“You’re here because we humans won’t let our votes be stolen!” Mr. Wood, the prominent right-wing lawyer in Atlanta, told the cheering crowd. “We will not let our freedom be stolen. All lies are revealed! And on January 20, 2021, Donald J. Trump will take an oath to the President of the United States. “
Mr. Wood later turned to government officials, claiming that the Georgian process was too corrupt to be involved. “We’re not going to vote for his damn Chinese-made machines,” he said. Ms. Powell, who was rejected by Mr Trump’s legal team but continues to face legal challenges on behalf of the President, Wood echoed Wood’s warning, calling on “all Georgians” not to vote “unless their vote is safe”
But from another point of view, the momentum seemed to be turning against Mr. Trump this week. On Tuesday, chief state election official Gabriel Sterling braided into the president and begged him to curb the conspiracy rhetoric that Mr Sterling said encourages people to threaten election workers.
On Wednesday, Mr Sterling’s boss, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – like Republican Mr Sterling – seemed to close the door on the president’s long-term hope to spoil the people’s vote. Noting that William P. Barr, the U.S. Attorney General, had just said that the Department of Justice did not find widespread fraud in the national competition, Mr. Raffensperger said, “Nor have our investigators seen widespread fraud.”
He added that the second recount of the Georgia vote, which will be completed by Wednesday midnight, shows that Mr. Biden is indeed the winner. And the Secretary of State named Mr. Biden as President-elect.
At the same time, political expediency is a significant factor. Mr Raffensperger, who will be re-elected in 2022, is one of Georgia’s top Republicans, leaning towards two distinct imperatives: defending the integrity of their state’s choice while trying to survive the bizarre and changing political weather of the mercury-created systems Trump.
The president may suggest conspiracy theories and reproaches — he publicly attacked Mr. Raffensperger and Mr. Kemp for not agreeing to his wishes — but he is also the most popular figure in the Republican Party. Nationwide, Mr. Trump’s sustained attack on the integrity of votes, though false, convinced many Republicans that there was something crooked in the election. No one is sure whether he will continue or not, how long he will continue to lead his party’s sovereignty.