Slate: On Saturday, in a phone call that might have been even more brazen than the one that got him impeached, Donald Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” for him in order to flip the state into his column in the presidential election.
During the hour-long call, which also included White House Chief of State Mark Meadows, Raffensperger’s general counsel Ryan Germany, and several election lawyers working for Trump, the president repeatedly insisted that he’d actually won Georgia, marshaling a number of falsehoods about voter fraud to support his claims. The Washington Post published a recording of the call as well as a transcript on Sunday.
Throughout the call, Raffensperger and Germany calmly rebutted each of Trump’s claims, versions of which they’ve apparently encountered as Trump, his campaign lawyers, and far-right media sources have insisted that the vote in the Peach State was fraudulent.
(In fact, there have been two hand recounts and a voter signature audit that affirmed Joe Biden won Georgia, as well as multiple lawsuits on behalf of Trump, some of which have failed and some of which are pending.) At one point, Raffensperger said, “Mr. President, the problem you have with social media, they—people can say anything,” to which Trump replied: “Oh, this isn’t social media. This is Trump media.”…read more as line by line, claim by claim, Trump is proven to be a worthless Russian controlled piece of steaming horse shit…