By Coleen Long Calvin Woodward, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump’s last embrace of his presidency has turned ugly – even more dangerous.
The risk of death is increasing. Local and state election officials are being hidden. Advocates for the Trump campaign are publicly declaring that a federal official who has defended the integrity of the election should be “groomed and quartered” or simply shot.
A growing number of neutral public servants, Democrats, and Republicans who don’t want Trump are stuck in a menstrual change that emerged after losing the election due to Trump’s complaints.
Republican death officer Gabriel Sterling in Georgia said, “Death threats, physical threats, intimidation – that’s too much, it’s not right.” Trump pressed his baseless case only in response that he lost unfairly, neither discouraging trouble nor explicitly calling for it.
The trigger of emotions has always been a Trump staple. His political movement was born in Arenas, which resonated with chants of “lock on him”. His support over the past four years has been animated against his methods of tireless gimmick, his slogans against “enemy of the people,” and his raw talent for political enemy with derogatory nicknames such as “Sleepy Joe” Leiden. It is one of the good ones.
But in the final weeks of Trump’s presidency, Tener has taken a more toxic edge as the state has confirmed Biden’s victory, after judge has dismissed Trump’s legal challenges and His cadre loyalists have played to his frustrations. As Biden builds the foundation of his new administration, Trump has gained attention for the movement when he goes out of office.
Security director of the Dominion Voting System, Eric Comer, said, “I don’t think it’s over on January 20. The secret location has been told that he is escaping death threats.” “I think it will continue for a long time.”
Hard beans, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said of state officials who are afraid for their safety.
Giuliani said in Michigan on Wednesday, “They are the ones who should dare to step up.” “You have to remind them that their oath to the Constitution is sometimes criticized. Sometimes it also needs to be threatened. “
For Coomer, trouble began when Trump campaign lawyers falsely claimed that his company was rigging the election.
Far right chat room posted details about his photo, his family and address. “The first death threat was almost immediate,” he told the Associated Press. “For the first few days it was your standard online Twitter threat, ‘Hang him, he’s a traitor.” “
But then a phone call, text message and a handwritten letter came to the father of an Army veteran from a targeted militia group that said, “How does it feel for a son to be a traitor?” At a secret location, Cooper is receiving messages from people saying that they know which city he has run into and vows to find him.
“It’s terrible,” he said. “I have worked in international elections in post-conflict countries where electoral violence is real and people are ending it. And I think we are on the verge of that. “
This week, Trump campaign lawyer Joey DiGenova reported on a radio show that a federal election official, who was fired for disputing Trump’s fraudulent claims, “should be pulled up and held in the quarter. Morning and Shot out. ”It is subject to horrific threats to their jobs as election officials and voting-system contractors in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and elsewhere.
“Such threats trigger an avalanche from them,” said Luis Clarke, executive director and CEO of the Government Accountability Project, an organization that protects whistleblowers. Of Digenova, Clarke said, “This is behavior from a mob lawyer.”
Digenova later stated that he was joking. The fired officer, Christopher Krebs, told The Washington Post, “My lawyers will talk, they will do it in court.”
As “Anonymous”, former Homeland Security official Miles Taylor wrote an insider account of the Trump administration, prompting Trump to tell rallies that “very bad work” would happen to this “traitor”. Now Taylor’s identity is known and he is assigned a security detail as the Secret Service recommended against him due to the nature of the threats.
“It’s unprecedented in America,” Taylor said. “This is not who we are. This is not what an open society looks like. “
Taylor said the disagreements have proven to be an effective tool to address dissent. “I spoke to very senior former officials, who wanted to come out to tell the truth during the presidential campaign, and many were afraid that it would harm their families.”
But such pressure did not silence some people in Georgia, with the results telling.
The intruders have been found on the property of GOP state secretary Brad Raffensparger, who has defended the integrity of his state’s election, resulting in a narrow Biden victory. And a young Dominion system contractor has been harassed with death threats. Dominion is the only voting system provider in Georgia, so the company is a lightning rod.
“In a broader aspect, against the post-election statements and threats,” Sterling said of the contractor.
Election security expert Matt Blaze angrily tweeted about the threats.
“It’s just making me sick,” he said. “Every conversation I have with the election people, we start with the death threats we’ve got. There is no excuse for what the goal is, but going after on-the-ground . Technicians and other employees are a new low. Don’t you feel any shame? “
Sterling, a Republican Georgia election official, said: “Somebody’s going to get hurt. Somebody’s going to get shot. Somebody’s going to be killed. And that’s not right.”
Trump last week called Raffensper “an enemy of the people,” Sterling, saying it “helped open the floodgates to such nonsense.” Sterling said that in addition to driving people to his property and watching, Raffensper’s wife is receiving indecent threats on her cellphone.
In Arizona, Katie Hobbs, Democratic Secretary of State, said that she is facing threats of violence in her family and her office.
Trump spokesman Kayle McNee said the White House condemned any violence. “What I would say, though, is also that the president’s lawyers (his) have put their personal information,” he said, “accusing the leftist organizations.”
“So we are seeing that happen to people on both sides and there is no place for that anywhere,” she said. In fact, GOP poll watchers said in affidavits in election lawsuits that they felt threatened and that Democrats shocked them.
One major difference, however, is that threats against Republican poll activists or officials by Trump’s opponents did not come from the top. Biden has also been largely off the field as Trump systematically organized the process with electoral activists, state officials who oppose his pressure and some judges.
He has been repeatedly following the Dominion voting system, contrary to assurances from state and federal officials, unfairly branding the “radical left company” responsible for a “stolen” election that the election was in the middle of an epidemic. Fair and remarkably well-run, none of the alleged mass fraud by the President.
Members of Trump’s administration have confirmed the validity of the election, though at least one, Krebs, was fired for it. Even Trump’s trusted aide, Attorney General William Barr, reported that the AP showed him no widespread fraud.
For Coomer, Dominion’s director of product strategy and safety, “This election was incredibly smooth across the board.”
But shortly after Eric Trump’s tweet of Cooper’s elections and a bizarre news conference where Trump’s lawyers Giuliani and Sidney Powell rant about Dominion and name him out, the real trouble starts for them. Hui.
Dominion placed third party protection for her, and was told not to return to her home.
A few nights ago, he said, he was told in texts that people were watching him, and that he would run better. Others had already said that they would rent a house in the city where he was hiding and find it.
“It’s a daily thing,” he said, “and no, I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since all this.”
Associated Press writers Kate Brumback in Atlanta, Lansing in Phoenix, David Eggert and Jacques Billuid in Phoenix contributed to this report.
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