Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Voting System Implementation Manager, speaks at a news conference on January 4, 2021, at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia.
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President Donald Trump made a series of claims during his controversial phone call to force Georgia’s Secretary of State to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there, a senior election official said Monday.
Georgia’s voting system enforcement manager, Gabriel Sterling, at one point refuted Trump’s allegations at a news conference, which came two days after he was “discovered” during an unprecedented hour-long phone call to Trump’s secretary of state, Brad Rafansperger. The president gave enough votes to defeat Biden.
During that call, which officials recorded on Raffinsperger’s office fees, Trump made a series of claims about irregularities in voting in Georgia’s presidential election, which he said Biden won unjustly.
The president and his allies have made similar allegations elsewhere, including Fallon, minors and the dead who are believed to be voting.
“There’s a reason I’m here today, there are people in positions of power and honor who have said their votes weren’t counted, and that’s not true,” Sterling said.
“And I’ll go do it again, and I’ll go through all this, ‘anti-Monday protests.’ “
“It’s all simply, obviously wrong,” said S Bhela Sterling, next to a chart called “Claim vs. Fact” with two lines below each of these words.
“Nevertheless, the presidency continues and in doing so the system undermines the confidence of the Germans in the electoral system, especially the Republican Georgians in this case.”
Sterling also said Trump campaign lawyers deliberately misled the public with claims that the video showed Biden being rigged during the ballot count.
Sterling suggested that Trump’s allegations could hurt the prospects of Republican objects David Purdue and Kelly Lofler in Tuesday’s election for Georgia’s seats in the U.S. Senate, where he will face tough challenges from Democrats John Osof and Rafael Warnock, respectively.
G.O.P. Leaders are concerned that Trump’s claims of widespread ballot fraud in Georgia, and support for the President’s rhetoric from Perdue and Lofler, could reduce turnout among Republican voters.
Sterling urged voters to vote for Tuesday’s race, even if they were concerned about the integrity of the election.
“I do not accept that a large number of voters were deceived, because there is not. But if you believe in your heart that there is, the best thing for you is to go out and vote and make it difficult.” For, ”he said.
The claims made by Trump and his allies sparked a furious fire.
“I will admit, when I heard the audio [Trump’s] Phone call … I wanted to scream, well I screamed at the computer, and I talked about it in my car, on the radio, because it’s debunked, “Sterling said.
“None of the Dominion voting machines are changing parts or pieces,” Sterling said, citing nearby charts and Trump’s allegations.
“That’s it, that’s it – I don’t even know what that means. That’s not the real thing,” Sterling added.
“There’s not a piece of ballet going on. It’s not real.”
The phone call to Trump’s Fansperger sparked speculation that the president could be prosecuted for trying to influence a state official to change the election results.
Asked if the Secretary of State, who was not present at the press conference, would ask Georgia’s attorney general or local district attorney to investigate Trump’s call, Sterling said, “I don’t know.”
“I’ll leave it to others to decide,” Sterling was asked if the phone call was an attack on democracy. “I personally felt it was out of place, not normal, and I don’t know who the president would have the secretary of state do something like that.”
“Trump probably had eight to 10 points [during the call], Every number of it was wrong, “Raffensperg said during a controversial Fox News interview on Monday.” Our numbers will be supported in the court of law. They will not have numbers. “
Congress is scheduled to meet Wednesday to certify Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. A number of GOPs have been set up to challenge the outcome of many battlefields. An attempt by senators and members of the House, which said Biden won, is expected to fail.