Trump’s Controversial Phone Call

Yulissa Ocampo

 

Over the weekend, the Washington Post published an hour long phone call between Donald Trump and Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. Trump pressured Raffensperger and other officials to find enough votes in the state’s presidential election to make him the winner. He said, “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 can be heard saying on the audio recording. “The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.” Raffensperger repeatedly told Trump that the results of the election were accurate and turned down the president’s unfounded claims.

Trump lost the presidential race in Georgia to Joe Biden by 11,779 votes, ninety-one less than what Trump asked to “find.” Since the November election, the ballots have been counted three separate times with Biden’s win affirmed each time. During the call, Trump called Raffensperger “a child” and “either dishonest or incompetent” for not believing that there was voter fraud in Atlanta. He also said that Raffensperger’s refusal to reverse the outcome of the election will deter Republicans from voting on the election, the results of which will determine which party controls the senate. “You have a big election coming up and because of what you’ve done to the president, you know, the people of Georgia know that this was a scam” Trump said. “Because of what you’ve done to the president, a lot of people aren’t going out to vote, and a lot of Republicans are going to vote negative, because they hate what you did to the president. OK? They hate it. And they’re going to vote, and you would be respected, really respected, if this can be straightened out before the election.”

Trump referred to the call earlier Sunday on Twitter, saying he talked to Raffensperger about Fulton County and alleged voter fraud in the state. “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!” the president said. In response to Trump’s tweet, Raffensperger said, “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.” Congress will convene in a joint session Wednesday to tally and certify the results of the Electoral College. More than 100 House members are expected to object to some states’ results, and a group of nearly a dozen Republican senators also plan to challenge the electoral results unless a commission to audit the results is appointed. Their objections, however, are highly unlikely to succeed, as both chambers must separately vote to sustain an objection. With Democrats controlling the House, it’s all but guaranteed lawmakers will not toss out Biden’s electoral votes.