The Washington Post published the phone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
They characterized the conversation as President Trump “pressuring” Raffensperger. However, what the president did was warn Raffensperger. Interestingly, the president’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says upfront that there are many people on the line. So President Trump knew what he said would be disseminated to the media.
Ask yourself why the president would do this? I’m pretty sure I have the answer.
Still, WaPo wrote that Raffensperger and other officials on the call pushed back on the president’s claims. Still, they say that Trump insisted that Raffensperger and his staff take action on vote fraud allegations.
“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong,” Raffensperger says. “We have to stand by our numbers; we believe our numbers are right.”
“So, tell me, Brad. What are we going to do? We won the election and it’s not fair to take it away from us like this. And it’s going to be very costly in many ways,” Trump concludes.
“The people of Georgia know that this was a scam, and because of what you’ve done to the president, a lot of people aren’t going out to vote [in the Tuesday runoff elections],” Trump elaborated. “A lot of Republicans are going to vote negative because they hate what you did to the president.”
“Everyone’s going to look very good if the truth comes out,” Trump added, finally. “And the real truth is I won by 400,000 votes at least. That’s the real truth.”
There it was. The president gave the hint that he knows the exact number. “That’s the real truth.”
You can bet that Trump didn’t pull that number from betwixt his buttocks. That number gave a glimpse of what is to come.
Again, I say to people reading this, Trump issued a warning to Raffensperger and others in Georgia that he knows the truth. He knows the real numbers. Thus, they need to get right with God!
The president, clearly unsatisfied with the call, referenced it on Twitter Sunday morning, accusing Raffensperger of turning a blind eye to corruption.
“I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more. He has no clue!” the president said on social media.
“He has no clue!”. That’s not the president accusing Raffensberger of being obtuse. That’s the president saying to Raffensberger that he has no clue what Team Trump knows and will prove.
I noted a few other hints that Trump is warning GA and other states. For example, he says outright to the Georgia officials:
“I’m notifying you that you’re letting it [voter fraud] happen.”
And there were multiple instances where the president got the Georgia official on records of willfully ignoring voter fraud. In those instances, he further intimated that these were criminal offenses.
The president warned Raffensperger and his attorney that both were taking “big risks”.
I contend that President Trump made that phone call to get what he needed to say on the record. But perhaps more importantly, he wanted the Georgia officials on the record.
What happens next is what we will all find out is a few days.