Bob Bauer, a senior legal advisor to the Biden/Harris team has issued a statement reacting to the release of an audiotape of Donald Trump attempting to shake down the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find 11,780 more votes for the 2016 and 2020 Popular Vote Loser that would allow Individual One to prevail in that state.
“We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place. It captures the whole, disgraceful story about Donald Trump’s assault on American democracy.”
Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, at a rally for the two Democratic Senate Candidates in Georgia, said Trump’s phone call was:
“The voice of desperation — most certainly that…And it was a bald, baldfaced, bold abuse of power by the President of the United States.”
Vice President-Elect Harris and Mr. Bauer are right. What the Chief Executive Demagogue-Aspiring Duce is doing and his Trump Zone enablers are doing is an abuse of power and is an assault on Democracy.
Mr. Trump’s call is definitely impeachable (he obviously did not learn the lessons from the Ukraine Call.) Many may consider it treasonous, seditious, and probably criminal. Self-serving Republican leadership in Congress should finally grow spines and attempt to make Trump resign before he does more damage to the country.
People should wonder how many other Republicans in other swing states Trump is calling with this pitch?
Please click here to read the transcript and/or listen to the phone call.
Among the other reactions that have been published to this shakedown call.
Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer:
Hey @SenTedCruz and his gang:
You want to investigate election fraud? Start with this: https://t.co/u3K1ijtfCx
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 3, 2021
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin:
This disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official into deliberately changing & misrepresenting the legally confirmed vote totals in his state strikes at the heart of our democracy and merits nothing less than a criminal investigation. https://t.co/de6VR3pYg5
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 3, 2021
Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake:
After the past four years, it's tough to be shocked by anything @realDonaldTrump does. But hearing him ask a Republican Secretary of State to "find votes" to overturn an election that he lost is truly jarring – and sickening.https://t.co/e9dAQz8aGP
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 3, 2021
Democratic House Representative Adam Schiff:
Trump’s contempt for democracy is laid bare. Once again. On tape.
Pressuring an election official to “find” the votes so he can win is potentially criminal,
And another flagrant abuse of power by a corrupt man who would be a despot, if we allowed him.
We will not. https://t.co/YH7VtLJn3x
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 3, 2021
Republican House Representative Adam Kinzinger:
This is absolutely appalling. To every member of Congress considering objecting to the election results, you cannot- in light of this- do so with a clean conscience. #RestoreOurGOP https://t.co/5UzrK4G0Jn
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 3, 2021
No statements from major Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy or Mitch McConnell.
It is time for the love of country to find its way back to the hearts of those Republicans that have enabled or been seduced by Trumpism.
It is time to shun the seditious Trumpist Black Shirts (the true believers and opportunists) and defeat them in Georgia on Tuesday and in future elections.
Consign them to the dustbin of history where they belong but never forget them or what they did to destroy this country and tear the people apart.
Remember them as a warning lesson for when the next Trump wannabe surfaces.