Watson Coleman: Trump’s Actions ‘Appear to be Criminal’

Watson Coleman

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:

“A GOP attempt, for example, to block Congress’ certification of Biden’s win based on lies and false conspiracy theories about fraud on Wednesday has no chance of succeeding because of the Democratic majority in the House and the lack of a majority to overturn the results in the Senate. But it will further convince millions of Trump voters that the election was rigged. Scores of GOP lawmakers plan to choose the vanquished President and his voters over the cherished principles of free elections in a fracturing that will have lasting consequences for the GOP and the nation.
“On Tuesday, two Georgia runoff elections will decide whether Republicans will hold their Senate majority and retain the power to block Biden’s sweeping agenda and hopes of swiftly confirming a Cabinet at a time of national crisis.”


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