The People Who Stood Up To Trump

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(Photos: YouTube) This week’s Janu­ary 6 commit­tee hear­ing provided more detail about the direct pres­sure Pres­id­ent Trump and his allies put on state offi­cials to help over­turn the 2020 elec­tion. Among others, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) recoun­ted a campaign by Trump and Rudy Giuliani to get him to submit ille­git­im­ate pro-Trump elect­ors on behalf of his state. Trump called Bowers soon after the elec­tion, and the pres­sure contin­ued from Novem­ber through the morn­ing of Janu­ary 6. Geor­gia Secret­ary of State Brad Raffen­sper­ger (R) and his deputy, Gabe Ster­ling, described a similar campaign to change the elec­tion results, includ­ing an hour-long call on Janu­ary 2 in which Trump urged the secret­ary to “find” him the votes he needed to reverse his defeat.All three men test­i­fied to the personal impact the pres­sure had on them and their loved ones: disturb­ing protests outside their homes, threats to their lives, and harass­ment of their colleagues, neigh­bors, and family members. The stor­ies of personal attacks were upset­ting, includ­ing the racist abuse recoun­ted by two Geor­gia poll work­ers, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and Ruby Free­man. Yet Tues­day’s hear­ing also high­lighted the resi­li­ence of Amer­ican demo­cracy and the hero­ism of our public servants. All three state...

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