“I’m 100% certified to tell you it was inappropriate. And it certainly didn’t help the situation,” Geoff Duncan told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day. “It was based on misinformation, it was based on all kinds of theories that have been debunked and refuted in the past 10 weeks.”
Trump can be heard on audio first reported by the Washington Post and received by CNN Put Raffensperger under pressure
who is also a Republican to “find” votes to overthrow the elections in Georgia, which he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. Raffensperger rejected Trump’s demand.
The weekend appeal, which comes days before Congress to confirm Biden’s victory, immediately raised ethical and legal questions and provoked outrage among Democrats, despite Republicans largely avoiding criticism of Trump.
Duncan, who voted for Trump in the 2020 election, said he was “disappointed” with the call and defended Raffensperger. His answers to Trump’s questions about the legitimacy of the elections in Georgia are correct.
“I am definitely glad to have him on the other end of this appeal to stay true and follow the letter of the law,” he said. “I was proud to hear his voice, I was proud to hear his replies, even though they weren’t what the President or anyone on this side of the call wanted to hear.”
However, Duncan was disappointed when asked if he believed the call should be forwarded to the Attorney General for investigation and said he would “let the lawyers find out”.
The lieutenant governor also suggested that the controversy surfaced days before Georgia Senate runoff race
That will determine the balance of power in the Chamber was an “abuse of energy” to keep Republicans Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in their seats.
“I continued to encourage everyone, including the president, to focus on tomorrow. That call did absolutely nothing to increase the turnout of Republicans here in Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue,” he said. “I was disappointed, and in all honesty, I can’t see anyone on this staff encouraging this call or advising them to hang up and move on to the next topic.”
Duncan, Raffensperger and Republican Governor Brian Kemp have repeatedly pushed aside Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of fraud in state elections. Raffensperger has oversaw three different counts
the vote and conducted several other reviews of the process. He recently hired the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an audit of the signature match system in Cobb County, which found the system to be 99.9% correct and revealed no evidence of fraud.
Even so, Trump’s GOP allies in Congress behind his attempts to overthrow the elections and strong will rallied Challenge
Biden’s electoral college wins. Only a handful of Republicans criticized Trump’s call to Raffensperger – Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger called him “gross” during one interview
with CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Sunday – but most of the party’s congressional leadership has not yet publicly condemned this.
Raffensperger said in one interview
with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that he didn’t feel pressured by Trump. When asked what he thought and felt during the call, Raffensperger said, “For the past two months we’ve been fighting a rumor … We believe the truth matters.”
This story has been updated with additional commentary and background information.
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