You well remember Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, the mother and daughter election worker team in Georgia, who were catapulted to fame when Rudy Giuliani depicted them as sharing thumb drives. Not just any thumb drives, either, but magical ones that could change the number of votes.
It got worse. Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss became household names and the MAGA crazies were after them.
The death threats came. Comments like, “Be glad this is 2020 and not 1920,” were left on Freeman’s phone. Freeman and Moss subsequently testified before the January 6 Committee. Now Donald Trump is screaming about Ruby in caps on his Truth Social platform.
I don’t have the slightest idea what he’s talking about. What is going through my mind right now is that this is yet one more reason that Trump didn’t come back to Twitter. He’s the undisputed monarch of his own platform but on Twitter, even in the Age of Musk, he would have dozens, if not hundreds, of lawyers on his back telling him how utterly wrong he is.
Maybe this is what he’s raving about. This is from the Washington Post and it involves Giuliani talking about suitcases. Maybe Trump is reading something like this and is confused as to who is the speaker.
Moss said she was speechless when her supervisors showed her a recording of Giuliani’s statement to a Georgia state Senate committee investigating the 2020 result. Giuliani claimed that Moss and Freeman had plotted to kick out observers at the State Farm Arena, where the county had set up a ballot counting operation. They had brought in suitcases filled with fraudulent ballots for Biden and scanned them through the tabulating teams multiple times, he said. He described surveillance video from the arena that he claimed showed the two exchanging USB memory sticks, presumably containing fraudulent vote counts, “as if they’re vials of cocaine.”
Well, Rudy probably knows more about vials of cocaine than these two women. I’m ready to guess that.
“I mean, it’s obvious to anyone who’s a criminal investigator or prosecutor that they are engaged in surreptitious, illegal activity,” Giuliani said. “And they’re still walking around Georgia. They should have been questioned already. Their homes should have been searched for evidence.”
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), who led the questioning at Tuesday’s hearing, asked Moss: “None of that was true, was it?”
Moss’s answer: “None of it.”
Schiff then asked about the USB memory sticks.
“What was your mom actually handing you on that video?”
“A ginger mint,” Moss said.
Trump also attacked Freeman and Moss personally in a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) just days before the Capitol attack, mentioning Freeman 18 times and describing her at one point as a “professional vote scammer and hustler.” The Washington Post obtained a recording of the call and published it last year.
The threats and harassment that ensued even reached Moss’s grandmother, who called one day, screaming, to say people had knocked on her door and, when she had opened it, had tried to push into the home in search of Moss and Freeman. Moss recounted how awful she felt telling her grandmother, “who likes to get her steps in walking around the neighborhood,” that she had to stop exercising outside for her own safety. At night, pranksters “continuously” sent pizzas to her home that the delivery drivers expected her to pay for, Moss testified.
“I just felt so helpless and so horrible for her,” Moss said.
Schiff closed Moss’s appearance by asking her how many other election workers pictured in the State Farm Arena surveillance video are still working for Fulton County.
“There is no permanent election worker or supervisor in that video that’s still there,” she said.
That is a horrible result. And this is strictly the doing of Trump and the lunatics around him. Shaye Moss testified how she loved her job, loved working with the older people, loved getting ballots to the disabled, all the things that a good election worker does. And Trump ran them all off.
And now he’s out for more. He hasn’t ruined the lives of this family enough, he’s out for more.
If there is any justice in this world, Trump will be behind bars. This is, to use one of his 200 vocabulary words, “a disgrace.”