Bradford Jay Raffensperger is an American politician, businessman, and civil engineer from the state of Georgia. A Republican, he serves as the Secretary of State of Georgia, serving since January of 2019. He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 50.
Bradford Jay Raffensperger’s Political Position
Raffensperger rose to national attention in the aftermath of the 2020 United States presidential election, as a scandal took place in which President Donald Trump attempted to persuade Raffensperger to change the vote count in Georgia in Trump’s favour during a recorded phone call on January 2, 2021. After this call, Trump tweeted that Raffensperger was “unwilling or unable to answer questions” about alleged election fraud. In response, Raffensperger stated, “the truth will come out”. The Secretary’s office then gave a press conference with a point by point explanation of factual errors in the President’s claims.
Brad Raffensperger’s Education and Career
Raffensperger earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. Raffensperger is the CEO of Tendon Systems, LLC, a contracting and engineering firm that operates in Columbus, Georgia, and Forsyth County, Georgia. He amassed a net worth of $26.5 million from his work in the private sector.
About the Rally
As a joint session of Congress convenes Wednesday to formally certify the Electoral College votes, President Donald Trump plans to speak at a “Save America” rally near the White House according to sources familiar with his plans.
Thousands are expected to attend the rally on the 25th of September, as pro-Trump supporters descend on the nation’s capital for a series of marches to protest the results of the 2020 election.
Details of the event-
Date- Saturday, September 25, 2021
Time- 2 p.m.
Georgia National Fairgrounds
401 Larry Walker Pkwy
Perry, GA 31069
Brad Raffensperger’s Relation to the Rally
A January 2, 2021 recording of an hour-long phone call between US President Donald Trump and Raffensperger was obtained by The Washington Post and released the following day. In the audio recording, Raffensperger was purportedly pressured into changing the election results for the state of Georgia by the president. The phone call included Trump attempting, albeit unsuccessfully, to pressure Raffensperger into overturning the election results.
Trump was recorded saying “I just want to find 11,780 votes.” Raffensperger repeatedly rebuffed Trump’s attempts to pressure him. The taped call was leaked. Journalist Carl Bernstein, who in 1972 broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, called the Trump–Raffensperger scandal “far worse than Watergate” and said that in any other presidency it would result in impeachment, conviction, and bipartisan demands for the president’s resignation.
In an interview that aired on the January 4, 2021 edition of ABC’s Good Morning America, Raffensperger acknowledged the phone call, stating that Trump “did most of the talking,” and described Trump’s voter fraud allegations as “just plain wrong.” Also on January 4, Democratic congressional leaders, believing Trump “engaged in the solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes”, requested the FBI to investigate the incident. In addition, while some House Republicans tried to defend Trump’s Georgia call, Democrats began drafting a censure resolution.
The gathering will mark the first rally-style event Trump will attend in Washington since he was defeated by President-elect Joe Biden in November. Trump has previously done drive-bys in his motorcade and flyovers aboard Marine One to support those gathered to protest in Washington, D.C.
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