Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Thursday repeated allegations of election fraud at a virtual House hearing in Georgia, where he laid out the same conspiracies he floated last week about a rigged election orchestrated by the media and Big Tech.
Giuliani claimed last week in a Senate hearing that a clip of the hourslong video taken on election night in Fulton County was the “smoking gun” that proved election fraud.
He argued that election observers and workers were told to leave for the night and that when they did, nefarious agents working to throw the election in favor of Joe Biden stepped in and counted suitcases stuffed with ballots hidden under a black cloth-covered table.
State leaders and election officials have pushed back on the theory, but it didn’t stop New York’s former mayor on Thursday from doubling down on the claim.
“Look at that woman, look at her taking those ballots out, look at them scurrying around with the ballots. Nobody in the room, hiding around, they look like they’re passing out dope, not just ballots. It’s quite clear they’re stealing votes.”
He took it a step further when he described election workers “passing around USB ports as if they’re vials of heroin or cocaine.”
Giuliani, who tested positive for COVID-19 and was released from the hospital on Wednesday, also suggested that the way the election played out in Georgia, with Biden flipping the red state blue, was the work of “Big Tech, Big Media, [and] crooked Democrats.”
He implored Republicans to muster the “courage” to speak out against alleged fraud and bat down the reality that Biden had won the election.
What Giuliani left out was that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, and Gabriel Sterling, the state’s election manager, have gone on record and rejected his claims of election rigging.
“Former Mayor Giuliani played the repeatedly and repeatedly debunked Start Farm video in the House committee hearing,” Sterling said during an afternoon press conference. “Giving oxygen to this continued disinformation is leading to a continuing erosion of people’s belief in our elections and our processes. We have rules. We have laws.”