Still attacking 2020 race, Trump tells Georgia to reverse defeat
There is a certain irony in the circumstances. Among Donald Trump’s many problems is an ongoing criminal investigation in Georgia, where members of a grand jury are examining evidence of the former president’s alleged efforts to intervene in the state’s vote count in 2020.
CNN reported last week that state criminal investigators “have quietly conducted interviews, collected documents and worked to establish a line of communication with congressional investigators as they aim to build a case against” and Trump .
It is in this context that the former president sent a further letter to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State on Friday, making further efforts to intervene in the state’s vote count in 2020. The letter from Trump, which was largely just a long paragraph, read in part:
Large-scale voter fraud continues to be reported in Georgia. Attached is a report of 43,000 missing ballot votes counted in DeKalb County which broke chain of custody rules, making them invalid. I would respectfully request your department to verify this and, if true, along with many other allegations of voter fraud and electoral irregularities, initiate the process of revoking the 2020 election, or whatever appropriate legal remedy, and announce the real winner. ”
He added that unidentified “people” do not understand why Raffensperger and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp “categorically refuse to acknowledge the now proven facts.”
For those keeping track, the last presidential election was held 321 days ago. Four months ago, House Republicans ousted Liz Cheney from her leadership position, complaining that she wasn’t walking away fast enough from the 2020 race. And that was late last week. when Trump urged the Georgian Secretary of State to “decertify” the state’s election results so that the candidate who lost the state can be declared “the real winner.”
To the extent that reality makes sense, a Washington Post analysis examined the “report” Trump was referring to and found it both baseless and “embarrassing.” The findings were hardly surprising: the former president’s own letter acknowledged that the alleged evidence may not be true.
It was also hard not to laugh at the remedy proposed by Trump: he wants Georgia to embrace his absurd claims and overturn the election results – “or whatever the right legal recourse.”
The former president clearly did not invest much energy in researching the matter before sending this letter.
But let’s not forget the larger context: A growing number of Republican voters have concluded that President Joe Biden did not win the election, damn it. A growing number of GOP-led legislatures are carrying out crazy “inquiries” into their states’ election results, all in pursuit of transparent nonsense. The National Guard even had to be on standby over the weekend in case radicalized Trump supporters turned violent while celebrating those who attacked the Capitol on January 6.
Yes, Trump is obviously peddling laughable lies. And yes, it is very pitiful to see a former president humiliate himself like this. But there is a larger context to the Republican antics, and it undermines the health of our political system, about which Trump is indifferent.