Election workers detail how Trump’s lies upended their lives

Before President Trump wrongly accused When she was rigging the 2020 election, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss had loved her job at the Fulton County, Georgia polling station. Moss found joy in helping older voters answer questions about absentee ballots and participate in a process once opposed to their black ancestors. She appreciated working with her mother, Ruby Freeman, who was temporarily helping out in the office during the 2020 election season. “My grandmother always told me how important it is to vote,” Moss told the January 6 Committee on Tuesday.

But Moss and Freeman’s lives changed when Trump and his legal adviser Rudolph W. Giuliani groundless claimed the two women were part of a conspiracy to steal the election. Strangers harassed them by phone, text and email, some using racial slurs. Moss gained weight, rarely left home, and quit her job at the Fulton County Elections Office, she told the committee.

“It turned my life upside down,” Moss said. “I won’t even introduce myself by my name anymore. I get nervous when I meet someone in the supermarket who says my name. I worry about who’s listening.”

Even Moss’ grandmother received threatening calls and texts, Moss said. Unsolicited pizza orders were delivered to her grandmother’s home in the middle of the night. Late one night, Moss said, her grandmother called her and said a group of people had barged into her home, claiming they were there to have Moss and Freeman arrested by a citizen.

“It’s had a huge impact on my life,” Moss said. “All because of lies; for me to do my work.”

Giuliani, who had called for Moss and Freeman’s homes to be searched and likened them to drug dealers, also claimed video showed Moss and Freeman passing around USBs with fraudulent votes. In reality, Freeman presented Moss with a ginger mint candy, Moss told the committee.

Freeman was told by the FBI that she had to leave her home for her own protection until after the inauguration, she told the committee in a videotaped statement.

“I don’t feel safe anywhere,” Freeman said. “You know how it feels when the President of the United States takes aim at you? The President of the United States is meant to represent every American, not target one. But he’s after me, Lady Ruby. A small business owner, a mom, a proud American citizen who stepped up in the middle of the pandemic to help Fulton County run an election.”

Following testimonies from both women, members of the House Select Committee surrounded an emotional Moss, shook her hands and thanked her for her words. She smiled softly as she exited the hearing room.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-21/la-na-pol-moss-freeman-jan-6-hearing Election workers detail how Trump’s lies upended their lives

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