Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (right) wrote in his new book that the former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia gubernatorial race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted overnight Defense and National Security: The Sub-Deal Showdown intensifies MORE he was threatening him when he asked Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to revoke Joe bidenJoe Biden Biden Administration Targets Methane Emissions McConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted MOREVictory in Georgia.
Raffensperger wrote in his new book “Integrity Counts” that he felt Trump threatened him multiple times during his now-infamous phone call in which the president asked the secretary of state to “find” nearly 12,000 ballots in January. The Associated Press reported.
“I felt then, and still believe today, that this was a threat,” Raffensperger wrote. “Others, obviously, also thought the same, because some of Trump’s most radical supporters have responded as if it were their duty to carry out this threat.”
In the phone call he had with Raffensperger, Trump was able to be candid by saying, “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
In the same call, Raffensperger rejected Trump’s claim and said he would not agree to the request.
In his book, the Georgia official wrote that Trump’s defeat in the state likely hurt his ego.
“You believe in your heart that you did a good job, and if you are never without doubts, it must be doubly debilitating and confusing. Instead of accepting defeat, seek scapegoats, blame, or seek alternative theories, “Raffensperger wrote.
According to the AP, Raffensperger also responded in his book to other Republicans who attacked him after he rejected Trump’s request, writing that they were “destroying our future as a party.”
During the Georgia count, Raffensperger and his wife received life-threatening messages if the count did not result in Trump’s victory.
Raffensperger also targeted Rep. Jody I didJody Brownlow HiceRaffensperger calling for a bipartisan federal electoral reform commission Democratic retirements could make a difficult midterm year even worse Republicans move forward with electoral challenges MORE (R), his Trump-backed opponent in the Georgia Secretary of State primaries, AP reported.
“Ironically, Hice accepted the results of his own race, which he won, but opposed the results of the presidential race,” the secretary of state wrote. “Same voters. Same ballots. One, presumably, was honest. The other was “flawed and fraudulent.” He is a double minded person. How can you hold two opposing points of view at the same time? “
While Raffensperger wrote that American elections are fair and safe, he also said in his book that he believes it is necessary to elect officials with more integrity.
“If we do not have people of the highest rank running for elected office, we will continue to fight misinformation, misinformation and outright deception, and the end result will be an erosion of public trust,” he wrote.