ATLANTA — Gabriel Sterling, voting implementation manager for the Georgia Secretary of State's office, was visibly angry during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
"It's. All. Gone. Too. Far," Sterling said at the start of the news conference, punctuating each word.
He was referring to threats of violence against election workers and elected officials from across the nation.
Former US Attorney Joseph diGenova called for violence against Chris Krebs, the now-former White House cybersecurity official. Krebs had called the Nov. 3 election the most secure election in American history before being fired by President Donald Trump. On a talk show Monday, diGenova said that Krebs should be shot.
Sterling mentioned a 20-year-old contractor for Dominion who had received death threats. He said the threats included a noose, saying the worker should be hanged for treason. He said the worker was transporting a report for batches in Gwinnett County.
"Mister President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators (Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue), you've not condemned this language or these actions," Sterling said. "This has to stop. We need you to step up."
Later in the day, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams denounced the violent threats, calling on both senators to join her in condemning the violent threats.
The Georgia NAACP on Wednesday morning also condemned the threats of violence against election workers.
“These kinds of acts of violence and terror have gone unchecked and tolerated for years while Black and Brown communities screamed for help from state and national officials in Georgia. All [they] did was turn a blind eye because of their allegiance to the Republican Party and not to the people,” said Rev. James Woodall, Georgia NAACP president.
On Tuesday, 11Alive reached out to Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for comment on Sterling's statements.
We received a statement from each campaign that read:
"Senator Perdue condemns violence of any kind, against anybody. Period. We won’t apologize for addressing the obvious issues with the way our state conducts its elections. Georgians deserve accountability and improvements to that process — and we’re fighting to make sure the January 5th election is safe, secure, transparent, and accurate." - John Burke, Communications Director, Sen. David Perdue
“Like many officials, as someone who has been the subject of threats, of course Senator Loeffler condemns violence of any kind. How ridiculous to even suggest otherwise. We also condemn inaction and lack of accountability in our election system process—and won’t apologize for calling it out. Senator Loeffler will continue fighting to ensure we have a fair, trusted, and accurate election because the future of our country is at stake.” - Stephen Lawson, Campaign Spokesperson, Sen. Kelly Loeffler
The president retweeted a video from 11Alive's Chief Investigator Brendan Keefe that shows a clip of Sterling from the news conference.
He claimed this was a "rigged election" and that there was "massive voter fraud" in Georgia. Election officials, however, have said repeatedly there has been no evidence of widespread fraud. Additionally, Twitter tagged the president's tweet with a note, saying, "This claim about election fraud is disputed."
On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election.
Twitter also put a disclaimer on the president's tweet, saying "this claim about election fraud is disputed."