Donald Trump, in a rambling, unprecedented hour-long call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Saturday night, pressured him to ‘find’ enough votes to overturn his defeat in the Joe Biden in the southern state.
‘So look. All I want to do is this – I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,’ Trump said during the leaked call, which was obtained by The Washington Post and released, in part, on Sunday.
The recording of the conversation depicts a desperate president berating Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to do anything to change the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia.
‘We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place. It captures the whole, disgraceful story about Donald Trump’s assault on American democracy,’ Biden Senior Advisor Bob Bauer said on the call.
Donald Trump demanded in an hour-long rambling call with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (pictured) on Saturday that he ‘find’ enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Georgia
A recording of the call depicts Trump flattering, threatening and begging with Raffensperger
‘We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place. It captures the whole, disgraceful story about Donald Trump’s assault on American democracy,’ Biden Senior Advisor Bob Bauer said on the call
‘The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,’ Trump said on the call. ‘And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.’
‘Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong,’ Raffensperger responded.
In what the Post described as an incoherent conversation full of ramblings of the president, Trump repeated again and again: ‘There’s no way I lost Georgia.’
‘There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes,’ Trump lamented.
The president tweeted shortly after news of the call broke: ‘Sorry, but the number of votes in the Swing States that we are talking about is VERY LARGE and totally OUTCOME DETERMINATIVE!’
‘Only the Democrats and some RINO’S would dare dispute this – even though they know it is true!’ he continued.
‘The Swing States did not even come close to following the dictates of their State Legislatures,’ he continued in a second tweet. ‘These States ‘election laws’ were made up by local judges & politicians, not by their Legislatures, & are therefore, before even getting to irregularities & fraud, UNCONSTITUTIONAL!’
Throughout the call, the secretary of state rejected Trump’s assertions about the election, claiming he was relying on debunked theories – even as the president flattered, begged and threatened with vague consequences.
At one point, Trump said Raffensperger was taking a ‘big risk’ by not acting to overturn the results.
Raffensperger also asserted in the call that Joe Biden’s 12,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.
Reports of the call comes after Trump tweeted Sunday morning vaguely of the conversation, claiming Raffensperger ‘has no clue’ about what happened in the election.
‘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!’ Trump posted.
He also tweeted warning Republicans of potential election fraud in Georgia as two Senate runoffs commence to determine control of the upper chamber.
‘Republicans in Georgia must be careful of the political corruption in Fulton County, which is rampant. The Governor, @BrianKempGA, and his puppet Lt. Governor, @GeoffDuncanGA, have done less than nothing. They are a disgrace to the great people of Georgia!’ he tweeted in reference to the Republican governor.