Trump urges Georgia's state secretary to recalculate the vote in favour of him.; in extraordin call
Updated: Jan 4
‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’
The Washington Post obtained a recording of Trump urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the results of the election.
In an unprecedented one-hour phone call Saturday that election analysts said posed ethical concerns, President Trump encouraged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, to "find" enough votes to reverse his loss.
"The Washington Post obtained a recording of the conversation in which Trump alternately berated Raffensperger, tried to flatter him, begged him to act, and threatened him with vague criminal consequences if his false claims were refused by the Secretary of State, warning at one point that Raffensperger was taking "a great risk.
Raffensperger and the general counsel of his office dismissed his claims in the call, explaining that Trump is dependent on unfounded conspiracy theories and that the 12,779-vote win of President-elect Joe Biden in Georgia was rational and precise.
Trump dismissed their arguments.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”
Raffensperger responded: “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
"Trump said at another point: "So look. This is what I want to do. What I want to do is find 11,780 votes, one more than we have. Since we have won the state.'
The rambling, often incoherent talk, gave a startling snapshot of how consumed and desperate the president is over his defeat, unable or unable to let the matter go and yet hoping that in sufficient swing states to stay in power, he might undo the outcome.
“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” Trump said, a phrase he repeated again and again on the call. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
The secret Trump/Raffensperger recording was released because of the president's false tweet about the Secretary of State.