delivered 1 December 2020
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My name is Gabriel Sterling. I'm the voting system implementation manager for the state of Georgia.
And just to give ya'll a heads up this is going to be sort of a two-part press conference today.
In the beginning of this, I'm going to do my best to keep it together -- because it has all gone too far.
All of it.
Joe diGenova today asked for Chris Krebs, a patriot who ran CISA [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency], to be "shot."
A twenty-something tech in Gwinnett County today has [had] death threats and a noose put out, saying he should be hung for treason because he was transferring a report on batches from an EMS to a county computer so he could read it.
It. Has. To. Stop!
Mr. President: You have not condemned these actions or this language.
Senators: You have not condemned this language or these actions.
This has to stop. We need you to step up, and if you're going to take a position of leadership -- show some!
My boss, Secretary Raffensperger -- his address is out there. They have people doing caravans in front of their house. They've had people come on to their property.
Trisha, his wife of 40 years, is getting sexualized threats through her cell phone.
It. Has. To. Stop!
This is elections. This is the backbone of democracy. And all of you who have not said a damn word are complicit in this. It's too much.
Yes, fight for every legal vote. Go through your due process. We encourage you, use your First Amendment -- that's fine.
Death threats, physical threats, intimidation -- it's too much. It's not right. They have lost the moral high ground to claim that it is. (I don't have all the best words to do 'cause I'm angry.)
And...the...straw that broke the camel's back today is again this twenty-year-old contractor for a voting system company just trying to do his job.
In fact I talked to Dominion today and said he's one of the better ones they got. His family is getting harassed now. There's a noose out there with his name on it. And it's just not right.
I've got police protection outside my house. Fine. You know, I took a higher -- a higher profile job. I get it. Secretary ran for office -- his wife knew that too.
This kid took a job. He just took a job.
And it's just wrong.
I can't begin to explain the level of anger I have right now over this.
And in every American, every Georgian, Republic and Democrat alike, should have that same level of anger.
It looks like you likely lost the state of Georgia. We're investigating. There's always a possibility -- I get it. And you have the rights to go through the courts.
What you don't have the ability to do -- and you need to step up and say this -- is stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.
Someone's going to get hurt.
Someone's going to get shot.
Someone's going to get killed.
And it's not right.
I -- I...It's not right.
And y'all, I don't have anything scripted. This is -- like I said I'm doing my best to keep it together. All this is wrong.
DiGenova, who said for Chris Krebs to get shot, is a former U.S. Attorney. He knows better. The people around the President know better.
As the secretary said yesterday, people aren't giving you the best advice on what's actually going on on the ground. It's time to look forward. If you want to run for reelection in four years, fine. Do it.
But everything we're seeing right now -- there's not a path. Be the bigger man here and stop, step in, tell your supporters, "Don't be violent." "Don't intimidate." "All that's wrong."
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