In the wake of incumbent President Donald Trump's loss to Democratic challenger Joe Biden—who won the popular vote by over six million votes and garnered 306 electors for the December 14 electoral college vote—former allies of Trump found themselves on the receiving end of the President's ire.
In response to attacks against him for conducting a free, fair, and open election that failed to yield the results Trump wanted, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger penned an opinion piece for USA Today titled:
"My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway."
The subtitle was equally critical of the President's behavior after election night.
"I have fought to uphold the integrity of elections in Georgia. It doesn't matter if the attacks come from the guy I voted for or not."
Georgia's Republican secretary of state isn't mincing words here:https://t.co/ShER2PTclK
— Eric Russell (@PPHEricRussell) November 25, 2020
In his OpEd, Raffensperger stated:
"By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election. We finally defeated voting lines and put behind us Fulton County's now notorious reputation for disastrous elections."
"This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost."
"For those wondering, mine lost—my family voted for him, donated to him and are now being thrown under the bus by him."
Better yet, I'd like to mail the Georgia Secretary of State a copy of Rick Wilson's book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies." With my thanks, of course.
— The Great War & Modern Memory (@ps9714) November 25, 2020
Without naming names, Raffensperger wrote that some people don't seem to understand how elections should be conducted.
"Elections are the bedrock of our democracy. They need to be run fairly and, perhaps more important, impartially."
"That's not partisan. That's just American."
"Yet some don't seem to see it that way."
"When I took office, I committed to running elections in Georgia with integrity. After any election, half of the voters will be happy and the other half will be disappointed."
"But I wanted to make sure everyone felt confident in the process and confident in the outcome."
While making allusions to "both sides," the Georgia official added:
"An onslaught of fake news and unrepentant disinformation threatened to tear the fabric of our country apart."
Addressing the audit and hand recount, he wrote:
"Even as Georgia embarked on its first statewide audit, a process that was only possible because of the state's new printed paper-ballot system, those who requested the full hand recount triggered by the audit of such a close race lined up to undermine its credibility."
"Those who had so long been beneficiaries of the electoral process sought to tear it apart at its very foundations."
While the Republican stated he was certain many of his fellow members of the GOP had integrity, he finished with the statement:
"In times like these, we need leaders of integrity to guide us through."
People agreed Trump threw anyone who didn't declare him winner or support his conspiracy theories or baseless lawsuits under the proverbial bus.
Anyone in the Trump universe who thinks Trump won't turn on them for the most minuscule reason is delusional.
— ☘️ Laura ✊🏽 (@SAHMvoter) November 25, 2020
I honestly thought Georgia Republicans would steal the state for Donald Trump and apparently so did he. https://t.co/LWBKBa4Djp
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) November 25, 2020
for those keeping track - I just checked PACER and no record of a court filing by Sidney Powell in Georgia, "biblical" or otherwise. It also has now been 6 days since Rudy Giuliani said the Trump campaign would be filing a new lawsuit in Georgia. no lawsuit has been filed.
— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) November 25, 2020
Everyone trump touches is eventually destroyed.
— hartyboyy (@hartyboyy) November 25, 2020
Wow...if only we had more examples of this over the past 4 years.....
— El Guapo (@GeneralNoche) November 25, 2020
Brad Raffensperger and his family are what amount to ritual sacrifices to President Trump. This is plain wrong. It was Trump's job to convince enough Georgia voters to choose him. He failed. It's not his fellow Republican's fault that he did, nor to bail him out by cheating.
— Syncopated Politics (@SyncPol) November 25, 2020
Thrown Under the Bus?
What a shock.
Countless Affairs and Abortions
$1.3 Billion in Debt
26 Assaults on women
290K needless deaths
46 million unemployed
358 Rounds of Golf
...and no friends.
— Jonathan Gaffney 🇺🇸 (@JGaffneyUSN) November 25, 2020
Hardly surprised... Trump only cares about those he can benefit from. Ask NY contractors who he failed to pay.
— Mark Tomlin (@MarkTom83323620) November 25, 2020
trump has tossed so many under the bus that the trump bus has to go into the shop for it's several broken axles
he has tossed so many bodies onto the road that the GOP is a street of speed bumps
he has tossed so many onto the ground that he thinks he is doing infrastructure pic.twitter.com/XUGbwptHpk
— Kevin G Shinnick (@shinnick_g) November 25, 2020
Others pointed out Trump was not alone in the GOP when it came to attacking Raffensperger.
Georgia Sec. of state: "When I took office, I committed to running elections in Georgia with integrity."
On Jan 5th Georgians will elect @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock to bring that same kind of integrity to the US Senate. #ONEV1 Z21 https://t.co/2DuZWwFZjk via @usatoday
— 🌊🥾🌳 Kathy 🎶🐶🌲 (@krosen_nw) November 25, 2020
Long before Republican senators began publicly denouncing how Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger handled the voting there, he withstood pressure from the campaign of Donald Trump to endorse the president for reelection.https://t.co/78Z94CPkIK
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) November 25, 2020
Raffensperger's job is not done. Georgia now faces a run-off for both their Senate seats.
Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face challenges from Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff respectively on January 5, 2021. The vote will determine if the Republicans retain control of the Senate.