Former President Donald Trump lost the presidential election over five months ago; however, he still refuses to accept that loss. President Joe Biden soundly defeated Trump in both the electoral and popular vote. Still, Trump and his sycophantic allies have claimed, without evidence, there was fraud in Maricopa county, Arizona, and yet, the county has already conducted two separate audits of the 2020 election and found no irregularities. This time, the audit is supported by far-right-wing attorney Lin Wood and observers from the propagandist network One America News Network.
In statements released, Trump lashed out at Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for not supporting the former guy’s attempt to overturn the election.
“Why are the Democrats so desperate to stop this Election Fraud from being revealed?” Trump said in a statement Friday, according to The Hill. “That answer is obvious! The Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has been shockingly of zero help to the State Senate. He wants to ‘pretend’ the election was free and fair. What are he and the Maricopa County Commissioners trying to hide?”
This is what crazy looks like:
— Kambree (@KamVTV) April 23, 2021
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Then, Trump doubled down on attacking the Republican Governor and went as far as to demand the National Guard be sent out “immediately.”
“The Republican Party is demanding that Governor Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election,” the former president said. “Governor Ducey will be held fully responsible for the safety of those involved. State police or National Guard must be immediately sent out for protection. The Democrats do not want to have this information revealed, and they will do anything to stop it. Governor Ducey must finally act!”
State legislators have hired Cyber Ninjas, a cybersecurity firm with no election experience that a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist runs. According to the Mirror, the company is owned by Doug Logan, an active promoter of baseless conspiracy theories alleging widespread election fraud last year, including in Arizona. Logan has apparently deleted his Twitter account. I’m starting to see a pattern here.
At any rate, the former guy is a private citizen now and does not have the authority to demand that the National Guard be sent out for “protection” during the third audit. Trump is just trying to fan the flames just as he did before the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.