Georgia’s elections chief caught in GOP crosshairs

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Reporters on all levels are including in their reports that President Trump’s appeal on the election process in some states is without basis.  Yet, multiple news sources including, Newsmax’s Spicer & Co., report that during an election audit in Georgia, 2600 votes were not included.  Also, that during the same recount a woman auditor, 3 times, had to be corrected because she was giving Trump votes to Biden.  Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma states that, “there is a right to go to court for a couple of weeks, we have the right to ask legitimate questions, and it’s hypocritical, and it’s not rational” referring to the Democrat’s push to end the election.   Sean Spicer chimes in, “if we had a media that did their job and asked legitimate questions to all Senators we can get objective reporting, but apparently, because it wouldn’t help the Biden case, they can’t ask those questions.”  Democrats for the last 4 years have been claiming intervention by the Russians in the 2016 Election and after a lengthy and costly investigation (we all remember the Mueller Report) there was no evidence.  Here is a segment of Max Greenwood’s article in The Hill, where contrary to his report, other sources are finding voter irregularities: 

Georgia’s top elections official has found himself in the middle of a political firestorm as Republicans step up attacks on him amid President Trump’s refusal to concede the election.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has repeatedly and forcefully defended his office’s handling of the election, pushing back on false claims of widespread voting irregularities and systemic fraud by Trump, who narrowly lost the state to President-elect Joe Biden.

That push-back has earned him the ire of the president and his allies, including Georgia’s two Republican senators, who have accused Raffensperger of mismanaging the election and called on him to resign.

The attacks on Raffensperger, a Republican himself, aren’t without a political purpose.

Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) are both facing competitive runoff elections against well-funded Democrats in January. Their ardent defenses of Trump’s fraud claims and willingness to attack Raffensperger reflect the belief that breaking with the president could mean alienating his loyal voter base, whose support they will need to win their runoffs.

“The base vote here is conservative – it’s for Trump,” one veteran GOP operative in Georgia said. “They’re making a bet that sticking with the president will pay off and if that means throwing another Republican under the bus, they’ll do that.”

Raffensperger took the extraordinary step last week of ordering a hand recount of nearly 5 million ballots, a move that he said would “help build confidence” in the election results but one that Democrats decried as a capitulation to Trump and his allies.

But Raffensperger has denied that his decision to initiate a recount was influenced by outside pressure. Indeed, he has fought back against the criticism from within his own party.

He has refused the calls for his resignation and on Monday accused fellow Republicans of pressuring him to toss out legally case ballots in an effort to swing the state’s election results in Trump’s favor.

  • 11/17/2020
  • Max Greenwood