It's a disaster. Look. Here's the problem. . . . [T]hey cheated like nobody's ever cheated before. And I don't care how long it takes me, you know, we're going to have other states coming forward — pretty good.But I won't … this is never … this is … We have some incredible talent said they've never seen anything … Now the problem is they need more time for the big numbers. But they're very substantial numbers. But I think you're going to find that they — by the way, a little information, I think you're going to find that they are shredding ballots [Trump claims 3,000 pounds of ballots were shredded] because they have to get rid of the ballots because the ballots are unsigned. The ballots are corrupt, and they're brand new and they don't have a seal and there's the whole thing with the ballots. But the ballots are corrupt.And you are going to find that they are — which is totally illegal, it is more illegal for you than it is for them because, you know what they did and you're not reporting it. That's a criminal, that's a criminal offense. And you can't let that happen. That's a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer. And that's a big risk. But they are shredding ballots, in my opinion, based on what I've heard. And they are removing machinery and they're moving it as fast as they can, both of which are criminal finds. And you can't let it happen and you are letting it happen. You know, I mean, I'm notifying you that you're letting it happen. So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.And flipping the state is a great testament to our country because, you know, this is — it's a testament that they can admit to a mistake or whatever you want to call it. If it was a mistake, I don't know. A lot of people think it wasn't a mistake. It was much more criminal than that. But it's a big problem in Georgia and it's not a problem that's going away. I mean, you know, it's not a problem that's going away.
Carl Bernstein says the Georgia #trumptapes is "far worse" worse than Watergate and argues that Republicans should be lining up to demand Trump resign for trying to instigate a "coup" pic.twitter.com/sCAyjJBj1j— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) January 3, 2021
President Trump urged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, to "find" enough votes to overturn his defeat in an extraordinary one-hour phone call Saturday that election experts said raised legal questions.The Washington Post obtained a recording of the conversation in which Trump alternately berated Raffensperger, tried to flatter him, begged him to act and threatened him with vague criminal consequences if the secretary of state refused to pursue his false claims, at one point warning that Raffensperger was taking "a big risk."Throughout the call, Raffensperger and his office's general counsel rejected Trump's assertions, explaining that the president is relying on debunked conspiracy theories and that President-elect Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.Trump dismissed their arguments."The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," he said. "And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated."Raffensperger responded: "Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong."At another point, Trump said: "So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state."The rambling and at times incoherent conversation offered a remarkable glimpse of how consumed and desperate the president remains about his loss, unwilling or unable to let the matter go and still believing he can reverse the results in enough battleground states to remain in office."There's no way I lost Georgia," Trump said, a phrase he repeated again and again on the call. "There's no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes." . . .
During their conversation, Trump issued a vague threat to both Raffensperger and Ryan Germany, the secretary of state's general counsel, suggesting that if they don't find that thousands of ballots in Fulton County have been illegally destroyed to block investigators — an allegation for which there is no evidence — they would be subject to criminal liability. . . .
Throughout the call, Trump detailed an exhaustive list of disinformation and conspiracy theories to support his position. He claimed without evidence that he had won Georgia by at least a half-million votes. He floated a barrage of assertions that have been investigated and disproved: that thousands of dead people voted; that an Atlanta election worker scanned 18,000 forged ballots three times each and "100 percent" were for Biden; that thousands more voters living out of state came back to Georgia illegally just to vote in the election.
"So tell me, Brad, what are we going to do? We won the election, and it's not fair to take it away from us like this," Trump said. "And it's going to be very costly in many ways. And I think you have to say that you're going to reexamine it, and you can reexamine it, but reexamine it with people that want to find answers, not people who don't want to find answers."
Trump did most of the talking on the call. He was angry and impatient, calling Raffensperger a "child" and "either dishonest or incompetent" for not believing there was widespread ballot fraud in Atlanta . . .
He also took aim at Kemp's 2018 opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, trying to shame Raffensperger with the idea that his refusal to embrace fraud has helped her and Democrats generally. "Stacey Abrams is laughing about you," he said. "She's going around saying, 'These guys are dumber than a rock.'" . . .
The secretary of state repeatedly sought to push back, saying at one point, "Mr. President, the problem you have with social media, they — people can say anything."
"Oh this isn't social media," Trump retorted. "This is Trump media. It's not social media. It's really not. It's not social media. I don't care about social media. I couldn't care less." . . .
It was clear from the call that Trump has surrounded himself with aides who have fed his false perceptions that the election was stolen.
BREAKING: Rudy Giuliani, Lin Wood, and Trump to sue Alexander Graham Bell for inventing the telephone and helping Raffensperger to make #TrumpTapes— Exploding Trumppopotamus Singh MD 🌊 (@LabyrinthWeaver) January 3, 2021
He never wanted this job anyway, and now that you're taking it away from him, he wants it even more. The next 17 days are going to be so traumatic for everyone.— Mike Bravo (@TarablusHurra) January 3, 2021
“And there’s nothing wrong with saying....you recalculated”— The Godfather of 1690 (@ThatsFare) January 3, 2021
This is most damning part of the call. He is trying to feed them a public statement for lying about changing the vote total.
I wonder if Trump realizes he may have just torpedoed Josh Hawley's criminal scheme, with his own criminal scheme. Hard for Hawley to keep yelling about election fraud now..when it's so blindingly obvious that it's the Republicans carrying out the crimes.— David Frost 🇳🇿 (@davidfrostnz) January 3, 2021