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Georgia Election Workers Targeted by Trump Share Their Story

  • Trump and Giuliani put election workers in danger by spreading false accusations of election fraud. 

  • One election worker received racist death threats and left her job.

  • “I’ve lost my name and I’ve lost my reputation,” said a targeted election worker.

Former President Trump and his top ally, Rudy Giuliani, spread false allegations about election workers counting fake ballots. 

 

Though the allegations have been debunked, election workers continue to face the consequences of having the former president of the United States accuse them of a serious felony.

Ms. Shaye Moss wiping a tear as her mother and other spectators sit in the background

Those election workers, Ms. Shaye Moss and her mother Ms. Ruby Freeman, served their country as election workers in Fulton County Georgia in 2020.

 

Trump’s Allegations Result in Threats and Break-Ins 

After being targeted, Ms. Moss received numerous racist threats on Facebook. She described one “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.”

 

Ms. Moss testified that Trump supporters invaded her grandmother’s house to execute an illegal “citizen’s arrest.”

 

“That woman is my everything,” Ms. Moss said about her grandmother. “I’ve never even heard or seen her cry, ever in my life. And she called me screaming at the top of her lungs” to describe people breaking into her house. 

 

Election Worker Flees Home for Safety

With credible threats mounting, Ms. Freeman left her home for two months to keep herself safe at the direction of the FBI. 

 

 “There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere,” Ms. Freeman said. “Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you?” 

 

Ms. Moss, who no longer works as an election worker, testified about the personal pain being targeted has caused. 

 

“My life was turned upside down,” Ms. Moss said. “I no longer give out my business card. Don’t want anyone knowing my name. Don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the grocery store anymore.”