Georgia Democrat Lucy McBath defended her state’s Republican foreign minister after President Donald Trump called him an “enemy of the people” for handling the southern state’s elections.
Although it has been clear for almost three weeks that Trump lost the presidential election to elected president Joe Biden, he refused to agree. The president and his legal team have made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud without evidence. Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attacked Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, who was approved by the president in 2018, accusing him of several Georgians voting for Biden.
After the manual recount, Biden was left with about 12,000 votes ahead of Trump. However, Trump refused to accept the reality, basically claiming that the election was rigged. In his remarks to reporters on Thursday, he called Raffensperger an “enemy of the people.”
“The president’s attacks on our democracy remain terrible. Georgia has made great strides forward. We have had clean elections. We had clean politics,” McBath told CNN on Friday when asked about Trump’s criticism.
“So we need to give the Secretary of State some applause to make sure he has clean, safe and fair elections,” the congresswoman said. “And if the president isn’t happy with that, you know, we’ve done what we were destined to do. And we did it fairly, and now we have a new president-elect, Joe Biden, president-elect,” he said.
Newsweek Raffensperger reached out to his office for comment, but received no immediate response.
Published in an opinion article USA ma on Wednesday, Raffensperger pointed out that he and his family had voted and donated Trump to him.
“In any case, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election. We finally overcame the voting lines and put behind us the infamous reputation of Fulton County because of the catastrophic election. This is what Georgians must celebrate, whether their supported presidential candidate wins or loses,” Written by Raffensperger.
“Whoever is curious, mine is lost – my family voted for it [Trump], they donated to him, and now he throws them under the bus, “he noted.
Notably, Trump publicly endorsed Raffensperger and called him “fantastic” exactly two years before he described him as “the enemy of the people” on Thursday.
“Brad Raffensperger will be a fantastic Georgian Secretary of State – working closely with @ BrianKempGA. It is very important that he gets out and votes for Brad,” the president tweeted on November 26, 2018. Now the president claims it is evidence that the person he supported – and who voted for him – helped put the election in Biden’s favor.