– Even my pets received death threats

Emily Murphy claims the White House did not pressure her to postpone the nomination of Joe Biden as the election winner. But she says she has been threatened to do the opposite.

Emily Murphy waited 16 days longer than the leading media to declare Joe Biden the winner. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP / NTB

24. nov. 2020 10:10

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Before the US presidential election, hardly anyone knew who Emily Murphy was. In 2017, Donald appointed her head of the office that manages the state’s building stock and public procurement, the so-called General Services Administration (GSA). An appointment no one noticed.

Her position only became important when the election was over and all American media on November 7 declared that the Democrat Joe Biden (78) had won the election. This is because her office will open up for Biden’s transition team to have access to public resources, offices and the opportunity to collaborate with public employees.

Emily Murphy took the oath as the new head of the GSA on December 5, 2017. Foto: GSA/Reuters/NTB

Held for 16 days

She has been waiting to do so for 16 days, since President Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge the defeat and the Republican Party has supported him. It was not until late Monday that she gave in to ever-increasing pressure and declared that Biden seemed to be the winner of the election.

The Democrats have emphasized that a further delay would pose a security risk to the country. In recent days, several leading Republicans have also argued that the transition to a new government should begin.

Joe Biden has already selected several of the most important people he will have around him in the White House. Former presidential candidate and Secretary of State John Kerry will coordinate the administration’s climate action. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP / NTB

Says she and her loved ones were threatened

In a letter to Biden, who according to The Washington Post is unusually personal, Murphy writes that she has always tried to do the right thing. She says she has not been directly or indirectly pressured by President Trump or anyone else in the White House.

But, writes the 46-year-old, she has received threats online, by phone or by post. post, “which has been aimed at my safety, my family, my employees and even my pets” in an attempt to get her to make a decision ahead of time.

Lawyers Rudi Giuliani and Sidney Powell have claimed that a broad conspiracy deprived Donald Trump of a clear election victory. Powell’s allegations were so strong that the Trump administration on Sunday distanced itself from her. Foto: Jacquelyn Martin/AP/NTB

– Feared getting fired this weekend

Murphy and her staff already sent a letter to the White House on Friday announcing that they would point to Biden as the winner of the election. She and her closest associates steeled themselves in case they were to be informed via Twitter over the weekend that they had been fired, reports The Washington Post.

No resignation came. However, Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday that he recommends that Murphy and her staff do what needs to be done. He writes that he has asked his people to do the same. In the Twitter message, he makes it look as if he is doing this because he does not want to see Murphy and her family and employees exposed to “harassment, threats and harassment”.

The myth of election fraud must be built

Donald Trump has not acknowledged that he has lost the presidential election and continues to promote conspiracy theories that the election has been stolen from him. He announced on Twitter on Monday that he will continue the fight. A large number of lawsuits that have aimed to reverse the election result have been rejected as unfounded by the courts. Local politicians and officials have also so far resisted pressure from Trump.

American media write that Trump is now trying to make as many as possible believe in a myth that Biden won by election fraud.

  • It could be used as a propaganda tool during the very important election in the state of Georgia on January 5, when the last two seats in the Senate will be decided. If the Democrats manage to win both seats, they will gain control of both chambers of Congress.
  • Biden may have weakened authority as president.
  • It will be easier for Trump to keep the grip on the Republican Party. The ultimate goal may be to win back the presidency in four years.

The road to the transfer of power

The 50 states are now in a process where the courts and elected bodies will confirm who has won the election in their state. Until December 1, we will hear almost daily about decisions made in various states.

Normally, this is a formal and undramatic affair, but with repeated allegations of electoral fraud, lawsuits and continued political pressure from Trump, the process has taken on a tinge of uncertainty.

December 8 is the deadline for the governor of each state to confirm the result and send a list of the state’s electors to Congress.

On December 14, the 538 voters will make the formal election of the next president of the United States. All the major American media have declared that Biden won by 306 against 232 voters.

On January 6, Congress will confirm the results of the Electoral College.

On January 20, Joe Biden will take the presidency and become the 46th President of the United States.

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