Gov. Phil Murphy said he was taken aback at news of a call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during which President Donald Trump urged him to find a way to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
“I listened to enough of it that I was appalled, literally appalled,” Murphy said. “It just takes your breath away.”
Trump called Raffensperger on Saturday to urge him to overturn the state’s election results, reairing many of the false election fraud claims he’s made since losing the election in November, including baseless and debunked claims that hundreds of thousands of ballots “were dropped mysteriously into the rolls.”
Raffensperger, a Republican, recorded and released the roughly hourlong call.
Murphy’s stance on Trump attempting to spike the election is something of a departure from his handling of the president over the past year.
Unlike some other Democrats, other governors included, Murphy sought a softer relationship with Trump amid a pandemic that eviscerated the state’s finances and has now left More than 19,000 dead, including probable deaths.
Murphy made no such attempts at placation Monday.
“Now we know why the president left Florida and went to the White House on New Year’s Day,” the governor said.