By Tom Tillison | Business & PoliticsThe Democratic Party/corrupt-media-outrage machine is in full gear after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger leaked a phone call between him and President Trump, resulting in the claim that Trump “pressured” Raffensperger to “recalculate” the election results and “find” the votes necessary for him to win the state.
Of course, that’s the spin coming from the same media that has engaged in a four-year-long vendetta against this president.
The call was on Saturday, and the Washington Post had the story up Sunday, two days before the critical Senate run-off elections in Georgia, after receiving audio of the call from the Republican secretary of state.
“It’s just not possible to have lost Georgia. It’s not possible,” Trump said. “When I heard it was close, I said there’s no way. But they dropped a lot of votes in there late at night, you know that, Brad.”
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated because the 2,236 and absentee ballots,” the president told Raffensperger.
In the one hour call, Trump claimed there were “corrupt” ballots, which he said was “totally illegal.”
“It is more illegal for you than it is for them, because you know what they did, and you’re not reporting it. That’s a criminal, that’s a criminal offense,” he said, speaking to the secretary of state. “And you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you.”
Detailing reports of “criminal” behavior he has heard about, he told Raffensperger he was allowing this behavior to happen — that is when he spoke of needing to “find” the votes referenced above.
“And you can’t let it happen, and you are letting it happen,” the president said. “You know, I mean, I’m notifying you that you’re letting it happen. 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.”
It’s clear that Trump is not asking Raffensperger to find the votes, which contradicts the dishonest media spin.
“Look, we need only 11,000 votes. We have far more than that as it stands now. We’ll have more and more,” the president said, imploring the Republican official to check for fraudulent ballots.
After claiming that hundreds of thousands of ballots were dumped into Fulton County and another county next to it, Trump said, “So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break. You know, we have that in spades already.”
Again, the ask is to address the alleged illegal voting, not generating favorable votes for him out of thin air.
Or, in other words, this appears to be yet another nothing-burger — a product of the corrupt media, which “completely decontextualized” Trump’s statements, according to Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini.
David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, announced in a tweet that Trump has filed two lawsuits – federal and state – against Raffensperger after he secretly recorded the “confidential settlement discussion” of that pending litigation.
“The audio published by the Washington Post is heavily edited and omits the stipulation that all discussions were for the purpose of settling litigation and confidential under federal and state law,” he added.
The tweet prompted claims that there was no such stipulation, and Shafer countered to say the leaked call “begins immediately after Mark Meadows states that the call is for the purpose of discussing the settlement of pending litigation.”
The Washington Post reporter Amy Gardner disputed this assertion.
What’s not getting much notice is that there were attorneys from both sides on the call.
In addition to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell and Georgia-based attorney Kurt Hilbert were on Trump’s end of the call, and Raffensperger was joined by his office’s attorney Ryan Germany and Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs.
As a result, as noted in a thread detailing the call that’s getting a lot of attention, “The idea that POTUS was asking for ANYTHING untoward is categorically insane.”
There was plenty of pushback against Raffensperger online for leaking the call to the Washington Post.
Tom Tillison , Senior Staff Writer, is the longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review. Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.