Former President Donald Trump requested that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger begin the process of “decertifying” the 2020 election in a letter sent on Friday.
The twice-impeached former president continued to falsely claim in the letter, which was uploaded on Twitter by spokeswoman Liz Harrington, that he was the victim of “voter fraud” in Georgia, despite the fact that no credible investigation has found any evidence of fraud.
If the allegations are accurate, Trump has requested Raffensperger to investigate them and “if true… start the process of decertifying the Election, or whatever the correct legal remedy is, and announce the true winner.”
“People do not understand why you and Governor Brian Kemp fiercely refuse to admit the now proven facts,” Trump continued.
In fact, no charges of widespread voter fraud have been proven true in Georgia, and the Trump campaign’s efforts to have the election results annulled were all dismissed in court.
Reading the letter it is pretty clear that Trump believes his own lies and that proof of voter fraud is out there. The first sentence of his letter reads: “Large scale Voter Fraud continues to be reported in Georgia.”
“Enclosed is a report of 43,000 Absentee Ballot Votes Counted in DeKalb County that violated the Chain of Custody rules, making them invalid,” the letter continues. After that, he helpfully suggests, Raffensperger can “start the process of decertifying the Election, or whatever the correct legal remedy is” — a funny addendum since there is no such remedy even if one were warranted.
And none of them are justified in this case. Trump’s “Chain of Custody” allegation is based on a report published by Georgia Star-News, a pro-Trump website.
President Donald J. Trump's letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pic.twitter.com/RrFWVWsLT0
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 17, 2021
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Trump doesn’t even allege there was any fraud because there isn’t any proof of it. He basically says something along the lines of, “Don’t you seeing all this fraud?” and then requests that Raffensperger invalidate the entire election as a result of the deficiencies on those forms. It isn’t even a Hail Mary prayer. It’s the equivalent of showing up on the field the day after the Super Bowl and yelling at your opponent for being offsides.
It’s also worth noting that there’s no proof that anything unusual occurred in DeKalb County. Georgia voted nearly five points more Democratic in 2017 than it did in 2016, roughly paralleling the movement witnessed in Kansas (where Trump has spent no energy accusing people of fraud). Trump went from losing by 63.5 points to 67.4 points in DeKalb County last year, a change of 3.9 points away from Trump — less than the state as a whole. If you believe that all 43,000 votes went to Biden, which is a stretch, DeKalb County would have become more Trump-friendly than it was in 2016.