There are but 16 days left in President Trumpâ€™s term, but there is no doubt that he will use all of his remaining time in office to inflict as much damage as he can on democracy â€” with members of a now-divided Republican Party acting as enablers.
That there are no limits to the lengths to which he will go in this ruinous effort was made clear from a phone call he made Saturday to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In the call, Trump repeatedly urged Raffensperger to â€œfindâ€ enough votes to allow the secretary to recalculate the election results to show that the president, rather than President-elect Joe Biden, won the state.
The call, an audio of which was obtained by The Washington Postâ€™s Amy Gardner, was as outrageous as it was chilling. Legal experts can debate how close to the line Trump was with the telephone call. Others can speculate about the presidentâ€™s current state of mind. The content of the call speaks for itself, and the audio excerpts should be heard by anyone who cares about the integrity of elections in America.
Here was a desperate president alternately begging, pleading, cajoling and, yes, seeming to threaten a state official â€” and fellow Republican â€” by asking for a change in the outcome of an election that already had been recounted and then certified.
-- Dan Balz in The Washington Post, January 3, 2021