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Politics Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an 'enemy of the people,' exactly 2 years after he said he'd be 'fantastic'

13:51  27 november  2020
13:51  27 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

Georgia Secretary of State, 'a Republican through and through,' defends the integrity of his state's election — and his own

  Georgia Secretary of State, 'a Republican through and through,' defends the integrity of his state's election — and his own Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is on a mission to prove to both Republicans and Democrats that his office can be trusted to run an honest election. “I’m a Republican through and through and never voted for a Democrat,” Raffensperger told Yahoo News in a video interview Monday. “I tell the candidates that are running, you best get at it and quit looking back and quit trying to talk about what the secretary of state’s doing,” he said. “You better be worried about your own campaign, because this is going to be a tight, competitive race.”On Monday, Floyd County reportedly found 2,600 ballots during their audit that were not previously tallied.

President Donald Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger " an enemy of the people " at a press conference on Thanksgiving Day: "I read this morning where Stacey Abrams has 850,000 ballots accumulated. That's called harvesting. You're not allowed to harvest, but I understand

Bradford Jay Raffensperger (born May 18, 1955) is an American politician and civil engineer from the state of Georgia . A Republican, he serves as the secretary of state of Georgia .

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Brad Raffensperger. Paras Griffin/Getty Images © Paras Griffin/Getty Images Brad Raffensperger. Paras Griffin/Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an "enemy of the people."
  • The Trump campaign has targeted Raffensperger — a Republican who is the state's top election official — after Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years.
  • The outgoing president continues to claim, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud in key states like Georgia helped Joe Biden win the election.
  • Raffensperger this week said Trump had thrown him and his family "under the bus."
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President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an "enemy of the people" as he continued to push baseless claims to explain his loss in the battleground state to Joe Biden.

Georgia's top election official pushes back on baseless fraud claims by Trump and the GOP, accuses Doug Collins of doing 'nothing when he was a Congressman' for voting reform

  Georgia's top election official pushes back on baseless fraud claims by Trump and the GOP, accuses Doug Collins of doing 'nothing when he was a Congressman' for voting reform "As a Republican, I'm disappointed, but as a secretary of state, my job is to report accurate results" of elections, Brad Raffensperger told Insider.Shortly after Election Day, Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are now advancing to January 5 runoff elections, called on Raffensperger to resign from office, claiming without any evidence that Georgia's Secretary of State "failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.

He then baselessly called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger , who has defended the state ’s election process, an “ enemy of the people .” The vast majority of the Trump campaign’s election challenges in Georgia , Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have been thrown out of court.

Are taxpayers paying for two state agency people to do the job of one? The public needs immediate clarification upon these issues, given that Sterling continues to assure the public and the media – on behalf of the state of Georgia and its Chief Election Officer, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Speaking with reporters, the outgoing president accused Raffensperger, without evidence, of making some kind of "deal" with the Democrat Stacey Abrams to allow vote harvesting in Georgia and said the state had a "fraudulent system."

"You're not allowed to harvest, but I understand the secretary of state, who is really an enemy of the people, the secretary of state, and whether he's Republican or not, this man, what he's done, supposedly he made a deal and you'll have to check this, where she is allowed to harvest but in other areas they're not allowed," Trump said.

Abrams has been credited with helping register 800,000 people to vote in Georgia for the 2020 election, but that is not the same as ballot harvesting, in which a voter completes an absentee ballot and gives it to another person to hand in to a polling station.

Georgia elections chief: 'Emotional abuse' to mislead voters about fraud

  Georgia elections chief: 'Emotional abuse' to mislead voters about fraud The top election official in Georgia on Wednesday raged at what he described as politicians giving false hope and ginning up anger over unsubstantiated allegations of systemic voter fraud, calling it “emotional abuse” to mislead voters into thinking that the election was stolen from President Trump. © The Hill Georgia elections chief: 'Emotional abuse' to mislead voters about fraud In an exclusive interview with The Hill, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a self-described "conservative Republican," declined to directly blame Trump for spreading baseless claims about voting machines altering ballots or "illegal" vot

Raffensperger said he has "fought to uphold the integrity of elections" in his state and that it doesn't matter where the attacks come from. The secretary , however, turned down a January offer to serve as an honorary co-chair of the Georgia Trump campaign, saying supporting the president publicly

It appears the Georgia vote recount is unlikely to significantly change results in the swing state . Observer access was one of the five major issues Shafer and Trump campaign representative Doug Collins brought up in a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday.

Raffensperger, a Republican who is Georgia's top election official, has been the subject of intense criticism by the Trump campaign since the state voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler — two Republicans who are seeking to defend their seats in January runoff elections — have called for him to resign.


Video: 'Numbers don't lie' - Biden wins GA after recount (Reuters - US Video Online)

Raffensperger recently accused Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina of asking him whether he could disqualify thousands of mail-in ballots over mismatched signatures. Ethics experts have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether Graham "threatened anyone with a Senate investigation of the Georgia vote tally."

In a column for USA Today this week, Raffensperger said that Georgia's election count was "wildly successful and smooth" and that Trump, who he said he and his family had voted for, was throwing them "under the bus."

On November 26, 2018, exactly two years before Trump's remarks Thursday, he endorsed Raffensperger for the role of Georgia secretary of state, tweeting that he would be "fantastic" and "great for jobs."

Georgia certified Biden's victory last week despite a legal challenge from the Trump campaign. The president-elect won by 12,670 votes.

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'Fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation': Georgia official says Trump supporters misled .
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pushed back at new conspiracy theories as the state prepares to finish its recount of the election."Truth matters, especially around election administration," Raffensperger, a Republican who is under fire from the president, said before announcing that officials are on schedule to finish the latest recount by the end of Wednesday.

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