The video clip of a Georgian election worker angrily condemning Donald Trump for “inspiring people to potential acts of violence” was viewed online more than six million times in the first 24 hours.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabriel Sterling, the head of election administration for the Georgian Foreign Minister’s office, attracted nationwide attention for his passionate words against the president, who continues to claim that the election was “rigged” because of widespread electoral fraud.
Georgian was one of the hot spots of Trump’s anger after Joe Biden overtook his significant early lead in the counting of postal ballots.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Sterling told reporters he would “do my best to keep it together,” before detailing the incidents of violence, death threats and harassment for which he blames Trump and other GOP figures.
Sterling said they included Trump’s campaign lawyer Joe DiGenova, who called for former cyber security chief Chris Krebs to be “pulled out and shot at dawn” to deny Trump’s campaign claims.
Sterling also said a Gwinnett County worker received death threats and a “noose saying he should be hanged for treason” after conspiracy theorists released a video of him transferring a batch report from an EMS to a county computer so he could read it, claiming it was evidence of voter fraud.
“It’s all gone too far,” said Georgian election official @GabrielSterling as he responded to threats against election workers.
“Mr. President, you have condemned neither this language nor these actions. Senators, you have condemned neither this language nor these actions.” #gapol pic.twitter.com/AF86Iy1RJT
– GPB News (@gpbnews) December 1, 2020
“Mr. President, you have condemned neither these actions nor this language. Senators, you have condemned neither this language nor these actions. This must stop,” Sterling said.
Sterling added that his boss, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, had his speech posted on the Internet and caravans of people coming to his house. His wife, Trisha, has also had “sexualized threats” sent to her cell phone.
“These are elections. This is the backbone of democracy. And all of you who have not said a damn word are complicit in it,” Sterling said.
“Mr. President, it looks like you probably lost the state of Georgia. We are investigating. There’s always a possibility. I understand. You have the right to go to court.
“Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone will get hurt. Someone will be shot. Someone will be killed.”
The clip of the press conference was originally posted by GPB News and reweeted more than 5,400 times, although it was re-uploaded and widely distributed elsewhere.
Trump responded to Sterling’s press conference, but ignored the calls to condemn the death threats and harassment, and instead tried once again to tarnish the legitimacy of the vote count in Georgia.
“Manipulated election. Show signatures and envelopes. Expose the massive election fraud in Georgia. What are Foreign Minister and @BrianKempGA afraid of. You know what we will find!!!!”, Trumpf tweeted.
The tweet, like dozens of others from Trump since election day, was marked as controversial by Twitter.