US President Donald Trump was recorded making a phone call to a politician in Georgia asking for extra votes, so that he can challenge the result of the election. Trump lost last year’s elections and is due to leave office this month. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.
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0:00 – Introduction
0:32 – Story
1:54 – Headline 1: ‘I just want 11,780 votes’: Trump pressed Georgia to overturn Biden victory
4:42 – Headline 2: Trump urges Georgia election official to overturn Biden’s win in the State.
6:44- Headline 3: In call, Trump demands Georgia officials ‘find’ votes to tilt election
9:19 – Language summary
The US vice-president-elect Kamala Harris has accused Donald Trump of a bald-faced abuse of power after he was recorded trying to persuade Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn his electoral loss there. The Washington Post released extracts of an hour-long conversation in which Mr Trump called on the Republican Brad Raffensperger to recalculate the results.
Key words and phrases:
tried to persuade someone to do something
*Journalists pressed the politician for more information on the topic.
*When pressed, the accused man was unable to explain his actions.
change or reverse a decision or ruling
*The decision to expel the student was overturned.
*The judge overturned the existing ruling after the court appeal.
unbalance or change in favour of someone or something
*The accused was concerned that the evidence was tilted against him.
*The ship tilted wildly in the storm.
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