On Saturday, outgoing President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, for about an hour, pressuring the top Georgia elections official to “find” enough votes to swing the state to Trump. In support of his request for action to alter the certified presidential election outcome in the state, Trump cited a slew of claims of supposed voter fraud, but there’s no legitimate evidence supporting the president’s allegations. He claimed that, in actuality, he won the state by some half a million votes, which is just unequivocally fictional. On ABC, Raffensperger yet again debunked the president’s claims on Monday morning.
Speaking with host George Stephanopoulos, Raffensperger discussed what he called a “rumor whack-a-mole” that has plagued the state and country in the time since the presidential election concluded. No court anywhere in the country has accepted the president’s claims of systematic fraud, but Trump keeps pushing his nonsense anyway. Raffensperger, who the president has repeatedly publicly complained about since the election ended, observed as follows:
‘For the last two months, we’ve been fighting a rumor whack-a-mole, and it was pretty obvious very early on that we debunked every one of those theories that have been out there, but President Trump continues to believe them… We believe that truth matters; we continue to fight to get our message out, but it’s fighting a rumor whack-a-mole daily.’
The current president of the United States can’t even pass the low-level, fundamental standard of caring about genuine, documented truth. Meanwhile, Raffensperger added as follows:
‘We have to follow the process, follow the law: everything we’ve done for the last twelve months follows the constitution of the state of Georgia, follows the United States Constitution, follows state law… I never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president, but he pushed out. I guess he had his staff push us — they wanted a call… He did most of the talking, we did most of the listening, but I did want to make my points that the data that he has is just plain wrong.’
During his time on ABC, Raffensperger also discussed calls for an investigation into the call, saying that he felt as though the most appropriate course of action would be an investigation from outside his office since he was personally involved in the issue, creating a potential investigative conflict of interest on his part.
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