Tensions Erupt in Georgia Between David Perdue and Brad Raffensperger as Donald Trump Pits Republican Against Republican
Senator David Perdue (R-GA) complained on Fox News on Monday that it was “inappropriate” and “disgusting” for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to have recorded President Donald Trump demanding that he rig the 2020 election in his favor.
“That’s what the Democrats want,” Perdue told America’s Newsroom. “That’s what they’ve been talking and that’s why this is so confusing … It would give them total control if they win these two seats. My logic is this. If you voted in November for Donald Trump you need to stand up and fight. Fight with the rest of us trying to get him a fair accounting in the state and vote tomorrow.”
Perdue claimed that “a lot of people in Georgia and 75 million Americans I think align with him right now that something untoward happened here in Georgia and we have not gotten to the bottom of it, adding that “I’ve been calling for weeks to object to the electors, because in the state of Georgia I don’t believe we should have certified the election yet.”
Perdue then whined about Raffensperger having recorded his chat with Trump, which any sane person would have done in the shadow of Trump’s impeachment-triggering call with the President of Ukraine in 2019.
“I guess I was raised differently,” said Perdue. “To have a statewide elected official, regardless of party, tape without disclosing a conversation — a private conversation — with the president of the United States, and then leaking it to the press, is disgusting.”
Georgia is a “one-party” consent state, which means that recording a private conversation is permissible as long as one of the participants agrees to it.
Recall that in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Perdue and his Republican counterpart in the Senate, Kelly Loeffler, personally profited off of sketchy stock swaps instead of warning the public about the seriousness of the crisis.
Perdue is currently self-quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.
Perdue, who along with Loeffler is fighting for his political life ahead of Tuesday’s runoff elections, urged residents of his state to “fight” for Trump’s dead cause.
“The eyes of America and I believe the eyes of the world are on the people of Georgia,” Perdue said. “It is up to us, our responsibility, not just a right to vote, it is a responsibility. If you are upset as I am about what happened in November, the only alternative you have is stand up and fight.”
Then, on Monday afternoon, the chasm which Trump has hewn inside the Georgia Republican establishment became even more distended when Raffensperger excoriated Perdue’s loyalty to Trump, which he says has placed his family in danger.
“Perdue still owes my wife an apology for all the death threats she got after he asked for my resignation. I have not heard one peep from that man since. If he wants to call me, face to face, man to man, I’ll talk to him, off the record. But he hasn’t done that,” Raffensperger told Martha McCallum.
He added that his spat with Trump is “really about getting the facts out, because we just did a press release today. President Trump probably had eight to ten points. Every one of his numbers were wrong, and we have a poster board of all the different numbers – the actual numbers, the real numbers – what we have, versus what they have. And our numbers will be supported in a court of law. Their numbers will not be.”
"Purdue still owes my wife an apology for all the death threats she got after he asked for my resignation. I have not heard one peep from that man since. If he wants to call me, face to face, man to man, I'll talk to him, off the record. But he hasn't done that" — Raffensperger pic.twitter.com/lnCU0nKkZn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 4, 2021
Indeed, that was the case on Monday when Judge James Boasberg of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia butchered a Republican lawsuit in Wisconsin claiming that Vice President Mike Pence has the authority to declare Trump as the winner of the 2020 election, overruling the Electoral College, Congress, and the American people.
Boasberg admonished the Wisconsin Voter Alliance for having “not provided proof of notice to any Defendant, let alone filed a single proof of service” to corroborate Trump’s voter fraud delusions.