Trump steps up his attacks on Georgia and other states

President Trump stepped up his attacks on the post-election process in Georgia and other states where he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump called the Georgia recount “a joke” and demanded that Governor Brian Kemp and other Republicans act to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 vote, which he narrowly lost.

“Governor Must… Call Legislature!” He tweeted. He also tweeted several short videos with the message “GEORGIA!” to emphasize their false claims of voting misconduct.

The president also criticized the election in Michigan, where he lost by more than 100,000 votes. He called it a “scam” and claimed, again falsely, that Detroit counted more votes than residents.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for allegedly not running the election correctly.

The official, a longtime Republican and Trump supporter, responded that the election was free and fair and that Biden appears to have won.

In the recount Biden leads by around 13,000 votes and so far the recount has only shown problems affecting the count by less than 2,000 votes.

Trump appears to be laying the groundwork for a new phase in his struggle to hold on to power after an initial effort to win recount and court challenges failed miserably.

Trump is urging Republican lawmakers in Georgia and other states to take more extreme measures to overturn the election results.

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania and Michigan have insisted they have no power to take an unprecedented step.

Georgia election officials have defended the integrity of the count and said the audit is expected to confirm the initial results. They have admitted that there may be irregularities (people who vote twice or people who vote despite not being eligible) and have promised to investigate any case.

“We have not seen widespread electoral fraud,” said Gabriel Sterling, a senior official in the secretary of state’s office. “We know that there may be illegal votes, but they will be below the hundreds, not in the range of 12,929.”

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