State and Local Republicans Standing Up to Trump Are Putting National G.O.P. Leaders to Shame
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John Cassidy writes about the Republican officials at the state and county level who have asserted that the 2020 Presidential election was free, fair, and decisive, defying President Donald Trump's attempts to cast doubts on the election results and stay in office.
As Donald Trump has escalated his assault on the U.S. democratic process over the past few days, an interesting and encouraging trend has developed. In several of the states at the center of Trump's odious machinations, at least some state and local Republican officials have defied the President and asserted the simple truth that so many of their fellow-Republicans in Washington have failed to acknowledge: the election was free, fair, and decisive.

On Friday, following a hand recount of all the votes cast in Georgia, the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, certified that Joe Biden carried the Peach State by 12,670 votes—a victory that gave the President-elect another sixteen votes in the Electoral College, bringing his total to three hundred and six. In an interview with the Washington Post earlier this week, Raffensperger, a businessman as well as a politician, criticized other Republicans for putting pressure on him to overturn Biden's lead. He also said that he and his wife have received death threats. In announcing the certification on Friday, Raffensperger described himself as "a passionate conservative" and "proud Trump supporter" who backed the President's bid from early on. He also said, "Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don't lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people—not a decision by the secretary of state's office, or of courts, or of either campaign."

Also on Friday, the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix, certified that 2,089,563 votes had been counted in their county, a longtime bastion of Sun Belt conservatism, and that Biden had defeated Trump by more than forty-five thousand votes. The certification came after the dismissal of lawsuits that the Trump campaign and the Arizona Republican Party had filed against Maricopa County—and after Trump supporters repeatedly…
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