In the wake of last night’s epic indictment fest in Georgia in which 19 individuals were charged with 41 different felonies, a haul bigger than (to borrow a phrase) we have ever seen, disgraced Presidential Historian Johnathan Turley appeared on Fox News to defend indictee #1 as regards his “perfect phone call” to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – during which he admonished Raffensperger to “find” him 11,780 votes.
Turley tries to sell the notion here that Trump was merely asking Raffensperger for a recount, which, in the case of the 2020 Georgia vote totals would have been automatically triggered has the vote margin been closer to 4500 votes rather than 11,780.
In any case there had already been two recounts of the Georgia vote, as requested by the Trump Campaign before the call, Johnathan.
Turley, if he were not so deep in the pockets of Fox News and Trump, should know this is nonsense.
Not once in the call did the word “recount” come up, and for good reason as two had already been completed and as the average state recount of votes numbers about 430 votes.
Trump damn well knew that an honest retabulation of the vote would not change the outcome, instead, alleging widespread vote fraud, machine tampering and ballot shredding, Trump was asking Raffensperger to use the power of his office to change the totals.
Here is Turley:
get a load of Jonathan Turley defending Trump's call when he asked Georgia election officials to find votes for him. clown stuff pic.twitter.com/8SRrnjS90L
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 15, 2023
Aaron Rupar’s followers try to help Turley see the error of his ways:
— 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐢 (@ChidiNwatu) August 15, 2023
Apparently not, Chidi.
Don’t misquote what President Trump said on the phone. Perhaps you can include the transcript which is now public.
— baystreetwiseguy (@Bay_St_Wiseguy) August 15, 2023
I guess that is Turley’s job now. So sad.
someone is padding his pockets…has been for awhile – that's the GOP in a nutshell
— TBella M – (@Mighty_Im) August 15, 2023
lol that's not what he asked.
— Based and Biased (@based_biased) August 15, 2023
Nope, it was not.
Everything Turley is saying is a straight-up lie–not just bad legal analysis.
— John Petrie (@bemidjijohn) August 15, 2023
Yup. He knows better and still says it.
He leaves out the part where trump threatens them with federal prosecution if they don't "find" the votes he wanted.
— Lisa G (@LisaG724) August 15, 2023
He sure does.
"Only" 11,000 votes? 😂
Not to mention, they did a recount. And another one. And an audit
And that was all done BEFORE that phone call
There was no where to "find" 11,000 votes pic.twitter.com/kVmUoHjU5j
— 🇺🇸Jackie S 🇺🇦🙏🏻4️⃣☮️ (@KaysGramma) August 15, 2023
But if you have a reasonably well-put-together voting system, the chance of "finding" 11 votes, let alone 11,000, is vanishingly small. So yes, Trump was asking for fraudulent votes to be created.
— Rich Gardner (@gardner190) August 15, 2023
I’d call him a clown, but that would require @JonathanTurley to be funny and not a groveling hack.
— Pence’s Hair Fly (@PENCESFLYTRAP) August 15, 2023
Will they adjust the water temperature just so for tRump? pic.twitter.com/CsVVaTHZRH
— White Fang (@RWhiteFang) August 15, 2023
The only question Turley should be asking himself is when Trump is gone, by whatever blessed mechanism, where does he go to get his reputation back?