Brad Raffensperger Bemoans Ongoing Threats to Election Workers Over Trump Claims

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has called on elected officials to take action on threats against election officials because of "continuing" false claims about the 2020 presidential election.

Raffensperger, a Republican, has been the subject of fierce criticism from supporters of former President Donald Trump who believe the election was "stolen" due to mass voter fraud and other irregularities. Courts have consistently rejected these claims.

His wife, Tricia Raffensperger, revealed death threats the couple had received in an interview with Reuters on Friday and explained measures they'd taken to protect themselves, such as going into hiding for almost a week after intruders broke into their widowed daughter-in-law's home.

One text they received said: "You and your family will be killed very slowly" and another said: "We plan for the death of you and your family every day."

The couple, both in their 60s, stopped having their grandchildren visit as a result of the threats.

Raffensperger took to Twitter on Friday to share the Reuters article and call for action to be taken.

"The continuing false claims of a stolen election have led to violent/death threats, intimidation, and claims of prison time coming for elections workers. They keep coming," Raffensperger wrote.

"Real leaders need to take steps to stop it. So far they haven't," he said.

The continuing false claims of a stolen election have led to violent/death threats, intimidation, and claims of prison time coming for elections workers. They keep coming. Real leaders need to take steps to stop it. So far they haven't. https://t.co/L5gL5nrj4u

— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) June 11, 2021

Raffensperger also spoke to CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday and reiterated the sentiment, calling for elected officials to do something about ongoing threats relating to the last election.

"This is not acceptable behavior to threaten wives, children, the family of people that work for the government," Raffensperger said. "It's time that elected officials on both sides hold our sides accountable. So if you're on our side of the aisle, on the right side, we need to hold our people accountable and we need to clean up our backyard just like the left needs to clean up that backyard."

Tricia Raffensperger and two other sources also told Reuters that people identifying themselves as members of the Oath Keepers were found outside the Raffenspergers' home. The Oath Keepers are a far-right militia group who have supported efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

"To feel such fear, Secretary, it brings tears to my eyes. It's truly sickening," Burnett said to Raffensperger on Friday.

"Even if it wasn't a violent thing, just people screaming and hollering and shouting at me and my grandchildren hearing that," Raffensperger said. "You know, just think about the emotional scars that could happen to them, but also what if they're actually in physical danger. So that's why we took a several month break of having the children over there until things started calming down a little bit."

Former President Trump has repeatedly made unfounded claims that the election was "stolen" from him. On January 2, he called Raffensperger and urged him to "find" enough votes to allow him to win Georgia. The district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia is investigating whether Trump illegally interfered in the 2020 election in the state.

Newsweek has asked Brad Raffensperger's office for comment.

Brad Raffensperger Speaks On Stage in 2020
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State speaks onstage during 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raffensperger has called on elected officials to take action regarding threats against elections officials. Paras Griffin/Getty Images