Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an 'enemy of the people,' exactly 2 years after he said he'd be 'fantastic'

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  • President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an "enemy of the people."

  • The Trump campaign has targeted Raffensperger — a Republican who is the state's top election official — after Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years.

  • The outgoing president continues to claim, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud in key states like Georgia helped Joe Biden win the election.

  • Raffensperger this week said Trump had thrown him and his family "under the bus."

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President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an "enemy of the people" as he continued to push baseless claims to explain his loss in the battleground state to Joe Biden.

Speaking with reporters, the outgoing president accused Raffensperger, without evidence, of making some kind of "deal" with the Democrat Stacey Abrams to allow vote harvesting in Georgia and said the state had a "fraudulent system."

"You're not allowed to harvest, but I understand the secretary of state, who is really an enemy of the people, the secretary of state, and whether he's Republican or not, this man, what he's done, supposedly he made a deal and you'll have to check this, where she is allowed to harvest but in other areas they're not allowed," Trump said.

Abrams has been credited with helping register 800,000 people to vote in Georgia for the 2020 election, but that is not the same as ballot harvesting, in which a voter completes an absentee ballot and gives it to another person to hand in to a polling station.

Raffensperger, a Republican who is Georgia's top election official, has been the subject of intense criticism by the Trump campaign since the state voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler — two Republicans who are seeking to defend their seats in January runoff elections — have called for him to resign.

Raffensperger recently accused Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina of asking him whether he could disqualify thousands of mail-in ballots over mismatched signatures. Ethics experts have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether Graham "threatened anyone with a Senate investigation of the Georgia vote tally."

In a column for USA Today this week, Raffensperger said that Georgia's election count was "wildly successful and smooth" and that Trump, who he said he and his family had voted for, was throwing them "under the bus."

On November 26, 2018, exactly two years before Trump's remarks Thursday, he endorsed Raffensperger for the role of Georgia secretary of state, tweeting that he would be "fantastic" and "great for jobs."

Georgia certified Biden's victory last week despite a legal challenge from the Trump campaign. The president-elect won by 12,670 votes.

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