Brad Raffensperger is the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, and he’s making it clear that he’s had enough of President Donald Trump’s insistence that something was amiss in the Peach State the led to Georgia going for Joe Biden, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has done so since 1992.
In a stinging op-ed he wrote for USA Today, Raffensperger notes that his state did an extraordinary job of conducting an election in the midst of a global pandemic:
“Like Americans in every other state, Georgians went to the ballot box on and in the weeks leading up to Nov. 3; to cast their vote for president, for senator, or maybe just the local town council.
“A record 1.3 million voters cast ballots absentee by mail here. Another 2.7 million cast ballots in-person during Georgia’s gold-standard three weeks of early voting. Around 1 million waited on lines averaging a miniscule 3 minutes on Election Day.”
And then the secretary of state directly addresses the accusations made against him and others in Georgia by Trump and members of his legal team:
“By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election. We finally defeated voting lines and put behind us Fulton County’s now notorious reputation for disastrous elections. This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost. For those wondering, mine lost — my family voted for him, donated to him and are now being thrown under the bus by him.”
Raffensperger ends with an ominous warning to anyone who wants to try and undermine American elections:
“Elections are the bedrock of our democracy. They need to be run fairly and, perhaps more important, impartially. That’s not partisan. That’s just American. Yet some don’t seem to see it that way.”
If Donald Trump had won the election, he would have hailed the results. When he lost, he immediately began whining about the vote being rigged. It’s the same thing he did prior to the 2016 election.
The election is over with. Donald Trump is on the way out. Joe Biden is the new president. End of story.
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