On Friday, a Brookings Institution report said Donald Trump faces “substantial risk of possible state charges predicated on multiple crimes”. But that’s not stopping Trump from putting on another public performance for his base. The Former Guy will travel to Georgia on Saturday for a rally in part to support Herschel Walker, a controversial former NFL running back running to challenge the Democratic senator Raphael Warnock in midterm elections next year.
Warnock and another Democrat, Jonathan Ossoff, won Georgia’s two Senate seats in runoffs in January. Observers on both sides of the aisle said Trump’s claims of electoral fraud depressed Republican turnout. Final results in the runoffs were confirmed on January 6th, the same day Trump supporters he told to “fight like hell” stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn his defeat. In a radio interview, Trump also said Walker had jumped into the Senate race “at my behest”.
Last January, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger resisted pressure from Trump during a phone call to “find 11,780 votes” and thereby overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state. That demand, which was recorded, is at the heart of an investigation in Fulton county. Raffensperger has since received death threats and attracted a Trump-backed challenger. He also presided over a new state voting law widely seen as aimed at depressing turnout in communities likely to vote Democratic.
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Nonetheless, Raffensperger remains steadfast in his fight against Trump’s lie that Biden won the presidency illegally. On the eve of the rally in Perry, Georgia, told the Washington Examiner that despite all of his public posturing, Trump knows the truth about the 2020 Presidential election. “He’s going to come, and he’s going to say what he’s going to say, but he knows in his heart that he lost.”
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Trump continued to maintain the smokescreen, however. On Friday, he released numerous statements about events in Arizona. In one, perhaps tellingly, he called Republicans’ efforts there a “fraudit”. In another, he said: “I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona forensic audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the great state of Georgia rally, which will be packed!”
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Perhaps speaking for establishment Republicans across the US, Raffensperger seemed resigned to what was coming at the Trump rally in Perry. “We are not going to win that bullhorn argument,” he said.
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