On Sunday, Democratic Senator Chuch Schumer, of New York, called out Texas Senator Ted Cruz, challenging him to investigate the “election fraud” after an audio recording released by The Washinton Post shows Donald Trump pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State to “find” votes to help him overturn the election results in the state.
During the call, Trump threatened Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences if the secretary of state refused to pursue his false claims, at one point warning that Raffensperger was taking “a big risk.”
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump told Raffensperger during the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump added.
“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong,” Raffensperger responded
“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” an exasperated Trump said.
After the audio of the call went viral, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded on Twitter by placing Ted Cruz on the spot:
“You want to investigate election fraud? Start with this,” Schumer told Cruz via Twitter.
Cruz, along with 10 other Republican senators announced Saturday they will challenge Biden’s election victory next week when Congress gathers to certify the Electoral College by voting against certification of the election unless there’s an election audit.
Hey @SenTedCruz and his gang:
You want to investigate election fraud? Start with this: https://t.co/u3K1ijtfCx
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 3, 2021