The lifelong traditionalist Republican pursues pro-business policies, but Biden’s resounding defeat by Trump broke the alliance.
“The Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, is back in the news after a scathing take on Trump was released by The Washington Post urging him to “find votes” that might help reverse the victory of Joe Biden.
In 2018, Trump supported the lifelong Republican as “tough on crime and borders” and someone who “loves our military and [veterans],” but his effort to compel him to change the election result of his state gives the Trump presidency a dramatic final act.
Trump repeatedly tried to get Raffensperger to confirm unsubstantiated allegations of election meddling in an hour-long phone call Saturday. Trump said, “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that they’ve recalculated.”
Raffensperger replied, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.” in a cool, dry tone that he has become known for.
In Georgia, long a Republican stronghold, two recounts showed that Biden had prevailed by around 13,000 votes.
Meanwhile, in the disputed states, the Trump campaign lost the vast majority of its voter fraud cases.
A 65-year-old industrialist with a building background, Raffensperger was a lifelong Republican traditionalist with pro-business policies who vowed to minimize government size and slash regulations.
He helped Trump in his 2016 drive into politics.
But Biden’s bitter defeat by Trump broke the alliance when the U.S. president declared the “enemy of the people.” his party member.
Following the president’s attacks, Republicans are split. Georgia’s two Republican senators, both of whom are running in runoffs against Democrats, have called on Raffensperger to resign.
The secretary of state has remained composed throughout, telling the Guardian in November that he even wished Trump would win.
But because he was unwilling to bow to Trump’s demands, Raffensperger and his family have been threatened. A message sent to his wife Tricia’s private cell phone read, “Your husband deserves to face a firing squad.”
Raffensperger has kept his cool since the leaked call over the weekend.
Responding to a tweet from Trump accusing him of having “no idea,” the secretary of state said, “With all due respect, President Trump: what you are saying is not true. The truth will come out.”