Donald Trump's Georgia call possibly illegal.

Trump’s tactics in Georgia call are straight from the white supremacy handbook

I felt a growing sadness as I listened to a recording of Donald Trump begging, bullying, cajoling, and threatening Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in an attempt to make him do something he can’t — overturn Trump’s loss in the presidential race, via the state now poised to send a historic rebuke to the GOP’s exclusionary politics.

Others, including former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and former federal prosecutor Elie Honig, have said the president’s roughly hour-long call to Raffensperger, published by the Washington Post, could expose the president to state and federal charges of election fraud. In listening to what Trump said, I thought Bharara and others were right.

“But they are shredding ballots, in my opinion, based on what I’ve heard,” Trump told Raffensperger as lawyers and staffers listened in. “And they are removing machinery, and they’re moving it as fast as they can, both of which are criminal finds. And you can’t let it happen, and you are letting it happen. You know, I mean, I’m notifying you that you’re letting it happen. 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.”

Finding almost 12,000 votes sounded like something out of a mob movie. For me, though, it was about much more than the seemingly illegal nature of Trump’s actions. It was the fact that otherwise rational people would entertain the kind of foolishness that Trump has put forth concerning an election he lost by more than seven million votes.

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Photo by NASA HQ: President Donald Trump makes call. Creative Commons License

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