Talks of the ‘stolen’ 2020 election still litter former President Trump’s speeches in his 2024 run for the Oval Office reentry ticket. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, for one, is bored with it.
In an editorial published Wednesday in the National Review, Sen. Raffensperger takes shots at the former president. “The three-ring circus that was once the Trump entertainment spectacle has withered away to a single decrepit pony, desperately performing its one trick, hoping to regain the audience it once held in thrall. Iowa showed that performance can still keep some people entertained. Others can make up their own minds.”
On January 2, 2021, Raffensperger recalls a phone call from the outgoing president. The call urged him to find “11,790 votes, which is one more than we have.” After that call, the then chief elections officer in Georgia put himself in the cross-hairs for Trump ridicule. He wouldn’t do what he demanded.
One of the false claims Trump used to argue for another look at Georgia was the use of dead people to cast votes for Biden. “I think the number is close to 5,000 people. And they went to obituaries. They went to all sorts of methods to come up with an accurate number, and a minimum is close to about 5,000 voters,” Trump said on the call.
He also falsely alleged that voter drop boxes were tampered with. “You have drop boxes where the box was picked up but not delivered for three days. So all sorts of things could have happened to that box, including, you know, putting in the votes that you wanted.”
His other excuses for his loss in Georgia and other states included people using PO boxes, fake absentee ballots, broken machines, shredding votes, and election workers being scammers. All of these were debunked.
Trump lost the state of Georgia. Much of this could be attributed to Georgia Republicans, who overall supported other Republicans on the ballot but did not support Trump. “I looked, and what I found clearly showed why he lost,” Raffensperger wrote.
Let it go
“The big lie about the 2020 election, repeated now for more than three years, has brought forward no proof and nothing that hasn’t been publicly known since January 2021,” Raffensperger wrote. He also stated the fraud claims were “certainly entertaining at first,” but like “the water fixtures in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas… become predictable and boring.”
“The current variations, on display regularly during Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign thus far, are merely part of the dancing fountain of lies that have been disproven by the count, the recount, and the audit of the 2020 vote in Georgia. Not one single shred of evidence has been offered in its support, in my state or in any other,” he wrote.
⅓ of statements
In a 2021 article by CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale, he notes, “Forty-three of the 132 post-presidency statements Trump had issued through June 9  included a lie about the election. That’s about 33%. These lies range from vague claims that the election was ‘stolen’ and ‘rigged’ to specific false assertions about what happened in various states he lost.”
An 18-month investigation found the then-president was part of a conspiracy to stop the lawful results of the 2020 election from being certified. He was also found to have instigated and not deterred his supporters from attacking the Capitol.
“The central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed,” reads the report. “None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.”