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Trump Ends Presidency by Pressuring Georgia Officials To ‘Find’ Votes for Him

One last act of corruption for the road.

Trump waves and smirks outside.

With only 17 days left in his lame duck presidency, President Donald Trump made one last attempt to steal the election that was legally won by Joe Biden. A damning new audio recording of a phone call between Trump’s team and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was obtained by the Washington Post. The call features Trump demanding that Raffensperge invalidate the Georgia vote count and “find” enough votes to give him the win.

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In the nearly hour-long call, Trump repeatedly pressures, threatens, and cajoles Raffensperger to overturn the election results, citing baseless claims and conspiracy theories. In the recording, Trump can be heard saying, “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 spends the call calmly telling Trump that his claims have no evidence.

At one point, Trump blatantly asks Raffensperger to deny the will of the people, saying “So look. 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.” The conversation continued much in the same vein, with Trump repeating that he won Georgia while Raffensperger denied his claims. The men then took their argument onto to Twitter:

It should still be shocking that the President of the United States is pressuring state officials to lie about the vote. And it should be shocking that his baseless and dangerous claims are being championed by 12 republican senators, 140 house members, and Vice President Mike Pence.

It is corruption plain and simple, and a deliberate effort to sow distrust in the election and besmirch Biden’s nascent presidency. But is anyone really surprised that Trump’s political death rattle threatens democracy itself? Republicans would rather feed Trump’s tantrum than do anything to address the pandemic or the disastrous economy. Their attempts, which are baseless and won’t stop the inauguration, is all to appease some imaginary Trump supporter in future elections.

Make no mistake: what Trump did was an impeachable offense. But with less than 3 weeks remaining in his term, it’s highly unlikely he will face any repercussions while in office.

The final days of Trump’s presidency have been like an advent calendar of lies, cronyism, and corruption. And the fact that republicans are indulging him is a stunning failure of country over party. But will the republican party see any sort of backlash for their reckless and craven actions in the future? We will have to wait and see how effective Trumpism is without Trump himself.

(via Washington Post, featured image: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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