Enough is enough
To the editor:
At the Georgia state GOP convention, the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was censured for refusing to “recalculate,” i.e., cheat, the results of the 2020 presidential election. Raffensperger is a Republican, who supported Donald Trump and voted for him, yet he was punished for doing his job with integrity.
That was bad enough, but even worse is that he and his family have received hundreds of death threats from Trump supporters, to the point that the whole family had to go into hiding.
We all heard the former president on his phone call to Raffensperger after the election, when he begged the SoS to “find” 11,780 votes. Where was he supposed to find them? In a box at the back of the closet behind the Christmas lights?
The whole situation is disgusting and wrong.
As Raffensperger himself put it, the numbers don’t lie. I don’t understand how the GOP can censure him for not doing his constitutional duty, which was their justification. Is it his constitutional duty to cheat, to somehow “find” votes that aren’t there?
The truth about elections is that somebody wins, somebody loses. It’s not fun to lose. But when adults lose elections, we expect them to graciously concede, congratulate their opponent, and express their dedication to serving their country or state or whatever. Trump lost the election, and it was not even close, yet he continues to claim, without evidence, that the election was stolen. By whom, the voters? His claims are dangerous, unpatriotic, and, as we all saw on Jan. 6, deadly. It’s time to stop this foolishness! It is unacceptable that election officials and workers are targeted, threatened, scared for their lives and their family’s lives, because a loser can’t accept he lost! Enough!