Over the weekend, a recording of a phone conversation between President Donald Trump and top Georgia election officials including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was leaked to The Washington Post — and now, Democrats are reviving old talking points in their predictable outrage.
According to The Hill, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went so far as to call for yet another round of impeachment hearings against the president over the conversation.
In the controversial phone call, which was released in snippets — presumably so that it would be taken somewhat out of context and inflict the most damage upon the president — Trump was heard urging Raffensperger to “find” the right amount of votes to turn over Georgia’s election results, The Hill reported.
“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump can be heard saying on the call, which many on the left labeled as a “shakedown.”
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump said, as The Hill reported. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”
Raffensperger and his lawyer, Ryan Germany, repeatedly rejected the president’s claims that voter and ballot fraud had occurred in Georgia during the 2020 election, according to the BBC.
The president also accused Georgia election officials of “shredding ballots,” citing social media posts claiming to show as much, the BBC reported. Raffensperger and his lawyer said that no ballots were shredded, however, and insisted that it was routine document shredding, which takes place in every office and business.
Of course, Democrats were chomping at the bit to attack the president after the bombshell phone recording was leaked to the press, as they’ve done in the past with other phone calls that the president has been involved with — including, notably, the phone call with Ukraine’s leader that literally ended in a failed impeachment attempt.
“I absolutely think it’s an impeachable offense, and if it was up to me, there would be articles on the floor quite quickly, but he, I mean, he is trying to — he is attacking our very election. He’s attacking our very election,” Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday, according to The Hill.
She then admitted that she hadn’t heard the entire, nearly hour-long conversation Trump had with Raffensperger and other Georgia election officials, which provides much more context.
According to The Hill, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who was partly responsible for Trump’s impeachment hearings in 2019, also blasted the president after the phone call audio leaked, but he stopped short of suggesting another round of impeachment hearings, though he said he would need to “think about it.”
“I think it is among the most despicable abuses of power of his long list, possibly criminal, morally repugnant, virulently anti-democratic and dangerous to our democracy,” Schiff said, as The Hill reported.