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Ethics & Religion
Col. 2,056
January 7, 2021
Trump is Corrupt
By Mike McManus

President Trump is so intent on remaining in office - despite his defeat in the 2020 election, that he pressured Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to enable him to overturn the state's support for Biden as President.

"I just want you to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have," Trump told him in an hour-long phone call that was recorded and obtained by The Washington Post.

The New York Times asserted, "The effort to cajole and bully elected officials in his own party - which some legal experts said could be prosecuted under Georgia law - was a remarkable act by a defeated president to crash through legal and ethical boundaries as he seeks to remain in power."

The President told the Georgia Secretary of State, "The people of Georgia are angry; the people in the country are angry. And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you've recalculated."

Raffensperger politely but firmly rejected the president's entreaties, standing by the election results in his state and repeatedly insisting that Trump had been given false information about voter fraud.

"Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is the data you have is wrong," He asserted flatly. "We don't agree that you have won."

The President replied, "There's no way that I lost Georgia," he repeated again and again. "There's no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes."

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump charged that Raffensperger was "unwilling or unable to answer questions such as the 'ballots under the table' scam, ballot destruction, out of state dead voters, and more. He has no clue."

Reffensperger responded with this own tweet: "Respectfully, President Trump, What you are saying is not true."

There is no objective evidence of Trump's charges.

In fact, President Trump could be prosecuted after he leaves office because of his attempt to twist the arm of Raffensperger to "find" 11,780 votes so that he could win the state's electoral votes, and defeat Biden by one vote.

What makes this attempted crime strange is that even if Trump could claim victory in Georgia, he would still have lost the election by Biden's victories in other states.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, at a drive-in rally for Georgia's Democratic Senate candidates, said on Sunday that Trump's call was "the voice of desperation - most certainly that. And it was a bald-faced abuse of power by the President of the United States."

Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and one of the party's leaders in the Senate, said Trump's phone call was "more than a pathetic, rambling, delusional rant." He called the president "unhinged and dangerous." He said that the president's Republican allies in Congress "are putting the orderly and peaceful transition of power at risk."

On Wednesday Congress was supposed to formalize the vote of the states to elect Joe Biden as President. Instead, President Trump spoke to a rally of his supporters, urging them to protest the election results.

Thousands of his followers responded by charging up the Capitol steps, and forced themselves inside, resulting in closing down both the House and Senate for hours. Belatedly, the National Guard showed up to help police restore order.

Trump has no moral compass. His North Star is that he is the star. He has fomented a riot, as a reject of America's decision that he lost the election. He should have told his rioting followers to go home. He did not, and they broke into the Capitol, flooded the House and Senate, forcing elected members to hide in their offices.

Even Sen. McConnell, Republican leader of the Senate, said the President invited his supporters to come to Washington, where "It will be wild." He said "This is a moment of humility for the United States."

Trump's protestors became rioters. Why wasn't tear gas used to control them? Why didn't Trump attempt to control his violent followers who took over the House and Senate? Someone even removed a U.S. Flag and raised a Trump banner to replace it.

One bit of good news is that both of Georgia's Democratic candidates won their Senate races, so President Biden will have a stronger opportunity lead the nation.

However, Trump is responsible for the riots which led to the death of four people.

Trump is evil. Fortunately, the nation will be led by President Joe Biden, who charged, "Our democracy is under unprecedented assault. I call on the President to go on TV and call for restoring order." That did not happen.

Yet Biden said he was "optimistic that God will bless America."

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