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Trump May Have Asked Georgia Secretary of State To Cheat for Him

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the LifeZette. The author of this post is David Kamioner.

    On Sunday night, less than two days before the Georgia runoffs, Trump is in hot water again. This time, asking on Saturday for Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" him votes. In politics, finding votes only has one meaning: manufacture votes, cheat. If a Democrat asked an election official to "find" them votes, what would you think? Uh huh.

    Trump's defenders say he was taken out of context. If so, then Trump uttered dangerously vague words to Brad Raffensperger two days before the race that will decide the Senate and also decide what kind of resistance Republicans can muster against Joe Biden. If Trump said this, with this vital election in the offing, then it brings to mind Clemenceau's line, "It's worse than a crime. It's a blunder."

    FNC: "President Trump insisted that he won the state of Georgia in the 2020 presidential race during a phone call with Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend, reportedly urging him to 'find' enough votes to reverse the state's results. The Washington Post reported on the conversation, and obtained audio of the phone call, which they published in full online Sunday. During the call, the president reportedly says: '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.' "

    Here is the audio. Make up your own mind.

    The president claimed one thing. Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger effectively countered with another.

    Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, on Sunday hit the president for a "disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official" into "misrepresenting" the results of the 2020 election in Georgia and called for a "criminal investigation" into Trump's actions.

    "President Trump's recorded conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger is more than a pathetic, rambling, delusional rant. His disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official into deliberately changing and misrepresenting the legally confirmed vote totals in his state strikes at the heart of our democracy and merits nothing less than a criminal investigation...The president is unhinged and dangerous. Those who encourage and support his conduct, including my Senate colleagues, are putting the orderly and peaceful transition of power in our nation at risk."

    FNC added: "While the Trump campaign has challenged the results in dozens of lawsuits, judges in multiple states have shot them down. Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press last month that 'to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.'"

    This controversy will not help Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Georgia. To add insult to injury, Trump has called the Georgia runoffs "illegal." If they are "illegal" and deemed such by Trump, why would his supporters go to the polls? If they do not, the Democrats will win and the Democrats will control the White House and both houses of Congress. Why would Trump want that? Strange days indeed.


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