They were just election workers doing their job. Doing it the same way for years and years.
That’s all Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, did that day.
But in an effort to try to find some conspiracy, some secret sinister sliminess to secure a spurious suggestion that the voting results in Fulton County, Georgia were tampered with or altered illegally …
Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss were targeted by Republican operatives.
One of those operatives was Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who claimed that Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss were part of a conspiracy to manipulate the vote count in Georgia. And Trump amplified those false claims in that now-infamous “I just want to find 11,780 votes” phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State, where he defamed and slurred Ruby Freeman’s name 18 times in that 60+ minute phone call.
I even blogged about the “Trump Tape” last year. Here’s the link.
Suffice it to say, Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman both had their lives turned upside down. Trump and Giuliani, with their voices amplified by the three-headed foghorns of Fox News, Newsmax and OAN, continued to smear and defame these women.
And it got worse. Both women received threats. Ruby Freeman’s own 70+ year old mother was also verbally attacked with racial threats.
Rudy Giuliani even claimed he had proof that Freeman and Moss passed around USB memory sticks full of some nefarious data. Moss explained that the “memory sticks” were nothing more than a canister of ginger mints. But why bother with the truth when Giuliani can smear someone for his own personal goals?
Anyway, I urge you to watch Ms. Moss’ testimony from yesterday’s January 6th Commission hearing. It’s below. And understand … these women enjoyed serving their country. They enjoyed their part in the preservation of democracy. But for someone to take what they did, twist it around until it’s completely unrecognizable, and destroy their lives …
What Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani did was completely shameful and reprehensible.
Then again, I would expect nothing less from Donald Trump. This is the same clown who took out a full-page ad in the New York newspapers demanding that the Central Park (Exonerated) 5 should all face the death penalty. This is the same jackass who, during his time as President, treated women of color with disrespect and contempt at press conferences and social functions.
And Rudy? I don’t even want to know how many bottles of muscatel he went through before he made his asinine comments about voter fraud in Georgia. I’m thinking he went through at least three bottles of Old Grand-Dad with a Mad Dog 20-20 chaser. Trust me. The last time Rudy was on camera doing something completely true to Rudy, he was the star of Borat 2.
And let’s not forget what Trump’s buddy Kanye West did … sending one of his associates to Ruby Freeman’s home and threatening her to confess to election fraud. Link is here.
What I’m trying to say is … Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman deserve their lives back. They deserve their dignity. They did nothing wrong. They deserve better than this.
And it’s not just Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss. It’s every pollworker and election worker, all of those who handle elections up and down the ballot. They don’t need the threat of intimidation and fear from people who don’t like how an election turns out.
Their lives will never be normal.
And clowns like Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani should be ashamed of what they did.
That’s assuming, of course, that they understand the concept of shame.