Brad Raffensperger Says Trump Phone Call to 'Find' Votes in Georgia Was a 'Threat'

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger believes former President Donald Trump's phone call asking him to "find" votes in the 2020 presidential election was a "threat."

Raffensperger, a Republican, made the comment in his newly published book, Integrity Counts, and also argued that those Republicans attacking him were damaging the GOP.

The former president was recorded asking Raffensperger to "find" more than 11,000 votes on January 2. That was four days before Congress met to ratify the results of the November election.

A recording of that call and a transcript were later released by The Washington Post on January 5.

Raffensperger's book ends with Trump's phone call and the secretary of state's comment that he perceived it as a threat.

"I felt then—and still believe today—that this was a threat," Raffensperger wrote.

"Others obviously thought so, too, because some of Trump's more radical followers have responded as if it was their duty to carry out this threat," he went on.

Raffensperger refused to comply with Trump's request and has repeatedly defended the integrity of the election in Georgia, which President Joe Biden won by 49.5 percent to Trump's 49.3 percent.

Biden flipped the state Trump had won in 2016.

As he defended his state's election, Raffensperger and his family became the subject of threats, including a message to "please pray" because the person sending the message planned "for the death of you and your family every day."

During the phone call on January 2, Trump claimed that people in Georgia were "shredding ballots, in my opinion, based on what I've heard" and urged Raffensperger to do something about it.

"All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state," Trump told Raffensperger.

Former President Trump has continued to make unfounded claims about voter fraud and other irregularities in the 2020 presidential election since he left office on January 20.

He has also continued to criticize Republican officials, including Raffensperger, who have defended the integrity of the election.

In his book, Raffensperger took aim at members of his party who have attacked him, suggesting they were damaging the GOP.

"When you eat your young and you go after people in your own party who are loyal, traditional Republicans, you are destroying our future as a party," he wrote.

Raffensperger also defended U.S. elections more broadly, writing: "Our elections are both fairer and more secure than they have been at any point in our history."

Newsweek has asked former President Trump's office for comment.

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Former president of the United States Donald Trump waves prior to Game Four of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has written about Trump's "find" the votes phone call in his new book. Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images