Republican candidate for the Georgia Senate, David Perdue, defended President Trump on Monday after the Washington Post leaked an audio recording. He exposed some of his doubts about electoral integrity.
During the call in question with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the president mentioned several irregularities in the state, such as double voting, voting of dead people, destruction of votes on his behalf, and some other accusations.
Regarding the media leak, Perdue said it was “disgusting,” and at the same time, he supported the president’s claims of the fraudulent election, which is what he has been denouncing for months.
“I didn’t hear anything in that tape that the president hasn’t already said for weeks now since the November election calling for some sort of investigation, some sort of resolution to the improprieties and the irregularities that we now see happened in November here in Georgia,” Perdue said, according to Fox News.
Perdue was pressured about support the Republican Party had given the president concerning the leaked media call. He said the president was rightly expressing his concerns about the state’s elections.
“What he is saying, a lot of people in Georgia and 75 million Americans, I think, align with him right now that something untoward happened here in Georgia, and we have not gotten to the bottom of it,” Perdue said.
According to The Hill, during the call, the president asked Raffensperger to find the votes that overturned his election defeat, indicating that he is aware of what has happened and should take responsibility for it.
“The ballots are corrupt,” President Trump said during the call. “And you are going to find that they are—which is totally illegal—it is more illegal for you than it is for them because, you know, what they did, and you’re not reporting it. That’s a criminal, that’s a criminal offense. And you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and … your lawyer,” he adds.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others attended the call and asked Raffensperger to investigate the election irregularities. At the same time, the Georgia Secretary of State denied the allegations of fraud.
Perdue said the Nov. 3 general election included some irregularities, and Trump wants “some answers. He also noted that neither Raffensperger, who has been asked to resign from office, nor the state legislature had responded.
For his part, Jon Ossoff, one of the Democrat opponents for the second round of the Georgia Senate elections, joined the Democrat voices that criticized the president’s call, claiming it was a way to pressure him to reverse the results.