Appearing before the Jan. 6 House select committee on Tuesday, two Georgia election workers, Wandrea “Shay” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, delivered emotional testimony detailing how their lives were negatively impacted by false accusations of vote tampering in the 2020 election. According to evidence shown by the committee, Freeman and Moss were publicly singled out by former President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and were the victims of harassment and threats from Trump supporters. “I’ve lost my sense of security,” said Freeman. “All because a group of people, starting with [Trump] and his ally Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me and my daughter Shay.”
RUBY FREEMAN: My name is Ruby Freeman. I've always believed that when God says that he'll make your name great. But this is not the way it was supposed to be. I could have never imagined the events that followed the presidential election 2020. For my entire professional life, I was Lady Ruby. My community in Georgia where I was born and lived my whole life knew me as Lady Ruby. I built my own business around that name. La Ruby's Unique Treasures, a pop-up shop catering to ladies with unique fashions.
I wore a shirt that proudly proclaimed that I was and I am Lady Ruby. Actually, I had that shirt on-- I had that shirt in every color. I wore that shirt on election day 2020. I haven't worn it since. And I'll never wear it again. Now I won't even introduce my self by my name anymore. I get nervous when I bump into someone I know in the grocery store who says my name. I'm worried about who's listening.
I get nervous when I have to give my name for food orders. I'm always concerned of who's around me. I've lost my name. And I've lost my reputation. I've lost my sense of security, all because a group of people, starting with number 45 and his ally, Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me and my daughter Shay.
- Miss Moss, how has this experience of being targeted by the former President and his allies affected your life?
SHAY MOSS: It's turned my life upside down. I no longer give out my business card. I don't transfer calls. I don't want anyone knowing my name. I don't want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don't go to the grocery store at all. I haven't been anywhere at all.
I've gained about 60 pounds. I just don't do nothing anymore. I don't want to go anywhere. I second guess everything that I do. It's affecting my life in a major way in every way, all because a lot for me doing my job.