Jan. 6 Hearing: Black Poll Workers Say Trump's "Lies" Led To Death Threats


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The "lies" former President Donald Trump spread that Georgia election workers conspired in a voter fraud scheme during the 2020 vote led to death threats and harassment for two Black women, according to testimony from Tuesday's (June 22) January 6 Committee hearing.

In the fourth round of public hearings, former Fulton County election worker Wandrea "Shaye" Moss testified to the House committee investigating the events leading up to the Capitol riots. Moss said the "lies" spewed about her and her mother by the then-president, Rudy Giuliani, and other allies "turned my [her] world upside down.”

“I don’t want anyone knowing my name,” Moss told the January 6 Committee. “I don’t wanna go anywhere with my mom ’cause she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the grocery store at all. I haven’t been anywhere."

“I second-guess everything that I do,” the former Georgia election worker added. “It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way, all because of lies for me doing my job, same thing I’ve been doing forever.”

Trump and Giuliani made numerous false claims that Moss and her mother “Lady” Ruby Freeman snuck ballots into an Atlanta polling center on the night of the 2020 presidential election. The pair also falsely alleged that Freeman gave Moss a flash drive while the votes were being counted.

The alleged flash drive was actually a ginger mint, Moss noted in her testimony.

Moss added that her family faced repeated harassment from Trump supporters who believed his "lies." Her Facebook messages were filled with "horrible things" and included “a lot of threats, wishing death upon me, telling me that I’ll be in jail with my mother and saying things like, ‘Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920,” Moss continued.

“A lot of them were racist, a lot of them were just hateful,” Moss said.

During her testimony, Moss revealed that her son also received threats, and Trump supporters even attempted to make a "citizen's arrest" at her grandmother's house.

Tuesday’s public hearing aimed to highlight how Trump pressured Arizona and Georgia officials to deny that he lost the 2020 presidential bid. Other testimonies were heard from Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling, and Freeman who said she was forced to go into hiding after Trump “decided to scapegoat me and my daughter to push their own lies about the election being stolen.”

In a written testimony, Moss said it didn't matter to her who won the election because she's “not a political person.”

“This job was never about politics for me,” Moss said. “It was about counting every vote.”

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