Why does Donald Trump act so unpresidential

Election result: Trump puts pressure on Secretary of State

The incumbent US President Donald Trump has, according to the Washington Post, in an unusual phone call, insisted on a subsequent change in the election result in the state of Georgia. In the one-hour conversation, Trump bluntly asked the State Secretary, Brad Raffensperger, who was responsible for carrying out the election, to "find" enough votes for him and to "recalculate" the result, as the newspaper reports. The newspaper also published parts of a recording of Saturday's conversation.

Trump described Raffensperger as "clueless" after the phone call on Twitter. The Republican Trump threatened his party colleague Raffensperger in the conversation that he was taking a "great risk" and possibly guilty of a crime if he did not act against the election fraud. Trump had narrowly lost Georgia in the November 3rd election. The Democrat Joe Biden was there with about 12,000 votes in front. The results were recounted there twice; Despite Trump's claims, there was no evidence of electoral fraud.

In the phone call, Trump complained about the "wrong" result in Georgia and asserted that he had won the election. "I just want to find 11,780 votes ... because we won the state," he said, according to the recording. "We won the election and it is not fair to take the victory away from us," said Trump. Raffensperger should check the results again, demanded the incumbent head of state. "But check it out with people who want to find answers," said Trump.

"We have to stand by our numbers"

Raffensperger replied, according to the recording: "We have to stand by our numbers. We believe our numbers are correct." The State Secretary pointed out that the results would also have stood up in court. In Georgia, runoff elections for two Senate seats will also take place on Tuesday, the result of which could overturn the majority of Republicans in the Chamber of Parliament in Washington.

The Washington Post article said the "rambling and sometimes incoherent conversation" showed how "obsessed and desperate" the president was over his electoral defeat. Trump still believes he could change the outcome in enough states to secure a second term. The Republican continues to refuse to recognize the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden. This is to be sworn in on January 20th.

"Brazen abuse of power"

Trump's efforts represent in the eyes of the elected US Vice President Kamala Harris a case of "brazen abuse of power". The actions of the Republican reveal "the voice of despair," said the Democrat in the evening (local time) at an election campaign appearance in the city of Savannah in Georgia. Trump and his Republicans have filed six lawsuits against the result in the state and have thus been unsuccessful.

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