Former President Donald Trump, who is currently facing criminal charges in Georgia, has once again launched an offensive regarding the state’s 2020 election results.
Using his social media platform Truth Social on Thursday night, Trump propagated additional baseless allegations about what he referred to as a “rigged” and “stolen” election in Georgia.
While initially planning to continue this rhetoric during a news conference on Monday, he subsequently called off the event based on advice from his legal counsel.
He expressed his preference to express his grievances through legal filings.
These unfounded assertions resurface two-and-a-half years following the election, an election that authorities repeatedly confirmed as devoid of fraud through comprehensive audits, numerous recounts, and multiple legal challenges that bore no fruit.
Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp emphasized on social media the day after Trump and 18 others were indicted that the “2020 election in Georgia was not stolen”, as reported by ABC News on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
Governor Kemp stated, “For nearly three years now, anyone with evidence of fraud has failed to come forward – under oath – and prove anything in a court of law.”
Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Georgia secretary of state’s office, categorically dismissed Trump’s claims on the recent episode of “This Week.”
Sterling elucidated, “We’ve learned that Trump himself had requested two independent audits and verifications by external groups, both of which incurred a cost of $600,000. Both audits unequivocally confirmed the absence of fraud, confirming your defeat in the state.”
He further stressed, “This message has been reiterated countless times. The ballots were recounted on three separate occasions. Trump lost the state, and despite this, he continues to assert otherwise, generating unnecessary tension and turmoil.”
Georgia stands as the singular state to have undertaken not one, but two statewide recounts in 2020, effectively subjecting nearly 5 million votes to three comprehensive tallies.
The initial recount was performed manually as part of an audit directed by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.