A 20-year-old Dominion contractor is facing death threats, he said.
ATLANTA – Gabriel Sterling, the vote implementation manager at the Georgian Foreign Minister’s office, is insane. During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, he was visibly shocked by some of the threats some election officials had received.
“It has all gone too far,” he said in a raised voice to start the event. “All of it.”
It comes after a 20-year-old Dominion contractor receives death threats, Sterling said. He said the worker had received threats with a noose on social media – he should be hanged for high treason. He said the technician was shipping a report for lots in Gwinnett County.
“He was just trying to do his job,” said Sterling. “That is not right.”
Sterling also mentioned Joe diGenova, the lawyer for President Donald Trump’s campaign, calling for violence against Chris Krebs, a former White House cybersecurity officer.
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“He should be pulled and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot,” diGenova said during the Howie Carr Show. He later said he was joking.
Sterling urged everyone, including the President and GOP Senators, to condemn this type of action.
“Mr. President, you have not condemned these acts or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these acts. This has to stop! We have to reinforce you, and if you want to take a leadership position – show some.”
Sterling went on to say that his home is safe and he understands because he is a senior civil servant. He mentioned that his boss, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his wife have trailers in front of their house.
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“It has to stop,” he said.
He said citizens should fight for any legislative vote and use their first right of amendment, however death threats and intimidation are too much.
He said he couldn’t explain how much angry he was about all of this – and that every Georgian and American should feel the same way.
He concluded with a message to President Trump.
“Mr. President. It looks like you’ve probably lost the state of Georgia. We’re investigating. There is always a possibility. I see. And you have the right to take the course. Which you can’t.” do – and you have to step up and say this – stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone is getting hurt. Someone is shot. Somebody is killed. And it’s not right. That is not right.”
“Mr President, as the secretary said yesterday, people are not giving you the best advice on what is actually going on on the ground. It is time to look ahead. If you want to run for re-election in four years, fine But all we’re seeing right now there is no way. Be the bigger man here. And stop. Come in. Tell your followers: Don’t be violent. Don’t be intimidated. Anything that’s wrong. It’s un-American. “
11Alive approached Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for comment.
We received a statement from each campaign that read:
“Senator Perdue condemns all violence against anyone. Period. We will not apologize for addressing the obvious problems our state has in running our elections. Georgians deserve accountability and improvement in this process – and we are fighting for them to ensure this. ” The January 5th elections are safe, transparent and accurate. “- John Burke, communications director
“Like many officials, Senator Loeffler, as someone who has been the subject of threats, condemns violence of any kind, of course. How ridiculous to suggest anything else. We also condemn inaction and lack of accountability in our electoral system process – and make no apologies for pointing this out. Senator Loeffler will continue to fight to ensure that we have fair, trustworthy and accurate elections because the future of our country is at stake. “- Stephen Lawson, campaign spokesman
The President retweeted a video from Brendan Keefe, Chief Investigator of 11Alive, showing a clip from Sterling from the press conference.
Trump claims that this was a “rigged election” and that there was “massive electoral fraud in Georgia”. However, election officials have repeatedly stated that there is no evidence of widespread fraud. Twitter also put a disclaimer on the president’s tweet, saying, “This election fraud claim is controversial.”
CNN reported that a Trump campaign spokesman said, “Nobody should engage in threats or violence, and when they do we fully condemn them.”
Manipulated choice. View signatures and envelopes. Exposure of massive electoral fraud in Georgia. What are the Foreign Minister and @BrianKempGA afraid of? You know what we will find !!! https://t.co/Km7tRm2s1A
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
Watch a replay of Sterling’s message here: