Former President Donald Trump continues to be making an attempt to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, greater than 9 months after he misplaced ― and in the future earlier than a deliberate rally in help of the varied folks charged for the lethal Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
On Friday, the previous president despatched a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger with extra claims of voter fraud ― despite the fact that thorough efforts to root out alleged voter fraud within the state, and throughout the nation, have come up empty. The Republican state officers who oversaw the election have repeatedly mentioned that Trump’s claims of widespread fraud in Georgia are false.
In Friday’s dispatch, Trump cited a put up on Georgia Star News, a pro-Trump web site launched within the days after the November election that’s a part of a wider community of pro-Trump websites. Steve Bannon, a former Trump aide, described the location as “very populist,” “very nationalist” and “very MAGA,” NPR reported.
The web site claims that it obtained paperwork in response to an open data request that confirmed greater than 43,000 DeKalb County ballots had not been processed appropriately.
“It’s an absurd claim,” Emory University political science Professor Alan Abramowitz advised HuffPost.
“The results in DeKalb were entirely consistent with the results in other counties in Georgia and with the results of earlier elections in DeKalb,” Abramowitz wrote in an e-mail. “A disparity of that magnitude would be very obvious.”
Nevertheless, Trump demanded that the state secretary of state look into the declare, writing that Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) are “doing a tremendous disservice to the Great State of Georgia, and to our Nation ― which is systematically being destroyed by an illegitimate president.”
Raffensperger’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In the wake of the 2020 election, Trump repeatedly attacked Raffensperger and Kemp as he sought to cling to the presidency. He went as far as to attempt bullying Raffensperger into overturning the outcomes of the election in his favor, saying in a Jan. 2 cellphone name with Raffensperger and different officers that he “just want[ed] to find 11,780 votes.”
Raffensperger didn’t acquiesce to Trump’s calls for, telling the president on the time, “We don’t agree that you have won.” Just just a few days later, Trump held a rally exterior the White House that whipped his followers right into a frenzy, sparking the large Capitol Hill riot that left a number of folks useless.
A rally in help of the a whole bunch of people that have been charged with varied crimes in connection to the riot is slated for Saturday in Washington, D.C., the place legislation enforcement is already beefing up safety as a precaution.
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