Yesterday, the Washington Post revealed that during an hour-long phone call, Donald Trump tried to pressure Georgia to “ find ” votes. Trump called his colleague Brad Raffensperger and tried to flatter, plead and even threaten eventually to undo his loss to Joe Biden.
‘Obsessed with his loss’
According to Erik Mouthaan, Trump’s action is useless. “Even if Georgia were to cheat, it still wouldn’t be enough to help Trump win. He needs two more states, so it’s a hopeless exercise,” he explains. So why is Trump doing it anyway? “The president is obsessed with his loss.”
Although this is one of the most notable phone calls from a US president, it is hardly surprising to Muthaan. “This is also what we expect from President Trump. He has already pressured the leader of another country to make Joe Biden suspect.”
The question is whether Trump breaks the laws on phone calls, Mouthaan says. “He’s not literally saying the result should be changed, he’s just proposing it. He’s not saying votes should be taken, he’s just saying it would be good if votes were found.”
It’s exactly as Michael Cohen, the former Trump scammer, once described it: “He talks like a mafia boss, he lets you know what he wants but he never orders you to break it. the law.”
Let off steam
Yet according to Trump’s phone call, Democrats see yet more evidence of a corrupt president. “Republicans say, ‘What nonsense, he’s just letting off steam a little bit.’
Trump will remain President of the United States for another two weeks. The US Congress is due to ratify the election results later this week.