'Someone's Going To Get Killed': Ga. Official Blasts GOP Silence On Election Threats

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In a fiery Tuesday press conference, Gabriel Sterling had scathing words top Republican leaders who have been attacking Georgia's election system.
'Someone's Going To Get Killed': Ga. Official Blasts GOP Silence On Election Threats

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Updated at 10:55 p.m. ET

A top election official in Georgia had scathing words for President Trump and other top Republican leaders who have been attacking Georgia's election system in recent weeks after a spate of reported harassment and death threats during the state's recount.

A Twitter thread accusing a young technician of altering votes in Gwinnett County led to his identity being released and calls for him to be "hung for treason." Caravans of horn-honking Trump supporters constantly parade past Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's private residence and his wife has received sexually explicit threats. President Trump himself has suggested that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp "call off election" and falsely suggested he won the state's 16 electoral votes.

"Someone's going to get hurt, someone's going to get shot, someone's going to get killed," Gabriel Sterling with the secretary of state's office said Monday afternoon in an emotional and forceful press conference. "It's not right."

Sterling, a fixture in recent weeks as a calm, even-tempered source of election information and factoids about the complicated counting processes, unloaded on Trump, both Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue and other GOP officials that have egged on the party's base to believe in widespread fraud.

"It has to stop," he said. "Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop. We need you to step up. And if you take a position of leadership, show some."

Sterling said the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was a report that a Gwinnett County technician was outed and receiving death threats after a video circulated online purportedly showing him manipulating data as part of an official…
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