Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger refused to rule out the possibility of voting for former President Donald Trump in 2024 on Tuesday night, even though Raffensperger earlier this year claimed that Trump had threatened him and was threatened with death by his family.
After Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election, the dovish Raffensperger has suddenly became a national focus when the former president was about to pressure Republican state officials to “find 11,780 votes” and overturn Georgia’s election results.
Raffensperger repeatedly resisted Trump’s efforts to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory, and thus became a villain in the world of MAGA and received threats against his family. The minister also detailed how Trump try to “bully” and threaten him looking for more votes in their time infamous call on January 2.
Still Raffensperger said Tuesday night that he is likely to be swayed to vote for Trump if he becomes the GOP presidential candidate in 2024.
“You said for a year that you voted for Donald Trump in 2020,” Peacock host Mehdi Hasan asked the Georgia official. “So if it looked like he was the Republican candidate again in 2024, would you vote for him again?”
Raffensperger deflected, claiming it was “far in the future” and then tried to change the subject, prompting Hasan to backtrack and hit the point.
“You did a great job avoiding many of my questions,” declared the progressive host. “So I’ll ask again: If Donald Trump were the candidate – you told me at the beginning of the interview that you were a Republican, you were a conservative – would you vote? for this guy?”
Again saying that the election is “far away in the future”, Raffensperger stated that he was “not even thinking about it” and said he is more focused on running for re-election next year.
“You don’t rule it out, it’s amazing to me,” Hasan countered. “This is someone who has incited violence against you and your family, and are you considering possibly voting for him? You’re not going to say tonight, ‘There’s no way I’d vote for that guy?’
After a few seconds of awkward silence, Raffensperger insisted he “didn’t really understand” Hasan’s question, prompting the veteran journalist to try one last time to get a definitive answer from his guest.
“We’re running out of time and I’ll ask it again: You can say definitively tonight that you will not vote in 2024 for the man you say has threatened you, incited threats threaten against you?” Hasan pressed.
Raffensperger, again, would not rule out the possibility.
“I believe that in 2024 we will have someone who can grow the party because we haven’t had 50% of the popular vote for a long time,” he replied. “We need to develop our party. We needed to find a way to do that because we had a really compelling message that reached out to people, broadened the base, and we could make sure we got 50 plus one percent of the people, at the same time win the electoral college”.
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