Former election worker Shaye Moss’ Jan. 6 testimony reveals terrifying consequences of Big Lie

Former election worker Shaye Moss’ Jan. 6 testimony reveals terrifying consequences of Big Lie

June 21, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, testifies as her mother Ruby Freeman listens at right, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Wandrea “Shaye” Moss worked as a Georgia election worker for a decade before leaving her position after far-right voters rallied around Trump’s voter fraud claims and went after her and her family.

Wandrea “Shaye” Moss was the last witness to testify before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, detailing the terrifying smear campaign against her led by former President Donald Trump in the wake of the 2020 election. Trump mentioned Moss’ mother’s name, Ruby Freeman, 18 times in a phone call, making incendiary and baseless allegations against the family in his quest to get the election overturned. It wasn’t just Trump who was willing to attack Moss and her family: Rudy Giuliani made the racist—and once again untrue—allegation that she and her mother were using USB sticks to deliver fake votes “as if they were heroin or cocaine.”

Moss spoke repeatedly about how much she regretted that her position may have put her family in danger, but it’s not Moss’ fault a lynch mob went after her for simply doing her job, nor is it her fault that those very same voters and Trump-aligned figures set sights on Freeman, and even on Moss’ grandmother. A group of voters went to Moss’ grandmother’s home to try to do some type of citizen’s arrest—which is simply not legal but absolutely menacing all the same. “This woman is my everything. I’ve never heard or seen her cry. She called me screaming at the top of her lungs,” Moss said, recalling when a mob of voters went to her grandmother’s house.