Yesterday the Washington Post released a tape of a phone call President Trump had with Georgia official’s. I encourage everyone go listen to the tape or read the transcript and come to your own conclusions. Since the call is over an hour long I will not be covering the whole thing. Instead I’ll be breaking down the same small segments that were covered in a short video posted on twitter by Keith Edwards since as far as I’m aware, that spread first and/or further than the article itself.
In the first segment of the video you hear Trump saying “We have won this election in Georgia based on all of this.” Based on what? You don’t know. The reason why is because they took a small sliver from a long tirade where he covers all that. However, what I think is more important is that towards the end of the clip you hear the President say, “And there’s nothing with saying that, you know, you’ve recalculated.” Firstly, Trump isn’t trying to say that they should lie and that’ll be their excuse, he’s saying that based on all that he’s said before (in entire call) and looking into these claims, if he’s proven right (which he believes he will be) then it’s okay to admit they were wrong. Secondly, what you don’t hear in the short video but what you hear in the call and see in the transcript is the following by Trump, “Because the 2,236 in absentee ballots. I mean, they’re all exact numbers that were done by accounting firms, law firms, etc. And even if you cut ’em in half, cut ’em in half and cut ’em in half again, it’s more votes than we need.” They cut that out and go to Raffensperger’s response, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong.” There the segment ends.
They left out the rest of the response for I believe two reasons. One, because they’re biased hacks trying to push a specific narrative and dunk on the President. Two, because they know what Raffensperger said was wrong in regards to Mr. Braynard. Braynard himself come on to twitter and called him out saying, “Hey dumbass @GaSecofState I never made any such allegation. Get your facts straight and do your job. I handed you via FedEx thousands of illegitimate voters.” and in a follow up tweet, “I have never made any accusation anything like this ever. In fact, very early on I specifically said we did not find this. This clown needs to resign.”
The second segment there isn’t much to. There’s no tricky editing or anything. It’s just used, honestly in my opinion, to make the President look either crazy, an idiot, or both. The only reason why that happens is because Trump is Trump. We all know this. He’s larger than life and thinks he knows it all. Other than that, there’s nothing to this.
On to the third segment which is only 16 seconds long and again terribly edited. It opens up on the President saying, “You should want to have an accurate election.” If you look at the transcript you can see that is right in the middle of a sentence. Furthermore, the last thing the President says before this segment ends, you can hear him being cut off right in the middle of a sentence. Why do they do this? Because they want him to sound crazy. Even if you think he’s wrong and there is no evidence, looking at this in context, what he says makes sense.
Number four of six again the edit is cutting in right in the middle of a sentence. You could argue that not much before that isn’t important. I’d be inclined to agree with you. That’s not the point though is it. The point is that it’s dishonest and again, is all about framing. It’s making it look like the President is trying to blackmail these officials when that isn’t the case. If it were, he has lawyers on the line with him, I’m sure they would’ve spoken up at that point. Here is where people get the idea that Trump is trying to draw up fake ballots to be “found” in order for him to win the election.
That isn’t what the President is saying at all. What he is saying, is that they don’t need to fix or find all the fraudulent votes. Just enough to win. The reason why is because they only have so much time, and trying to do that to every single vote would take years. They don’t have years. This is made clear earlier in the call.
So onto segment five and I can tell you that there is a theme here that’ll continue through the rest of the video and this piece. It’s framing. That’s the short end of it. I say this because the most important information is being cut out at the beginning. Here is everything before the opening of the segment.
The sixth and final segment. Lastly, this is framing it to sound like Trump is getting frustrated and still trying to blackmail. For the last time, if we just add a little context, go just a little earlier in the call, we can see that’s not the case. What is the case is that the President is getting frustrated that the officials aren’t willing to fully cooperate with Trumps legal team to try and get this all figured out.
And just to cover all of my bases, I’m going to provide you with an after context that shows the Trump team is actually the ones being civil and the Georgia officials being hardliners.
At the end of the day, just go read the whole thing for yourself. Trust me, it gets really interesting after the forty minute mark.