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What Pro-Trump Outlets Say About His Phone Call

He 'acted properly,' declares Newsmax
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2021 10:50 AM CST
What Pro-Trump Outlets Say About His Phone Call
President Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Valdosta Regional Airport on Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – After the Washington Post came out with its scoop about President Trump's phone call to Georgia election officials, critics accused him of running afoul of the law. But Trump's supporters see things much differently. Two examples of positive coverage:

  • Newsmax notes that the Post, referring to Trump's conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asserted that the president "repeatedly urged him to alter the outcome of the presidential vote in the state." But "this claim is false," reads the Newsmax story. Instead, "the transcript of the call shows Trump demanding an honest accounting of the ballots, which he says would give him more than 11,000 votes." The story goes through examples it says buttresses this assessment, concluding in its headline that the "President Acted Properly."

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  • A piece at the National Pulse strikes a similar chord. "Throughout the call, the President makes clear that his calls are for election transparency, full and transparent audits, and public access," reads the story, which lauds Trump for being well versed in the details. "At no point does the President imply he wants votes invented or confected, as the establishment media is portraying."
  • Counterpoint: No to all of that above, writes David Frum in the Atlantic. "Trump is abusing the power of the presidency until his last hour in office," he writes. Only a jury can say for sure whether what Trump did is a crime in regard to election tampering, he adds. But it's clear that Trump "will not let the chapter quietly close. Show him a red line, and he will cross it. And if the country's red lines are to be reestablished, Trump will have to face the law he violated and violated and violated again."
(Read more President Trump stories.)

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