The South Carolina senator asked the Georgia secretary of state to toss out legally cast ballots.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is trying to get Donald Trump's loss in Georgia overturned by asking the state's top election official to simply throw away legally cast ballots, the Washington Post reported Monday night.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Graham asked whether he could simply invalidate every mail-in ballot in counties that had high rates of nonmatching signatures — a move that would have tossed out legally cast ballots as well.
"It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road," Raffensperger told the Post.
Graham's request came on Friday — the same day Trump tweeted about signature matching in Georgia, and the same day a Trump-supporting lawyer filed a lawsuit in the state demanding that all mail-in ballots be tossed out.
"Georgia Secretary of State, a so-called Republican (RINO), won’t let the people checking the ballots see the signatures for fraud," Trump tweeted. "Why? Without this the whole process is very unfair and close to meaningless. Everyone knows that we won the state."
Raffensperger refused Graham's request to toss out legally cast ballots in the state Trump lost by 14,205 votes, and criticized members of his own party who are wrongly casting doubt on free and fair elections.
But Democrats are calling for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Graham for his request to toss out legally cast ballots for no reason other than to help steal the election for Trump.
Graham, for his part, has been vocal about his desire to overturn the election results in any way he can to stop President-elect Joe Biden from taking office.
On Nov. 5, two days after the election, Graham said Republican-controlled legislatures should simply appoint Electoral College electors who would vote for Trump, even if voters in their states voted for Biden.
"I think everything should be on the table," Graham told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
And on Nov. 9, Graham went on Hannity's show again to say that Republicans should simply abolish voting by mail, saying, "If we don't do something about voting by mail, we're gonna lose the ability to elect a Republican in this country."
Of course, there is no evidence at all that voting by mail favors one party over another. States like Utah conduct their elections entirely by mail, and Republicans dominate the state.
However, Republicans like Graham have needed to find excuses for why Trump lost reelection by a "landslide" — according to Trump's own metrics.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.