During his post-courtroom speech at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump ripped into the Georgia investigation of his 2020 phone call with the Secretary of State, Brad Raffensberger. During that phone call, he argued that he had won by hundreds of thousands of votes and demanded Raffesnsberger find a way for the final vote count to reflect that. Specifically, he asked Raffensberger if he could “find” the votes needed to beat Joe Biden in the election, believing that votes for him were suppressed and votes for Biden were not. The Georgia investigation alleges that he and his campaign illegally meddled in the 2020 election.
During the speech, Trump argued that the phone call was “perfect” and ripped the Fulton County DA, Fani Willis, as “racist.” Speaking about the phone call during his speech, Trump said, “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.”
Continuing, he went on to compare his phone call with Raffensberger, which led to this investigation, to his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to his first impeachment, referring to it as an “even more perfect” phone call. In his words:
“This one was more perfect. Nobody said, ‘Sir, you shouldn’t say that’ — many people on the phone — or hung up in disgust because I said something inappropriately. Nothing was said wrong. In fact, at the end of the call, we agreed to continue our conversation about election fraud and election fraud specifically in Georgia.”
Continuing, he added that there were “lots of lawyers” on that call and that “nobody found anything wrong with that perfect phone call until a book promotion tour many months later.” But then it was ridiculously turned into a scandal: “All of the sudden, they say, ‘You know, I remember Trump making a call.’ Just look at that. This fake case was brought up only to interfere with the upcoming 2024 election and it should be dropped immediately.”
This comes amidst the Manhattan DA’s attack on Trump, alleging that he “falsified business records” 34 times and needs to be locked up over the matter. Even CNN’s Van Jones admitted that its a weak case, or as he put it, a “small pebble,” saying:
“I worry. Look, if this is the only pebble that gets thrown at Donald Trump, it’s a very small pebble. If it’s the first pebble in an avalanche of other indictments that strike more to the heart of — I think people’s core concern about Donald Trump, which is his threat to democracy. So, this is the first pebble and the next one is about election interference in Georgia, the next one is about the coup, the insurrection, January 6, the next one’s about him hoarding these documents and why, then it begins to fit. But if this is the only pebble, it’s not much of a pebble. And I do think it could — the backlash against this pebble might cow other people who might otherwise have been courageous enough to step forward.”
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