Trump Has Committed Election Fraud
His phone call with Georgia officials provides clear evidence of wrongdoing
Even at this late hour, Trump is still trying to overturn the results of the election. His most recent attempt was an hour-long phone call with Brad Raffensperger, the Secretary of State of Georgia, and his office counsel, Ryan Germany. Also on the call was Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows.
You can read a copy of the transcript or even listen to a recording of the call courtesy of The New York Times.
I’m not going to go into a deep analysis of the call. Instead, I would like to focus on two things that jumped out at me.
In the call, Trump alternately cajoled and threatened the Georgians as he tried to convince them to throw out thousands of votes for Biden. This is the same tactic that he used on the President of Ukraine when he tried to strong arm him into opening an investigation of Biden. That phone call provided the evidence supporting his impeachment.
Trump lucked out. The Senate was controlled by the Republicans and they voted to acquit him. A normal person would say to themselves “Whew! That was a close call. I better not do that again.”
But Trump is not a normal person. In his mind, if he got away with it once, then he can get away with it again. Don’t forget that Trump’s wealth has allowed him to retain an army of lawyers and accountants who have been able to protect him from criminal and civil charges for his entire adult life.
Basically, they have given him a Get Out of Jail Free card that never expires.
There have never been any consequences for his bad behavior. Trump has been able to do whatever he wants for the past 74 years.
The other thing that struck me was the amount of projecting he did. Projection is a psychological term that means you assign emotions or traits about yourself to other people.
Trump does this all the time. The best way to know how Trump is thinking or feeling is to listen to him talk about other people.
Let’s look at a few examples from the phone call.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry [about the supposed problems with Dominion voting machines].”
Translation: Trump is angry about the problems with the Dominion voting machines that he is seeing on social media.
“…you’d have to be a child to think anything other than that. Just a child.”
Translation: Trump doesn’t understand the workings of counting the votes.
“Stacey [Abrams], in my opinion, Stacey is as dishonest as they come.”
Translation: Trump is as dishonest as they come.
“You know, when the ballots flow in out of nowhere. It’s very scary to people.”
Translation: It’s very scary for Trump.
“And a lot of Republicans are going to vote negative [in the runoff election], because they hate what you did to the president.”
Translation: Trump hates what the Georgia officials “did” to him by certifying the election for Biden.
There are plenty more examples sprinkled throughout the call. Look for them as you read the transcript or listen to the recording.
This phone call provides plenty of evidence of violation of both Federal and Georgia state election laws. It’s grounds for impeachment, but it is doubtful that anyone would want to start impeachment proceedings against Trump this close to the end of his term.
Until Biden is sworn in on January 20, Trump is immune from prosecution for violating election laws. Once he leaves office, though, he could be prosecuted.
The Federal law is similar. It states that it is illegal for anyone to “knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a state of a fair and impartially conducted election process.”
Trump clearly violated both laws. Biden has previously indicated that he is not interested in prosecuting Trump for anything he may have done or not done while in office. I have to agree with him there. Putting Trump on trial for Federal crimes would tear this country apart because of the existing deep divisions, not to mention the millions of his supporters who believe that Biden stole the election.
I know that this is not a popular position, but I am old enough to remember Watergate. People were so enraged by Nixon’s criminal actions that they wanted to see him prosecuted after he resigned. President Ford wisely chose to pardon Nixon so that the country could start to heal.
That pardon was controversial and cost him his political career, but looking back historians agree that it was the right thing to do.
I believe the same thing applies to our current situation. Biden is wise to allow Trump to escape Federal prosecution no matter how badly we want to see him behind bars. History will prove that it is the right thing to do.
Before you start howling, remember the State of New York has no such compunctions and is lining up a whole slew of criminal and civil charges. Now we have Georgia with an opportunity to indict Trump on election fraud.
We may yet see Trump behind bars.