In the wake of his 2020 election loss, former President Donald Trump spewed an onslaught of delusions about election fraud, lying that Democrats coordinated with election software companies and foreign countries to produce a false victory for then-President-elect Joe Biden.
After more than 50 failed lawsuits, countless deranged press conferences, and multiple bizarre hearings, Trump and his allies had yet to offer any proof that the election was "stolen." Even Trump's Attorney General, William Barr, assured the public that there was no widespread election fraud. Nevertheless, the public faith in American democracy among Trump's supporters had completely eroded, and a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol to prevent the joint congressional session's acknowledgment of Biden's victory on January 6.
But Trump's campaign to sow doubt in American elections didn't stop with his public disinformation—it also materialized in a pressure campaign targeting officials at every level, scouring for a way to prevent America's 200+ year old tradition of peaceful transfers of power.
Trump's allies called election supervisors in Maricopa County, Arizona urging them to declare widespread voting irregularities. Amid news that he became the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the state of Georgia since 1992, Trump personally called Georgia's Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, urging him to "find" the exact number of votes needed for him to win the state.
Now, a report from Reuters details further pressure from Trump allies to pressure an elections worker in Georgia into falsely admitting she participated in fraud.
The executive director of Black Voices for Trump, Harrison Floyd, admitted to recruiting Trevian Kutti, a publicist who claimed her client was Kanye West, to meet with Fulton County elections worker Ruby Freeman. Also in attendance was fellow Black Voices for Trump official, Garrison Douglas.
Watch a portion of the meeting below.
According to the report:
"Floyd said he was asked if he’d be willing to set up the meeting by a man he described as a chaplain with 'connections' in federal law enforcement. He declined to name the clergyman or to detail what those connections involved. Floyd said the chaplain, who is white, wanted him to approach Freeman, who is Black, to discuss an immunity deal for her, out of a belief that she would not trust a white stranger. Floyd, Douglas and Kutti are Black."
In pressuring Freeman to admit to fraud, Kutti told her:
“You are a loose end for a party that needs to tidy up.”
Shortly after the 2020 election, Freeman and her daughter were the subject of a viral video distributed by far-right disinformation outlet The Gateway Pundit, which alleged to show the pair funneling fake ballots from a suitcase. An investigation cleared them of fraud and the video was widely debunked. They've since sued the Gateway Pundit.
The Trump campaign's newly-revealed pressure campaign generated further outrage online.
Some hope the revelations will lead to legal consequences for Trump or his campaign.