GOP’s shameful silence in face of Trump’s destructive efforts to overturn election

GOP’s shameful silence in face of Trump’s destructive efforts to overturn election

"The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry".

"As the leader said, this is a vote of conscience; it's your own individual choice, and so I think that's how you view this type of vote", said Sen.

He added: "You would be respected if this thing could be straightened out before the election". Dozens of state and federal court decisions have rejected efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn the November 3 election results.

More than 3 million Georgians have already voted in the two January 5 runoffs, which pit incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler against Democrat Raphael Warnock.

John Dean, a White House counsel to Nixon before turning against him, told CNN that the new tape was "very damning for the president". If this audit does not take place, "we will vote on January 6 to reject voters from disputed states", they announced.

The president suggested at one point that as a Republican, Raffensperger should want to have an "accurate election"-or one that Trump won".

But the audio recording of the hourlong call details that Raffensperger and representatives of the secretary of state's office continued to patiently knock down some of the more inflammatory claims made by Trump and other top Republicans who allege hundreds of thousands of votes were illegally counted. "And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated". "We believe our numbers are right".

Trump has waged an all-out fight against the election results.

"We don't agree that you have one", Raffensperger said.

"Congress should immediately appoint an electoral commission, with full authority to investigate" possible "electoral fraud", the eleven elected members of the upper house said in a statement, echoing repeated accusations of fraud by President Trump and by many Republican parliamentarians for two months.

But the president was undeterred. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. "But it's a big problem in Georgia, and it's not a problem that's going away".

The Post also reported that Mr Meadows, lawyer Cleta Mitchell and other Republican allies of the president were also on the call.

The conversation Saturday was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by a sitting president to pressure a state official to reverse the outcome of a free and fair election that he lost.

Trump confirmed in a tweet Sunday that he had spoken with Georgia's secretary of state, Republican Brad Raffensperger, a day earlier. "All I want to do is this".

The White House has not responded to a request for comment.

Mr Cruz and the other senators said they were not "naive" in thinking they could succeed, acknowledging that Democrats and some Republicans would push the certification through.

Raffensperger was not the only target of Trump's ire.

Among the Republicans who disapprove of their initiative is Pat Toomey, a senator from Pennsylvania, one of the states whose outcome should be challenged in Congress.

He added: "I voted for President Trump and endorsed him for re-election". "I can't imagine he's ever getting elected again, I'll tell you that much".

He also pressed Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, in a separate phone call.

"I never claim to speak for another senator, but I do speak for my constituents when they raise legitimate concerns about issues as important as the fairness of our elections", he said in a message to the Senate GOP conference, first reported by Politico. The secretary of state's attorney declined and pointed to numerous public explanations that debunk those claims. She said Saturday she planned to vote to ratify Mr. Biden's win.

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