Trump, now facing prosecution, tried to call Raffensperger 18 times before Saturday’s chat, says report

Trump attacked Raffensperger in a tweet, writing that he was “unwilling, or unable, to answer” questions about his false claims of widespread voter fraud


Daily Beast: President Donald Trump’s now-notorious call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was the 19th time the White House had tried to reach the state official since the election, NBC News reports.

According to reporters Julia Jester and Geoff Bennett, Trump finally made contact on Saturday after 18 unsuccessful attempts—and then went on to urge Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Trump’s election defeat in the state.

The secretary of state reportedly told his staff that he didn’t want their recording of the call to be released unless Trump went on to attack state officials or publicly lie about what had been discussed.

However, before The Washington Post published the recording Sunday, Trump attacked Raffensperger in a tweet, writing that he was “unwilling, or unable, to answer” questions about his false claims of widespread voter fraud and that he “has no clue!”


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  1. It’s all been laid bare. We now have some idea of the shock Colonel Vindman must have experienced, listening in on the infamous Zelensky call. The difference: this time we hear for ourselves. One effect is that any respect I had for the House Impeachment Managers has now become profound respect.
    What comes across even more precisely than Trump’s unabashed corruption here, is his self-immolating stupidity! It all fits: his penchant for fast food, the constant childish tweets, the aversion to reading (briefings, or anything else, for that matter), inordinate amounts of time spent watching TV. Can’t help think of the newspaperman and author, H.L Mencken’s observation, “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.

    • It is very easy and tempting to lay blame for Trumps anointment to the ‘Throne’ on the ‘plain folks of the land”. This is constantly portrayed in the media. I have to beg to differ. 95% of my conservative friends are all in on the “moron”. And very few are “plain folks”. The plain folks wave the Trump flags and wear the hats but the well healed conservatives foot the bill in the dark. In Utah only the rural and ‘west siders’ dare to show their support of Trump. The vast majority voted for him.

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