If people think Donald Trump’s indirect persuasion for support of his bull shit is over?
They are wrong….
Reuters has a piece on the on-going campaign….
And the cops need to read it….
Trump’s relentless false claims that the vote was “rigged” against him sparked a campaign to terrorize election officials nationwide – from senior officials such as Raffensperger to the lowest-level local election workers. The intimidation has been particularly severe in Georgia, where Raffensperger and other Republican election officials refuted Trump’s stolen-election claims. The ongoing harassment could have far-reaching implications for future elections by making the already difficult task of recruiting staff and poll workers much harder, election officials say.
In an exclusive interview, Tricia Raffensperger spoke publicly for the first time about the threats of violence to her family and shared the menacing text messages with Reuters.
The Raffenspergers – Tricia, 65, and Brad, 66 – began receiving death threats almost immediately after Trump’s surprise loss in Georgia, long a Republican bastion. Tricia Raffensperger started taking precautions. She canceled regular weekly visits in her home with two grandchildren, ages 3 and 5 – the children of her eldest son, Brenton, who died from a drug overdose in 2018.
“I couldn’t have them come to my house anymore,” she said. “You don’t know if these people are actually going to act on this stuff.”
In late November, the family went into hiding for nearly a week after intruders broke into the home of the Raffenspergers’ widowed daughter-in-law, an incident the family believed was intended to intimidate them. That evening, people who identified themselves to police as Oath Keepers – a far-right militia group that has supported Trump’s bid to overturn the election – were found outside the Raffenspergers’ home, according to Tricia Raffensperger and two sources with direct knowledge of the family’s ordeal. Neither incident has been previously reported.
“Brad and I didn’t feel like we could protect ourselves,” she said, explaining the decision to flee their home.
Brad Raffensperger told Reuters in a statement that “vitriol and threats are an unfortunate, but expected, part of public service. But my family should be left alone.”
Trump’s baseless voter-fraud accusations have had dark consequences for U.S. election leaders and workers, especially in contested states such as Georgia, Arizona and Michigan. Some have faced protests at their homes or been followed in their cars. Many have received death threats…..
Democratic Socialist Dave says
It’s worth reading the whole rather lengthy, and horrifying, story by Linda So of Reuters (together with examples of text and telephone threats):
My Name Is Jack says
Where’s the condemnation of this stuff by the leadership of the Georgia Republican Party?
Well we know they “censured” Raffensperger at their state convention .
Oh yes and how about Party Leader Donald Trump?As this stuff is figuratively being done in his name shouldn’t he denounce it?
Nothing but silence!
Hooliganism and criminality is now a part of the Republican Party with at best acquiescence And at worst outright silent encouragement.
My Name Is Jack says
The Oregon Legislature has expelled a Republican legislator for actively assisting a group of armed Republican hoodlums in invading the state Capitol .
The incident was captured on a security video and showed the terrorist opening the door to allow the armed kooks in as the legislators were meeting in an emergency session to address Covid related sues.
The hoodlums assaulted Capitol officers and sprayed them with bear spray.
The legislator, a Right Wing nutjob named Mike Nearman .said he was practicing “civil disobedience.”He is also facing a couple of criminal misdemeanor charges.