As Georgia’s US Senate races head to Jan. 5 runoffs, the state’s GOP secretary of state continues to debunk the lies being pushed by President Trump as well as GOP Sens. Loeffler and Perdue.
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, fact-checked President Trump on Facebook Sunday, repeatedly debunking Trump’s continued lies about a rigged presidential election.
Raffensperger’s information-packed offensive against the president hasn’t been his only battle since Election Day. He has also been criticized by Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue (R-Ga.), who are both facing run-off elections on Jan. 5 that could determine control of the US Senate.
Loeffler and Perdue called on Raffensperger to resign, but didn’t refer to any specific wrong-doings committed by the secretary of state. Raffensperger called their request “laughable.”
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The secretary of state’s fact-checking spree included an article from the Associated Press debunking Trump’s false claims that Georgia did not check absentee voter signatures against previous records. Raffensperger also offered proof that Dominion Voting Systems is American owned and that Georgia had already banned ballot harvesting—speaking back to two of the president’s other favorite false narratives.
Meanwhile, Trump continued on Monday to complain about the election results on Twitter, yet again offering no evidence to back up his claims of fraud.
At the same time, more and more members of the GOP and Trump’s own administration appear to be acknowledging the reality that Trump lost the Nov. 3 election. Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, told a conference on global security on Monday morning that it looked like President-elect Joe Biden had won the election, and that any transition would be orderly.
“Look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner—and obviously things look that way now—we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” O’Brien said.
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And as O’Brien spoke, more bad news emerged for Trump Monday, after a GOP lawyer and plaintiffs withdrew cases in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
That prompted Rick Hasen, an elections expert and law professor at UC Irvine, to write, “There is no path for the Trump campaign to overturn the results in a single state, much less states making up more than 36 electoral college votes.”
“Rudy Giuliani can say what he wants and the President can keep declaring that he’s won, but there’s no plausible legal way this election gets overturned,” Hasen wrote.