Amid Fresh New Trump Attacks, Biden Will Honor Georgia Election Workers

Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss will receive Presidential Citizens Medals for resisting pressure to overturn the election.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

President Joe Biden on Friday, the two-year anniversary of the January 6th attack on the US Capitol, will award Presidential Citizens Medals to twelve individuals, including law enforcement officials who suffered injuries from the violence and election officials who faced pressure to overturn the election.

Among the recipients will also be Fulton County, Georgia election workers, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman. The two women, both of whom are Black, were targeted by a hateful harassment campaign that included death threats after Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani promoted a misleading video that falsely claimed the two women were carrying “suitcases” of fake ballots. In June, Moss testified before the January 6 committee to detail the trauma she has endured since:

“It’s turned my life upside down. I no longer give out my business card. I don’t transfer calls. I don’t want anyone knowing my name…I don’t go to the grocery store at all. I haven’t been anywhere at all. I’ve gained about 60 pounds…I second-guess everything that I do. It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way. All because of lies, for me doing my job, the same thing I’ve been doing forever.”

But two years after the attack, the vicious conspiracy theories haven’t stopped.  Just this week, Trump used his dwindling social media platform, TruthSocial, to spread more baseless conspiracy theories about Freeman. He wrote in one post: “Wow! Has anyone seen the Ruby Freeman ‘contradictions’ of her sworn testimony? Now this is ‘BIG STUFF.’ Look what was captured by Cobb County police body cameras on January 4, 2021. … Now it gets really bad.”

It’s not exactly clear what the former president is referring to. But many have pointed to the potential legal jeopardy Trump could find himself in with the renewed attacks against Freeman. 

MOTHER JONES NEEDS YOUR HELP

We have about a $170,000 funding gap and less than a week to go in our hugely important First $500,000 fundraising campaign that ends Saturday. We urgently need your help, and a lot of help, so we can pay for the one-of-a-kind journalism you get from us.

Learn more in “Less Dreading, More Doing,” where we lay out this wild moment and how we can keep charging hard for you. And please help if you can: $5, $50, or $500—every gift from every person truly matters right now.

payment methods

MOTHER JONES NEEDS YOUR HELP

We have about a $170,000 funding gap and less than a week to go in our hugely important First $500,000 fundraising campaign that ends Saturday. We urgently need your help, and a lot of help, so we can pay for the one-of-a-kind journalism you get from us.

Learn more in “Less Dreading, More Doing,” where we lay out this wild moment and how we can keep charging hard for you. And please help if you can: $5, $50, or $500—every gift from every person truly matters right now.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate