“Have you ever all heard about that recorded dialog,” Harris requested an keen coastal Georgia crowd. A symphony of honking horns adopted. “Effectively, it was sure, definitely the voice of desperation, most definitely that,” Harris mentioned of Trump’s phrases. “And it was a bald, bald-faced, daring abuse of energy by the president of america.”
Within the recorded call The Washington Put up obtained, Trump tried belittling, flattering, begging, and even threatening Raffensperger to delve deeper into the commander in chief’s unsubstantiated declare of vote-rigging costing him the election to President-elect Joe Biden. “So look. All I need to do is that this,” Trump will be heard saying. “I simply need to discover 11,780 votes, which is yet another than we’ve got. As a result of we gained the state.” The newest recount performed by Raffensperger’s workplace confirmed the president misplaced to Biden by 11,779 votes, once more solidifying the Republican state’s flip in favor of a Democrat. Trump’s loss in Georgia represents the primary of its type since Georgia voters backed former President Invoice Clinton in 1992.
Harris used the details at play to suggest a query for Georgia voters within the face of the nation’s high chief attempting to suppress the state’s vote. “Every time we see this occur, I believe it requires not solely motion, but it surely requires a query,” Harris mentioned. “Why are such highly effective individuals attempting to make it tough for us to vote? And I believe we all know the reply. As a result of they know our energy.”
“Hey Savannah. Hey DJ Good. Oh it’s so good to be with you. Joyful new 12 months everyone. Joyful new 12 months. To all of my sisters and brothers, blissful new 12 months. You recognize, though I’ve to let you know I used to be right here in Georgia, not in Savannah, I used to be in one other a part of the state earlier this month or final month however I mentioned you already know what, the brand new 12 months actually I believe 2020 just isn’t over till we get via the tip of Tuesday, January 5. Then we are able to actually have fun the brand new 12 months. So 2020’s probably not over till we get via the tip of Tuesday, January 5, and elect to america Senate a son of Savannah, Raphael Warnock, and a son of Georgia, Jon Ossoff, to america Senate. [horns honking]
That’s the process earlier than us. Us, and in the fingers of you because the voters of Georgia to do what just isn’t solely in the very best curiosity of the individuals of this stunning and nice state, however by extension what you’ll do for individuals throughout the nation, for individuals for whom chances are you’ll by no means meet, individuals who might by no means know your identify. However due to your activism, due to your voice, due to your struggle, they may eternally profit, and their lives will eternally be higher. ‘Trigger right here’s what I’ma let you know. So I used to be elected to america Senate 4 years in the past, um. It was truly a bittersweet night time. It was the identical night time Donald Trump was elected president, so there you go, however I’ll let you know I have been in america Senate now for 4 years years. I used to be elected as solely the second Black girl within the historical past of america Senate to be in that chamber, [cheering] [horns honking] and I’ve seen what occurs there.
And so a part of why I’m right here in Savannah right here right this moment, this Sunday, the Sunday earlier than the Tuesday the place you will make historical past. A part of why I’m right here right this moment is to share with you the experiences I’ve had in america Senate, the place I’ve seen that physique of 100 individuals, 100 People, make the selections that impression over 320 million People. These 100 people who every have a voice that may change the course of the historical past of our nation. I used to be there, that late night time into the early morning the place there was a vote on probably the most important items of public coverage and laws to ever hit our nation. Due to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, once they handed the Reasonably priced Care Act. That was additionally known as Obamacare. I used to be there to witness the debates that occurred the place individuals have been attempting to make politics out of your public well being, the place they have been decided to attempt to eliminate any accomplishments of the primary Black president of america and subsequently tried to eliminate a healthcare coverage that introduced healthcare [to] over 20 million individuals who didn’t have it. Who mentioned we’re going to eliminate the ban on preexisting circumstances as a result of individuals who have diabetes, who’ve lupus, who’ve hypertension shouldn’t be denied protection due to a preexisting situation. A legislation that mentioned it’s unsuitable, it’s unjust, to cost ladies extra for well being care as a result of their our bodies have been designed to breed the human race.
And I used to be there then on the ground of america Senate. It should’ve been 2 o’clock within the morning. It was early morning hours, the place the consequence of that almost all essential piece of laws could be decided. And I witnessed then the ability of only one senator in america Senate. When the late nice John McCain mentioned ‘no you do not.’ You keep in mind that? You keep in mind that? And Savannah you may have a call to elect two United States senators. That’s the energy that’s in your fingers to elect two people who’re excellent leaders in Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, and I do know them. I’ve frolicked with them. We now have talked. We now have prayed collectively. We now have talked about the destiny of our nation, the way forward for our nation, the promise of our nation. And so they have talked to me concerning the state of Georgia.
They’ve mentioned to me “Kamala it’s essential know what’s taking place in our state.” They’ve mentioned to me, “these are the wants of the individuals. These are the wants of the kids. These are the wants of small companies. These are the wants of working individuals.” That’s who these two males are. And have a look at that within the context of the historical past of the state of Georgia. Take a look at it within the context of the years the place people have been disadvantaged of the appropriate to vote, who have been disadvantaged of full standing of citizenship. Take a look at it within the historical past of Georgia the place one of many biggest American heroes who’s now one of many biggest of our ancestors, John Lewis, shed his blood on the Edmund Pettis Bridge, an amazing Georgian, for the appropriate to vote. And he had to shed his blood as a result of the forces have been so highly effective and violent in attempting to disclaim individuals the rights of full citizen, the appropriate to vote.
Let’s fast-forward to latest historical past the place we all know have been there not highly effective individuals attempting to mess with people’ proper to vote, we’d be speaking about Governor Stacey Abrams. [horns honking] Let’s discuss more moderen historical past, when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been on the poll, they usually have been nonetheless messing with people’ proper to vote in November, attempting to make it tough, attempting to make it complicated, attempting to discourage individuals. However the individuals of Georgia mentioned ‘oh no you do not. [horns honking] Oh no you do not.’ The individuals of Georgia understood, after which have a look at the newest historical past which is that after you elected, you turned Georgia blue. You elected Joe Biden president of america. You elected the primary Black girl within the historical past of our nation to be the vp of america. [cheering] [horns honking]. And so they have the gall to counsel you didn’t know what you have been doing. You should have gone about it in a approach that was illegitimate, they usually filed six lawsuits, not one, not two, six lawsuits attempting to problem your voice in that election. And so they failed each time. [cheering] [horns honking] And the individuals’s voice stays standing. After which, the president of america, the present president of america known as the Senate race in Georgia, this Senate race in Georgia, illegitimate. He known as it unlawful and invalid. Unlawful and invalid, suggesting that the individuals of Georgia are attempting to commit a criminal offense.
After which let’s simply fast-forward to most up-to-date historical past, which is yesterday. Have you ever all heard about that recorded dialog? [horns honking] Effectively, it was sure definitely the voice of desperation, most definitely that. And it was a bald, bald-faced, daring abuse of energy by the president of america. [horns honking] And I elevate all that, the individuals and the leaders of Savannah—as a result of when you’re right here proper now on this Sunday, New Yr’s weekend, two days earlier than the election you’re a chief, and I thanks for that— and I elevate all this to remind us to ask a query all the time after we see these highly effective individuals which can be attempting to make it tough. Making an attempt to make it complicated. Making an attempt to invalidate our voice.
Every time we see this occur, I believe it requires not solely motion, but it surely requires a query. Why are such highly effective individuals attempting to make it tough for us to vote? And I believe we all know the reply. It’s as a result of they know our energy. They know our energy. They know after we vote, issues change. They know after we vote, we win. [cheering] [horns honking]. In order that’s what’s earlier than us but once more and earlier than you the leaders of Georgia, to say that you’ll not be silenced. You’ll not be sidelined. Your voice won’t be neglected. That you’ll struggle as a result of you already know that after we struggle for our nation and the legitimacy of our Democracy, we win. [horns honking] We win, [horns honking] and so the whole lot is at stake.
Every thing is at stake. Whenever you pull out the votes which can be in your group, in your loved ones, in your neighborhood by reminding individuals of what’s at stake, the way forward for our nation will likely be very a lot within the combine. Once we remind our neighbors and our members of the family and our associates that the people who’re elected to america Senate every and collectively make choices about whether or not we’re going to have a federal minimal wage that’s at the very least $15 an hour. They are going to make choices about whether or not we could have well being care and the enlargement of Medicaid within the state of Georgia. They are going to make choices about whether or not we give individuals a $2,000 examine once they have been out of labor for months. [horns honking] They are going to make choices which can be about whether or not or not they see the individuals. And on this case, for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, seeing what they speak to me about once they say, “Kamala, it’s essential know that right here within the state of Georgia one in seven households are describing starvation of their family. One in six households are having a tough time on an incapability to pay hire. One in 4 small companies is about to exit of enterprise or has gone out of enterprise.”
And you’ll decide about who’s holding these strongest positions that may chart the course of Georgian households and households throughout our nation. So I’m right here to thanks on behalf of Joe and myself for what you probably did in November, and I’m right here to ask you to do it once more. [cheering] [horns honking] And I’m simply gonna, I’m simply gonna remind us all, you already know, these are moments after we see these nice challenges that do problem additionally our religion. And it requires us to dig deep, and it requires us to additionally see, to see in our hearts and in our minds what is feasible, what will be, unburdened by what has been. And that is a type of moments, and this second, Savannah, this second will go. And years from now our kids, our grandchildren, and others, they may look in our eyes, every considered one of us, and they’re going to ask us “the place have been you at that second?” And what I do know is that we can reply by telling them a lot extra than simply how we felt at this second. We are going to inform them what we did. [cheering] We are going to inform them what we did. We are going to inform them we will likely be hanging out of the Backyard Metropolis Stadium with Kamala, and Jon, and Raphael.
We are going to inform them we advised everyone we knew what’s at stake, that we didn’t cease calling them, and emailing them, and texting them ‘til they bought bored with us, however we knew they’d recover from it. We are going to inform them we helped people who hadn’t but turned of their ballots to not put it within the mailbox however to take it and drop it off. We are going to inform them vote, vote, vote as a result of your life depends upon it. And we are going to inform them that’s how we elected Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to america Senate. Thanks.