Since his decisive defeat in the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump has consistently refused to accept his loss. He and his team have mounted scores of fruitless legal challenges, pressured state leaders to ignore electoral results, and urged Republican members of Congress to directly challenge the electoral college’s final vote.
On January 2, Donald Trump escalated his desperate attempts to undermine the election with a call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During his hour-long recorded call, Trump demanded Raffensperger and his team ignore the Georgia election results and investigate already-debunked claims of voter fraud or face criminal liability. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump insisted.
Donald Trump’s ongoing attempts to overturn election results are an insult to voters and a fundamental threat to free and fair elections in the United States. As legal experts have noted, Trump’s request that Raffensperger “find” votes to change the election outcome appears to violate both state and federal election laws. Congress must immediately investigate Trump’s extortionary attempts to subvert democracy.