U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) reacted to President Donald J. Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger in which Trump pressures the official to “find” the votes he would need to reverse the election outcome in the state.
The bullying call has sparked significant debate within the legal community about the implications of a president trying to steal an election by prodding an official to change what for Trump was an unfavorable outcome.
“We won the state,” Trump said on the phone call to Raffensberger, in reference to the state he lost in the Nov. 3rd presidential election. “Flipping the state is a testament to our country. You know, it’s a testament that they can admit to a mistake or whatever you want to call it. A lot of people think it wasn’t a mistake.”
For her part, Watson Coleman said Trump’s behavior reflected unseemliness at best and criminality at worst.
“Trump clearly wanted the Secretary of State to violate the law by ‘finding’ 11,000 ballots,” Watson Coleman said. “I’m not a lawyer, but I know his berating and pressure tactics are inappropriate. His threats certainly appear to me to be criminal.”
Business Insider has more context here:
“In an hour-long phone recording released by The Washington Post, President Donald Trump on January 2 repeatedly pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘find’ additional votes to secure a win in the state’s presidential contest. In the November general election, President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia by nearly 13,000 votes out of roughly 5 million votes cast.”
And from CNN here: