Fake GOP Arizona audit confirms the obvious: Biden won

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The end result of the Arizona partisan investigation could disappoint Trump, although local officials said it also contained many flawed conclusions that could achieve his ultimate goal – to sow distrust of the U.S. electoral system and to make the ex-president’s material available for cherry-picking raise new doubts among his followers about the outcome.

The Arizona example has inspired Republicans on a list of other battlefield states to conduct their own bogus “audits” – all aimed at free and fair elections that have not been judged to be fraudulent by the courts. The push into states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which were crucial to Biden’s victory, will not only deepen suspicion among Trump supporters who want to believe his lie that he actually won. It could give further impetus to state revision of electoral laws by the Republicans, suppress the votes of the Democrats and minorities, and make it easier for party officials to interfere in the certification of elections in the future. And it will fuel the false narrative that Trump was wrongly pushed out of the Oval Office, on which he is building a possible 2024 campaign and using it to exercise control of the GOP even when it is not in power.

The former president’s ability to force elements of his Republican Party to reject democratic values ​​had already become apparent.

Hours after Trump published a public letter to Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott calling for an election exam, the Texas Foreign Secretary’s office announced Thursday that the process had begun in the two largest democratic circles and the two largest Republican circles have. Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin. Trump wrote in his letter that “Texans know that electoral fraud has occurred in some of their counties. Let’s get to the bottom of the fraud in the 2020 presidential election!”

The audit is taking place even though there is no evidence that the Lone Star State elections were compromised or that there was significant electoral fraud. And Trump won the state easily. The Texas Grandstand reported in May that a State Department official had previously reported to state lawmakers that the 2020 Texas vote would be “smooth and safe.”

In the case of Texas, the audit appears to be another sign of how Trump can coerce civil servants – especially those like Abbott, who may hope to run future presidential elections and need to stay in good standing with the ex-president. Basis of the president – to implement his undemocratic will. The process will also raise the question of whether a partisan state administration can be trusted to report fairly on how the elections were conducted in democratic circles.

By persuading the Texas authorities to scrutinize the elections, Trump is giving Trump a semblance of authority over his false claims. And it sets another precedent for meddling in vote counting and electoral certification, which was previously seen as sealed off from politicization and threatens to spoil elections in 2022, 2024 and for years to come.

Details of the Arizona partisan report came hours before GOP members of the state Senate were due to present the results of an “exam” conducted by Cyber ​​Ninjas, an electoral company that had no experience with Trump’s orbit and was conducting a bizarre trial which is carried out in secret.

But the chairman of the Maricopa board of directors – who presided over the election and rejected Trump’s claims – said the vote count in the report proved the election results were solid.

“You don’t have to dig deep into the draft Arizona Senate / Cyber ​​Ninja Audit Report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General – – actually won, “said Chairman Jack Sellers, a Republican.

Maricopa County officials confirmed the review established Biden’s victory over Trump, but warned that the draft report “was also riddled with errors and flawed conclusions about how Maricopa County conducted the 2020 general election“. This material is likely to be picked up by die-hard Trumps trying to back up his false claims that he was cheated out of his stay in the White House.

Trump’s multiple threats to democracy

All of these lingering threats to belief in American democracy stem from Trump’s election night assertion: “Frankly, we won this election.” The path the ex-president has taken has resulted in a cascade of consequences that underscore that his threat to American democracy as he left the White House on January 20 is still growing.

For example:

  • New evidence surfaced this week that Trump was devising a step-by-step plan for a coup when Congress confirmed Biden’s Jan 6 election victory, drafted by conservative attorney John Eastman.
  • The House of Representatives special committee investigating the Capitol uprising issued four subpoenas on Thursday, hitting the heart of Trump’s orbit, to find out what was going on around the ex-president on that fateful day. The panel’s first round of letters targeted former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, former adviser Steve Bannon, and Kash Patel, a former chief of staff to then Defense Secretary Christopher Müller.
  • Several Republican states have passed laws aimed at suppressing the votes of Democrats and minorities – all justified by Trump’s false claims of fraud.
  • According to a recent CNN / SSRS poll, about 78% of Republicans believe – after months of Trump’s propaganda – that Biden didn’t win the election.
  • Trump’s lie infects the next US election as he uses his valuable support to get his exposed voter fraud allegations accepted at the price of Republican candidate entry. Many of these advocates appear to be geared towards bringing his allies to power in posts such as the secretary of state and attorney general where they may be able to influence future elections.

Taken together, these steps, plus the Texas and Arizona audits, show an extensive effort by Trump and his followers to cover up the truth about the 2020 election. But they are also intended to provide a justification and power base for a possible new Trump inclination in the White House in 2024 and possibly establish a mechanism for stealing power.

Trump is still railing against Arizona

Arizona is a particularly painful point for the ex-president, who was furious when Fox News, which he considered an extension of his team, phoned the state for Biden on election night, way ahead of other news outlets.

The state was also one of several, including swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, where elected officials from both parties and professional electoral staff stand up to extraordinary pressure from Trump to change the results. The former president quickly turned on a former favorite, Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who was in charge of confirming election results after saying he was sworn to abide by the law.

The ex-president was still furious with Ducey’s role on Thursday, calling him a “lousy governor” and a “true RINO” (just by name) in an interview with John Fredericks on Real America’s Voice, a conservative network. And the ex-president showed that he has high expectations for the sham audit in Arizona. “I think the report is going to be very good. I hope you don’t mitigate it,” Trump said in an interview. He also delusionally claimed that in 2020 he won not only Arizona, but Minnesota as well. where he lost to Biden with 7 points.

Arizona was much closer. Biden won the state and its 11 electoral votes with just over 10,400 votes, after prevailing in Maricopa – the most populous district – after a day-long cliffhanger count with 45,000 votes.

Given that the investigation was not really required, it had long been clear that the process had two objectives. First, to discredit Biden’s victory in the most important county of Maricopa, which helped him become the first Democrat since 1996 to win Grand Canyon State en route to the White House. The second and even more important goal was to appease Trump and appease his key supporters, whose dedication is the driving force within the GOP today.

The very fact that a party whose candidate has lost an election certified as free and fair is conducting a fake test is politically wrong. But the willingness of so many people to buy into a demonstrably false “Big Lie” in order to retain or gain power that arose from the then president’s selfish refusal on election night to admit that he lost to Biden, is extraordinary.

The trial also symbolizes the shameless misinformation and attacks on the truth that are now being committed by large sections of the Republican Party and conspiracy-fueled conservative media. And it’s one of the more extreme expressions of the trust fraud culture at the center of Trumpism.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the Chamber of Congress investigating the January 6th events. A select committee of the House of Representatives determined. The story and headline have also been updated to reflect a draft of the results of an election test mandated by the Arizona Senate Republicans.


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