President Donald Trump still refuses to accept the reality that President-elect Joe Biden defeated him in the 2020 election.
The Trump campaign spent months working to sow mistrust in the 100+ year old institution of voting by mail, expecting an unprecedented number of pandemic-induced mail-in ballots.
Now, the campaign is pointing to high proportion of Biden votes sent by mail as evidence of fraud, claiming that officials were "finding" thousands of Biden votes, when in reality these officials were counting legally cast ballots that are processed later than in-person Election Day votes.
Republican heavy hitters told Republican voters not to vote by mail, and the voters listened.
Amid increased pressure from Trump and other Republican lawmakers to subvert the results of Biden's win in the reliably red state, Georgia's Republican Secretary of State—Brad Raffensperger—has been working to debunk the lies as Georgia audits its presidential votes.
In an interview with Justin Gray of the Atlanta news station WSB-TV, Raffensperger noted that 24 thousand Republicans who voted absentee in the Republican primary didn't vote at all in the general election.
Raffensperger concluded that the anti-mail voting campaign worked in the Peach State, saying:
"[Trump] would have won by 10 thousand votes — he actually suppressed, depressed his own voting base."
Even if the results in Georgia were somehow overturned, Trump would still need to reverse the results of at least two more states in order to reach the crucial number of 270 electoral votes.
But as far as Georgia was concerned, Raffensperger says Trump was hoisted with his own petard.
Twitter users have taken notice of Raffensperger's many rebuttals to election misinformation from the higher levels of the GOP.
The audit of Georgia's presidential votes is almost certain to have the same outcome as the first count: a Biden victory.