Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, joined other liberal voices over the weekend in criticizing President Donald Trump and millions of Trump voters who are questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
“From the beginning of his campaign for president, Donald Trump has shown a profound disrespect for the institutions of democracy,” Sanders said in a statement Saturday. “It is pathetic that 13 of my colleagues in the Senate and 140 members of the House of Representatives are now demonstrating a similar disdain for the American people by engaging in a dead-end, unconstitutional effort to overturn the will of voters.”
Led by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, at least 13 U.S. senators will object to the presidential election results when Congress convenes a joint session on Wednesday to count Electoral College votes.
Recent polls show large percentages of Americans doubt the election results and believe widespread fraud occurred. A Politico Voter Priorities Survey in late November discovered that 79 percent of Trump voters believe the election was stolen by supporters of Joe Biden. In early December, a Morning Consult tracking survey revealed that 1-in-5 voters, and nearly half of Trump voters, said it is likely that the election will still go to Trump.
In Vermont, 753 residents signed a petition this past week asking Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch to investigate allegations of fraud. Welch has refused to support any such efforts.
On Twitter, other Vermonters, including 2020 Orange-1 House district candidate Rama Schneider, lashed out at Trump for a phone call leaked to the Washington Post over the weekend in which Trump urges Georgia’s secretary of state to address fraud claims.
Congressman @PeterWelch – you MUST push for another impeachment of trump-mcconnell-@gop–@vtgop today. We need tpardon exception for times of impeachment to keep trump & co (@GovPhilScott's chosen political party) for pardoning himself. #vtpoli #potus https://t.co/Z1eTsXfcTm
— Rama Schneider – freedom is neither free nor dumb. (@RamaSchneider) January 3, 2021
In the one-hour phone call conducted Saturday with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his general counsel, the president outlined multiple documented examples of election fraud that add up to hundreds of thousands of votes.
“Anywhere from 250 to 300,000 ballots were dropped mysteriously into the rolls,” Trump said at the beginning of the call. “Much of that had to do with Fulton County, which hasn’t been checked. We think that if you check the signatures — a real check of the signatures going back in Fulton County — you’ll find at least a couple of hundred thousand of forged signatures of people who have been forged. And we are quite sure that’s going to happen.”
Trump then rattled off a series of large batches of allegedly fraudulent or illegal ballots that his team identified from the presidential election in Georgia.
“We had, I believe it’s about 4,502 voters who voted but who weren’t on the voter registration list — so it’s 4,502 who voted, but they weren’t on the voter registration roll, which they had to be,” he said. “You [also] had 18,325 vacant address voters. The address was vacant, and they’re not allowed to be counted. That’s 18,325.”
Trump repeatedly referenced a batch of 18,000 ballots that allegedly were processed after hours at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The event was caught on camera and seen by millions around the world through social media.
The president also expressed frustration with Raffensperger for not cooperating with his team to investigate significant alleged fraud.
“When are you going to do signature counts, when are you going to do signature verification on Fulton County, which you said you were going to do, and now all of a sudden, you’re not doing it,” he said. “When are you doing that?”
During the call, Trump argued that any large batch of the alleged fraudulent ballots, if verified by Raffensperger, would result in a Trump victory in the Peach State. The official election tally has Trump trailing Biden by only 11,779 votes in Georgia.
“So there were many infractions, and the bottom line is, many, many times the 11,779 margin that they said we lost by — we had vast, I mean the state is in turmoil over this,” he said.
On Wednesday, the president will speak to supporters in Washington, D.C., at a “Save America” rally. Millions of Trump voters are expected to attend while lawmakers on Capitol Hill participate in the congressional certification of Electoral College results.
How can you certify an election when the numbers being certified are verifiably WRONG. You will see the real numbers tonight during my speech, but especially on JANUARY 6th. @SenTomCotton Republicans have pluses & minuses, but one thing is sure, THEY NEVER FORGET!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2021