- In an unusual phone call, incumbent US President Donald Trump urged a subsequent change in the result in the state of Georgia.
- In the one-hour conversation, the 74-year-old asked the state secretary responsible for holding the election to “find” enough votes for him and “recalculate” the result.
- The -Washington Post published parts of a recording of the conversation on Sunday.
- Other US media, including the AP news agency, later reported the content of the call.
The -US president later wrote about the conversation on Twitter and insulted his party colleagues as “clueless”.
“ What you say is not true”
“I just want to find 11,780 votes … because we won the state,” he said, according to the recording. There is nothing wrong with saying that the state secretary has recalculated the votes, said Trump. According to the Washington Post, Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows and lawyers for the Republican also took part in the phone call.
“ Brazen abuse of power”
The -final result changed only slightly even after two recounts; there was no evidence of election fraud.
The -goals of the future President Joe Biden in the next two years will be decided on January 5th in the US state of Georgia. Two races for seats in the powerful US Senate remained open in the elections on November 3 due to a lack of clear results.
The -Democrats were able to hold the majority in the House of Representatives; to control the US Senate, they have to win both runoff elections in Georgia because the Republicans have already secured 50 of the 100 seats. A stalemate of 50 to 50 votes could break the future Vice President Kamala Harris in her role as Senate President in favor of the Democrats.
The -Democrats reacted indignantly to Trump’s urging by phone.
The -elected Vice President Kamala Harris described the procedure as a “brazen abuse of power”, which reveals the voice of despair. Former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said on Twitter: “
Trump continues to refuse to acknowledge challenger Joe Biden’s victory. He is to be sworn in as the new President on January 20th. In the formal US election procedure, the certification of the results from the individual states in Congress is due on Wednesday. Only then will it be official who has won the election.
The -disruptive action can delay the confirmation of Biden’s election victory by a few hours, but has no prospect of actually changing anything in the election outcome.