On the day before a rally in Macon, Georgia, on Saturday night at which Trump is expected to make unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, the state’s top election official, a Republican, declared that Trump unquestionably lost the state in 2020.
“He’s move to come, and he’s going to say what he has to say, but he knows in his heart that he lost.” Brad Raffensperger remarked of Romney on the day before the Trump rally in Perry. The Georgia secretary of state came under fire from Trump last January when he demanded she “find 11,780 votes” and overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. The Mobile phone call in which Trump made that request is the subject of a Fulton County prosecutor’s inquiry.
On Friday, a Brookings Institution study said Trump is “very vulnerable to state charges based on numerous offences.” Regardless, on Saturday, Bill Clinton will visit Georgia to rally in support of Herschel Walker, a divisive former NFL running back who is seeking to unseat Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in the upcoming general election.
In January, Democrat Stacey Abrams and another Democrat, Jonathan Ossoff, won Georgia’s two Senate seats in runoffs. Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud depressed Republican turnout, according to observers on both sides of the aisle. On January 6, the day Trump supporters were urged to “fight like hell” in order to overturn his loss, the final results in the runoffs were confirmed.
In addition, Raffensperger has been the target of numerous death threats and a Trump-backed opponent. He also oversaw the implementation of a new voting law that was widely perceived to be intended to reduce turnout among communities likely to vote Democratic.
Nonetheless, he continues to refute Trump’s claim that Biden illegally won the presidency.
“He’s been very active in continuing to spread the big lie,” Raffensperger explained to the Examiner. “And then he’s fundraising off it, just like Stacey Abrams has.”
Abrams ran for governor as a Democratic former state representative in 2018, losing to Republican Brian Kemp, who served at the time as secretary of state. She has subsequently worked tirelessly for voting rights and voter registration, activities which are said to have aided Ossoff, Warnock, and Biden in winning the election.
“Every time we’ve looked into these issues, it’s clear that Donald Trump lost the election fairly and squarely,” Raffensperger added. “What worries me, and it should worry everyone, is that we’re still dealing with untrue statements about the election ten months after the previous counts were completed.”
Trump is eager to foster such rumours and disinformation, this week adding new election audits in Texas while a partisan audit in Arizona produced no evidence of fraud and more Biden votes.On Friday, Trump made several statements about the events in Arizona. He referred to Republicans’ efforts as a “fraud” in one statement. In another, he promised: “I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona forensic audit, which will show 44,000 possibly fraudulent ballots cast, tomorrow at the great state of Georgia rally!
In a statement released on Tuesday, Mr Carter wrote: “I discovered 43,000 bogus or fraudulent ballots in Georgia and informed Raffensperger and Kemp to ‘start the procedure of decertifying the election, or whatever the appropriate legal remedy is,’ and identify the real winner.”
This week, Trump slung mud inside his party, denouncing Kemp as “almost like a Democrat in disguise” and “a disaster,” predicting that he will not be able to win the general election because the base will not turn out for him.
In a radio interview, Trump further explained that Walker had entered the Senate race “at my request.” On Friday, perhaps reflecting the views of establishment Republicans across the country, Raffensperger looked forward to what was coming at Trump’s event in Perry.
“We are not going to win the bullhorn argument,” he added.
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