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Election officials describe death threats & mob violence fueled by Trump's lies

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Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, is comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in on June 21, 2022.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the fourth day of the January 6 hearings, which focused on state election officials and the death threats and mob violence they endured as a result of Donald Trump's lies.

We heard powerful testimony from Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss who still live in fear after being the targets of a racist smear campaign by Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

Reuters has documented more than 850 threats and harassing messages to election administrators, including about 100 that legal experts say could be prosecuted under federal law. Almost no one has been held accountable. Nearly one in three local election officials know at least one election worker who has left the job, partly due to safety concerns, increased threats, or intimidation, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Guests:

Jonah Minkoff-Zern, co-director of the democracy campaign at Public Citizen

Daniel Weiner, director of the elections and government program at the Brennan Center for Justice

Web Resources:

Associated Press: ‘Nowhere I feel safe’: Election officials recount threats

Vox: “Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you?”

Reuters: Exclusive-Two election workers break silence after enduring Trump backers' threats

Vice: ‘I Will Not Break My Oath’: How an Arizona GOP Leader Helped Block Trump’s Coup

Axios: Meadows wanted to send gifts to Georgia election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio. Follow @bee_soll for Bay Area news!