This is not a good look.
In an hour-long call on Saturday, President Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “recalculate” the votes for president in Georgia so that he can “find” another roughly 12,000 votes, the margin of Trump’s loss.
President Trump brought up several claims of fraud, irregularity, and abuse, each of which Raffensperger and his lawyer, who was also on the call, disputed. The pair pointed to the outcome of each question about the vote, including a hand recount of all paper ballots and a rescan of all electronic ballots. While Raffensperger and his lawyer acknowledged several things that went wrong, they also pointed out that the total number of votes that might be in question was so small as to not affect the overall outcome.
Trump wasn’t having it.
The call was recorded and then leaked to the press.
At one point, Raffensperger said:
“Well Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong.”
The fact that President Trump called a Secretary of State and asked that he take actions that would potentially overturn a certified election is, at the very least, unprecedented. It could also open the president to charges of abuse of power, which will be much easier to pursue he leaves office in two weeks.