A top election official in Georgia had strong words for President Trump and other top Republican leaders who have attacked Georgia’s election system in recent weeks after reports of harassment and death threats against officials overseeing the state’s recount.
“Someone’s going to get hurt, someone’s going to get shot, someone’s going to get killed,” Gabriel Sterling, with the secretary of state’s office, said Monday afternoon in an emotional and forceful news conference. “It’s not right.”
Among other things, a Twitter thread accusing a young technician working on the recount of altering votes led to his identity being released and calls for him to be “hung for treason.”
Meanwhile, caravans of horn-honking Trump supporters constantly parade past Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s private residence and his wife has reportedly received sexually explicit threats. The president himself, who has falsely suggested he won Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, has called on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to overturn the election.
In a tweet Tuesday evening responding to Sterling’s news conference, Trump again falsely alleged massive voter fraud in Georgia.
Sterling, a fixture in recent weeks as a calm, even-tempered source of election information and factoids about the complicated counting processes, unloaded on Trump, both Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue and other GOP officials that have egged on the party’s base to believe in widespread fraud.
“It has to stop,” he said. “Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop. We need you to step up. And if you take a position of leadership, show some.”
“A 20-something tech in Gwinnett County today has death threats and a noose put out saying he should be hung for treason because he was transferring a report on batches from an EMS to a county computer so he could read it,” Sterling said.
“His family is getting harassed now. There’s a noose out there with his name on it. And it’s not right,” he said, adding: “I’ve got police protection outside my house. Fine. You know, I took a higher profile job. I get it, the Secretary ran for office, his wife knew that too. This kid took a job. He just took a job, and it’s just wrong.”
This is madness, and while the First Amendment protects Trump’s Twitter feed, a competent lawyer could make a case for incitement if someone gets injured or killed by some deranged Trumper.
And for what? None of Trump’s lawsuits have gotten past any court or any judge, many of them appointed by Trump himself. Sen. Ted Cruz says he hopes the Supreme Court will take up the Cause with an appeal of the Pennsylvania ruling, but it’s hard to imagine that SCOTUS will even give it a review.
And then there’s AG Barr, a sycophant if there ever was one, who told the Associated Press that there’s no evidence of “widespread fraud,” enough to overturn any election.
I wouldn’t put it past Trump to fire Barr for this lese majeste, but if I were in Mr. Barr’s neighborhood, I’d keep an eagle eye out for dudes in pick-up trucks.