Donald Trump and 18 of his alleged co-conspirators have now been indicted in Fulton County, Georgia, for trying to steal the 202 election. There’s been a lot written about what makes this latest round of indictments significant, but I was most interested to see that the indictments included the harassment and intimidation of election worker Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a former Fulton County Election Registration Officer.
If you watched the January 6 hearings in Congress, you probably remember Moss and Freeman’s testimony. Both women explained what they had endured from Trump’s cronies and supporters and how it had upended their lives. Ruby Freeman, describing how she’d once worn t-shirts bearing her name and the name of her business, Lady Ruby, almost every day, testified that she no longer felt safe hearing or saying her own name out loud in public.
“I’ve lost my name, and I’ve lost my reputation. I’ve lost my sense of security all because a group of people, starting with number 45 and his ally, Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me and my daughter, Shaye. To push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen.”
The harassment that Freeman and Moss endured wasn’t an isolated incident. Trump and his alleged co-conspirators harassed election workers across the US in their plot to overturn the election. For Trump’s base, the coup never stopped, and targeted harassment of election workers, including threats of violence, is ongoing. Many election officials have cited threats and harassment in their resignations as election workers who have opted not to return to work at the polls. A Justice Department task force formed in 2021 has reviewed more than 2,000 threats made to election workers.
Election officials and workers in Georgia and across the country are pleased about the latest indictments and that the attempts to intimidate Freeman and Moss are included. Because there’s finally some accountability, finally a cost for making these threats and terrorizing people in the first place.
Of course, neither Donald Trump nor his supporters have learned anything from this latest round of charges. Threats and harassment have always been a core tactic of Trump’s politics and will be a tactic of…