Sterling’s closing message in his prepared remarks was a return to the importance of the vote. “If you are a Georgia voter and would like your values to be reflected by your elected officials, I urge you and encourage you to vote tomorrow,” he said. “Don’t let anyone discourage you. Don’t suppress your own voice. Do not make this a self-fulfilling prophecy. Don’t let anyone steal your voice this way. And that’s exactly what happens: if you suppress yourself, you are taking your important voice off of that choice. “
There are many conspiracy theories fueled by Team Trump, from ballot papers that have allegedly been scanned multiple times to claims that people who are dead, under the age of 18, or otherwise are not eligible to vote. Sterling exposed them one by one, walking minute by minute through an allegedly incriminating video, citing election data from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania counties using Dominion voting machines, and offering an exact number of people whose investigations found them to be in the categories of Ineligible voters fall, Team Trump has been yelling around. In the cases of 66,000 people who allegedly voted while under 18, “the real number is zero”. Same goes for thousands of people who allegedly voted without registering. And so on.
Sterling’s annoyance was palpable – in a few moments he paused, visibly searching for diplomatic language to express a thought that was salty in his head. In answering reporters’ questions, he repeatedly refused to provide details of threats to the face-to-face vote Tuesday and went out on whether or how Trump’s call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is being investigated.
Fox News gave an early coverage of Sterling’s press conference.
“Nobody changes parts or parts of Dominion voting machines. That’s not – I don’t even know what that means. It’s not a real thing. It doesn’t happen. The president mentioned it on the call” – Gabriel Sterling pic.twitter. com / A2TZCmJVTY
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 4, 2021