- President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger an “enemy of the people.”
- The Trump campaign targeted Raffensperger, a Republican who is the state’s chief election official, after Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years.
- Without resigning, the outgoing president continues to claim that widespread voter fraud in key states like Georgia has helped Joe Biden win the election.
- Raffensperger said this week that Trump had thrown him and his family “under the bus.”
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President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger an “enemy of the people,” while continuing to urge unfounded demands to explain Joe Biden’s loss in the battlefield state.
Talking to journalists, the resigning president accused Raffensperger, without evidence, of making some sort of “agreement” with Democrat Stacey Abrams to allow voting in Georgia, stating that the state had a “fraudulent system.”
“You shouldn’t harvest, but I understand the secretary of state, who is really the enemy of the people, the secretary of state, and whether Republican or not, this man he did is supposed to make a deal. are allowed, “Trump said.
It is credited to Abrams that 800,000 people registered to vote in Georgia in the 2020 election, but this is not the same as harvesting ballots in which a voter fills out a missing ballot and hands it over to another person to cast it to the polling station.
Raffensperger, a Republican who is Georgia’s top election official, has been heavily criticized by the Trump campaign since the state voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler – two Republicans who are trying to defend their seats in the January election – have called for resignation.
Raffensperger recently accused the South Carolina Senate Lindsey Graham of asking if he could exclude thousands of mailings because of mismatched signatures. Ethics experts have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether Graham “threatened anyone with a Senate inquiry into the counting of votes in Georgia.”
—The hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
Raffensperger said in today’s USA Today column that Georgia’s election number was “wildly successful and smooth” and that Trump, who he said was voted with his family, “threw them under the bus”.
On November 26, 2018, exactly two years before Trump’s speeches on Thursday, he approved Raffensperger as Georgia’s secretary of state, tweeting that it would be “fantastic” and “great for the job”.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
Georgia proved Biden’s victory last week despite the legal challenge of the Trump campaign. The elected president won by 12,670 votes.