Georgia's Republican Secretary Of State Says He Was 'Thrown Under The Bus' By Trump

Written by on November 25, 2020

In a USA Right this moment op-ed printed Wednesday, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, claimed he was “thrown beneath the bus” by President Donald Trump when he wouldn’t assist to declare Republicans the winners of elections they misplaced within the state.

Within the article, Raffensperger commends the state of Georgia for conducting a “wildly profitable and easy election,” and he mentioned that feat is worthy of celebration even amongst individuals whose most well-liked presidential candidate misplaced. 

“For these questioning, mine misplaced,” Raffensperger mentioned, referencing Trump. “My household voted for him, donated to him and at the moment are being thrown beneath the bus by him.”

Final week, Raffensperger alleged Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and different members of his get together urged him to unlawfully disqualify ballots solid in Georgia, a state President-elect Joe Biden gained by 1000’s of votes. Following Trump’s lead, Graham, Georgia Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, and different conservatives all through the nation have pushed absurd conspiracy theories about voting irregularities within the state, together with a principle alleging Georgia’s voting machines have been engineered to disenfranchise Trump voters. Since election day, Raffensperger has change into a pariah amongst conservatives for his refusal at hand Republicans victories in races they misplaced.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an update on the state of the election and ballot count during a news con

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger provides an replace on the state of the election and poll rely throughout a information convention on the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 10, after the poll rely discovered Biden defeating Trump by greater than 10,000 votes in Georgia, the Trump marketing campaign requested and have been later afforded a recount. However Trump and his allies by no means stopped lobbing unfounded accusations of impropriety at Georgia election officers, conjuring vitriol amongst his supporters even because the recount he requested was underway.

In a Nov. 14 tweet that has since been flagged as disinformation, Trump baselessly claimed Raffensperger, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, and Democrat and former gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams have been allies in a scheme to “cheat” this election cycle. 

“At the same time as Georgia launched into its first statewide audit, a course of that was solely attainable due to the state’s new printed paper-ballot system, those that requested the complete hand recount triggered by the audit of such an in depth race lined as much as undermine its credibility,” Raffensperger wrote in his op-ed Wednesday. “Those that had so lengthy been beneficiaries of the electoral course of sought to tear it aside at its very foundations.”

“However nonetheless, integrity issues,” he added.

On Friday, Kemp and Raffensperger licensed Georgia’s election outcomes after a recount confirmed Biden gained the state by 12,670 votes. On Saturday, the Trump marketing campaign requested one other recount, but there is no such thing as a purpose to imagine the extra recount will alter the end result. 

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