Newsweek contacted the Trump campaign and Sterling’s office for comment. The offices of Kemp and Raffensperger were also consulted.