With Georgians facing the election of their lifetimes on January 5, 2021, some Republican election officials have taken to blaming anyone and everyone but themselves for the grotesque flaws in the election processes for which they were responsible.
Gabriel Sterling, the Georgia Voting System Implementation Manager and a registered Republican, berated President Trump for his efforts to call out vote fraud and ballot tampering in the 2020 General Election saying his rhetoric is “inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.”
At a Tuesday news conference, an obstinate and irreverent Sterling argued that the President’s “rhetoric” and that of some of his campaign representatives has resulted in a 20-year-old contractor who worked the election in Georgia receiving death threats.
“Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions,” Sterling said. “This has to stop! We need you to step up and if you’re going to take a position of leadership, show some.”
Sterling failed to include of mention the death threats and acts of intimidation that occurred in Fulton County at the hands of Democrat poll workers against Republican poll watchers or the death threats issued to the Canvassing board members in Michigan who initially refused to certify that state’s vote for the election malfeasance that took place there.
Sterling, bordering on aggressively unhinged, said Trump has “the rights to go through the courts” but insisted that “what you don’t have the ability to do – and you need to step up and say this – is stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone is going to get hurt. Someone is going to get shot. Someone’s going to get killed, and it’s not right. It’s not right.”
“All of you who have not said a damn word are complicit in this,” he continued railing.
Outraged Georgia election official decries threatening rhetoric against election staff: "Mr. President…senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop! We need you to step up—and if you're going to take a position of leadership, show some." pic.twitter.com/48hxIJn33k
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2020
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who aside from being Georgia’s Secretary of State is also registered as secretary for a Georgia corporation called Sweet Virgin Inc. that specializes in virgin mink hair weaves, has been quick to point fingers at anyone but the election staff, over which he has purview, for the plethora of election irregularities that took place on November 3.
President Trump went after Raffensperger for his lackluster oversight of Georgia’s election process saying, “You’re not allowed to harvest, but I understand the secretary of state, who is really an enemy of the people, the secretary of state, and whether he’s Republican or not, this man, what he’s done, supposedly he made a deal and you’ll have to check this, where she is allowed to harvest but in other areas they’re not allowed.”
Georgia’s twin run-off elections on January 5, 2021, will not only determine which political party controls the US Senate, but whether or not the nation will fall prey to one-party rule.
Sterling, coming to Raffensperger’s defense saying, “Mr. President, as the secretary said yesterday, people aren’t giving you the best advice on what’s actually going on on the ground,” Sterling continued.
“It’s time to look forward,” Sterling said in closing “If you want to run for re-election in four years, fine, do it, but everything we’re seeing right now, there’s not a path. Be the bigger man here. And stop. Step in. Tell your supporters: don’t be violent. Don’t intimidate. All that’s wrong. It’s un-American.”