United States President, Donald Trump has been caught on record telling Georgia GOP Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, that he wants to “find votes”, while the Republican Party gears up for the critical special elections for the state’s seats in the Senate.
Following his 2020 presidential election loss, Trump has been on an endless tirade to discredit the election results and is haemorrhaging more and more allies by the day. However, after the electoral college certified the election results, Trump is beginning to run out of time, with little over two weeks until his term comes to an end.
And in his moments of desperation, Trump has now been caught on tape trying to steal the election with CNN and the Washington Post leaking audio of a telephone conversation between Trump and Georgia’s GOP Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger on Saturday.
“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,” Trump said in the recording, which could lead to legal ramifications in the future.
He had reportedly been pushing his staffers to get him on the phone with Raffensperger for weeks, with Georgia being one of the swing states that Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden.
Far more crucially, however, the phone call is the latest development in what appears to be a very clear fracture in the Republican Party, which is split between Trump loyalists and those who have jumped ship after Trump’s election loss and failed legal battles. And to pile on the misery for the GOP, Trump’s comments may disaffect Georgia voters who will be casting their ballots in the special election for Georgia’s Senate seats in two days.
GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are facing Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in runoff elections that could split the Senate down the middle in a 50-50 split, where the Vice President, Kamala Harris will cast the deciding vote on tied legislation.
This is a make or break moment for the Biden administration, before it has even began, because good results in Georgia would mean the Democratic Party will have control over both chambers of the House, as well as the White House.