Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is a Republican, posted criticism of the lack of “real” leadership among Republicans on his Twitter feed in recent days. At issue, Raffensperger explained, is the fact that lies that have been pushed by former President Donald Trump and his allies about the integrity of last year’s presidential election have been used as justification for death threats against individuals involved in or connected to the conducting of elections. Trump and some of his top allies have seemed far more concerned with continuing to push the election lies than with helping protect election workers.
Raffensperger commented as follows:
‘The continuing false claims of a stolen election have led to violent/death threats, intimidation, and claims of prison time coming for elections workers. They keep coming. Real leaders need to take steps to stop it. So far they haven’t.’
The continuing false claims of a stolen election have led to violent/death threats, intimidation, and claims of prison time coming for elections workers. They keep coming. Real leaders need to take steps to stop it. So far they haven't. https://t.co/L5gL5nrj4u
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) June 11, 2021
Even Republicans who haven’t actively promoted the deranged lie that last year’s presidential election was somehow rigged for Biden have allowed space for that lie to be told. Just seven Republican Senators out of 50 voted in favor of convicting Trump of incitement of insurrection after some of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to stop the formal Congressional certification of Biden’s win. More recently, Republican Senators banded largely together and filibustered a bill that would have created an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol violence.
Raffensperger has faced steep criticism from ex-President Trump over his refusal to glibly go along with the former commander-in-chief’s attempts to get Biden’s victory thrown out. Trump has claimed that Raffensperger and Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp presided over an electoral process last year that was essentially overwhelmed by fraud — but these claims are a delusional fantasy. No court anywhere in the country has ever accepted Trump’s systematic fraud claims — not once. Meanwhile, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) has announced a primary campaign against Raffensperger, with Trump’s endorsement.