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GOP Overreacts to Washington Post Correction On Trump’s GA Calls

The Washington Post has issued a correction to an earlier story that had quoted Donald Trump, while still in office, as instructing a Georgia election official “find the fraud” in the state, after audio of the phone call between them was released. State officials located the recording on a trash folder on a device belonging to Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger while responding to a public records request, the Post reported.

The Post had reported in early January that while on the call Trump made on December 23, 2020, he said that Watson should “find the fraud,” and that she would be a “national hero,” according to Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state. However, Trump did not say either of those things.

US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“Instead,” the correction reads, “Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting that she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. He also told her that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now.’”

The full correction reads as follows:

Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source. Trump did not tell the investigator to “find the fraud” or say she would be “a national hero” if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find “dishonesty” there. He also told her that she had “the most important job in the country right now.” A story about the recording can be found here. The headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump.

If you read that statement carefully, the Washington Post only corrects a quote that had been falsely attributed to Trump. But his remaining loyalists are taking it as a full retraction instead of the correction that it is, employing the social media tactic of ignoring the facts as long as they get the clickbait clicks.

Despite CNN’s in-house fact checker weighing in, don’t expect the GOP narrative on this to change now that they’ve decided what it is.



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