Democrat Georgia Rep. Defends GOP Secretary of State After Trump Calls Him 'Enemy of the People'

Representative Lucy McBath, a Georgia Democrat, defended her state's Republican secretary of state after President Donald Trump called him the "enemy of the people" over his handling of the southern state's election.

Although it has been clear for nearly three weeks that Trump lost the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden, he has refused to concede. The president and his legal team have pushed unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, without providing evidence. Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attacked Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who the president endorsed in 2018, blaming him for the fact that more Georgians voted for Biden.

After a hand recount, Biden remained ahead of Trump by some 12,000 votes. But Trump has refused to accept reality, baselessly claiming the election was rigged. In comments to reporters on Thursday, he described Raffensperger as the "enemy of the people."

"The president's attacks on our democracy continues to be appalling. Georgia has been very upfront. We've run clean elections. We've had clean politics," McBath told CNN Friday when she was asked about Trump's criticism.

“The President's attacks on our democracy continues to be appalling. Georgia has been very upfront. We've run clean elections,” Rep. Lucy McBath says about Trump’s continued attacks on the Georgia secretary of state.

— New Day (@NewDay) November 27, 2020

"So the secretary of state, we do have to give him some applause for making sure he ran clean and safe and fair elections," the congresswoman said. "And if the president is not happy with that, you know, we've done what we were called to do. And we've done it fairly, and now we have a new president-elect and that is President-elect Joe Biden," she said.

Newsweek reached out to Raffensperger's office for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

In an opinion article published by USA Today on Wednesday, Raffensperger pointed out that he and his family had voted for and donated to Trump.

"By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election. We finally defeated voting lines and put behind us Fulton County's now notorious reputation for disastrous elections. This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost," Raffensperger wrote.

"For those wondering, mine lost—my family voted for him [Trump], donated to him and are now being thrown under the bus by him," he noted.

Brad Raffensperger
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State speaks onstage during 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 20 in Atlanta, Georgia Paras Griffin/Getty

Notably, Trump publicly endorsed Raffensperger and called him "fantastic" exactly two years to the day before he described him as an "enemy of the people" on Thursday.

"Brad Raffensperger will be a fantastic Secretary of State for Georgia - will work closely with @BrianKempGA. It is really important that you get out and vote for Brad," the president tweeted on November 26, 2018. Now the president is claiming, without evidence, that the person he endorsed—and who voted for him—helped rig the election in favor of Biden.