Trump continues to push for false Georgia Tape election claims
President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the 2020 election results were fraudulent after taping a call urging the Georgian Foreign Secretary to swing the election in his favor.
“How can you certify an election when the numbers to be certified are demonstrably FALSE,” wrote the President.
He then addressed his message to Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton, who said last night that he would not speak out against the votes with some of his colleagues: you will see the actual numbers during my speech tonight, but especially on January 6th . “Republicans have pros and cons, but one thing is for sure, YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!”
The president’s claim was flagged as part of Twitter’s Citizen Integrity Policy, which flagged outright falsehoods about the elections on its platform.
How can you confirm a choice if the numbers to be certified are demonstrably FALSE? You will see the real numbers during my speech tonight, but especially on January 6th. @ SenTomCotton Republicans have pros and cons, but one thing is for sure, YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2021
During his phone conversation with Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, Trump rejected all arguments that he had found the election wrong, despite multiple recounts and an examination of the state’s electoral process that found the election was free and fair.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” he said. “And there is nothing wrong with saying that you recalculated.”
“Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.” Raffensperger told him.
Trump later said, “So look. I just want to do that. I just want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us. Because we won the state. “
News of the solicitation sparked further controversy ahead of January 6, the day Congress will confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the 2020 general election winner. Several Republican lawmakers, including Ted Cruz from Texas and Josh Hawley from Missouri, have vowed to oppose certification despite lacking the support to reverse the election results for good.
Alan is a New York based writer, editor, and news junkie.