Trump recorded pleading with election official in Georgia to ‘find’ him votes

US President Donald Trump has been recorded pleading with Georgia’s election chief to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state, suggesting in a telephone call that the official “find” enough votes to hand Trump the victory.The phone call with secretary of state Brad Raffensperger on 2 January was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by a sitting American president to reverse the outcome of an election that he lost.“We won”The president, who has refused to accept his loss to president-elect Biden, repeatedly argued that Raffensperger could change the certified results, saying:All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one…

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Trump Plots to Overturn Election: An Attack on Democracy or a Scheme to Make Millions for Himself?

In these times of COVID-19, climate chaos and elections, independent news is more important than ever. You turn to Democracy Now! because you trust that when we're reporting on the pandemic or the uprisings against police brutality—or the climate crisis—our coverage is not brought to you by the fossil fuel, insurance or weapons industries or Big Pharma. We count on YOU to make our work possible. If everyone who visits our website gave just $8, we could cover our operating costs for 2021. Really—that’s all it would take. And today a generous supporter will double your donation to Democracy Now!, meaning your gift will go twice as far.…

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Election Chaos Adds Fuel to Campaign for a National Popular Vote to Elect U.S. President

In these times of COVID-19, climate chaos and elections, independent news is more important than ever. You turn to Democracy Now! because you trust that when we're reporting on the pandemic or the uprisings against police brutality—or the climate crisis—our coverage is not brought to you by the fossil fuel, insurance or weapons industries or Big Pharma. We count on YOU to make our work possible. If everyone who visits our website gave just $8, we could cover our operating costs for 2021. Really—that’s all it would take. And today a generous supporter will TRIPLE your donation to Democracy Now!, meaning your gift will go three times as…

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US secretary of state’s comments on Venezuela election strike to the heart of US hypocrisy

Venezuela recently held elections for its National Assembly, the South American nation’s unicameral legislature. The US and its allies have denounced the election as fraudulent. But something is seriously amiss. The US government is currently led by a man who is openly attempting to undermine democracy in his own country. And comments from one of that government’s major figures show just how flagrant that hypocrisy has become. Venezuelan opposition loses its parliamentary majority On December 6, Venezuelans went to the polls for the first time since the beginning of the US-backed coup. The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV in its Spanish initials) and allied parties won…

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Black Voters Matter: Group Sues Georgia for Purging 200,000 Voters Ahead of 2020 Election

On the voter registration deadline for Georgians who want to vote in two Senate runoff elections on January 5, we speak with Cliff Albright, co-founder and executive director of Black Voters Matter, about why the state is “ground zero” for Republican voter suppression efforts. Black Voters Matter has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Georgia’s current secretary of state improperly removed nearly 200,000 voters from the rolls. Those voters “were purged illegally” ahead of the 2020 election and almost certainly affected the results, says Albright. “At the end of the day, this election … should not have even been close.” We’re also joined by Emory University professor Carol Anderson,…

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Georgia Runoffs: Democrats Aim to Take Senate as Republicans Back Trump Attack on Election Integrity

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin today’s show in Georgia, where, well, one-and-a-half debates were held Sunday night, ahead of Georgia’s January 5th runoff election, which will decide who controls the U.S. Senate. Today is the last day for new voters to register in Georgia. In the most closely watched debate of the night, Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler sparred with Democratic challenger Reverend Raphael Warnock. Loeffler is the richest senator in the country and was appointed to her seat in January by Governor Kemp. She refused to…

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“Frankenstein’s Monster”: Judge Slams Trump Team’s Efforts to Overturn Election Results

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: President Trump’s unprecedented attempt to overturn the 2020 election is continuing despite new court setbacks. On Saturday, a conservative judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a Trump lawsuit challenging Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Judge Matthew Brann accused the Trump team of trying to, quote, “disenfranchise almost seven million voters,” unquote, by using, quote, “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations … unsupported by evidence.” He went on to write, quote, “This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together,” unquote. Trump is appealing the ruling. Over two dozen lawsuits filed by Trump’s…

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"Frankenstein's Monster": Judge Slams Trump Team's Efforts to Overturn Election Results

As President Trump’s unprecedented campaign to overturn the results of the presidential election drags on, over two dozen lawsuits filed by his legal team have been dismissed or withdrawn. The Trump team is now focusing on delaying or blocking the certification of the election in several states while trying to toss out votes in cities with large Black populations, including Detroit, Philadelphia and Atlanta. New York Times Magazine staff writer Emily Bazelon says the Trump legal team’s efforts have so far lacked real substance, with the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani “treating court as if it’s cable news.” She also says more Republican lawmakers need to stand up against…

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Astra Taylor: As Trump Tries to Steal Election, We Need to Reform Our "Deeply Undemocratic" System

President Trump has called Republican leaders of Michigan’s state Legislature to the White House today in his latest attempt to overturn the election. The Trump campaign is pushing Republican state lawmakers to ignore the will of the voters and appoint pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College. We speak to Astra Taylor, who has looked closely at the state of our democracy in the film “What Is Democracy?” and her book, “Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone.” Source link

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Astra Taylor: As Trump Tries to Steal Election, We Need to Reform Our “Deeply Undemocratic” System

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Astra, before you go, I wanted to ask you about what’s happening now with President Trump and whether you see it as a very grave threat. You made the film What Is Democracy? You have President now inviting to the White House today the leaders of the Michigan legislature. He calls a low-level head of the Wayne County Board that wanted to invalidate the votes from Detroit, the large African American vote, then was pushed back from doing that by massive public outcry across the political spectrum. And then Trump called her. And again,…

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