The election is over.Trump campaign continues in Arizona


Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thumbs up at Town Hall in Sundown, New Hampshire on Thursday, October 6, 2016 (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Arizona is still rooting for Trump. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

I would like to share with you a brief conversation about politics that I didn’t want. But the man sitting down a few stools from me at a bar in Arizona was persistent and I reluctantly engaged.

He first raised President Biden’s treatment of Afghanistan, especially the “idiot” (his word, not my word) of making a deal with the Taliban first. When he pointed out that it was the former president who negotiated the deal, not the current president, the man pivoted to Hillary Clinton’s email until he pulled out a video of Donald Trump boasting the deal. .. Fox News buzzwords just kept coming. It was like having a drinking game at Tucker Carlson’s house.

The best part was when he said that California and New York had to protect the electoral college so that it would “not ruin our democracy.” We asked how the system would save democracy when allowing low-vote candidates to claim victory.

He stopped for a moment. Then I returned to Clinton’s email.

But hey, at least he paused.

That’s more than can be said about Republicans in the Arizona Senate. They are rushing to turn democracy into roadkill to show their timeless loyalty to trumpism. More than nine months after the 2020 general election, some of these bullish elected civil servants believe that a president who hasn’t even received a 50% approval rating could lose his re-election bid. I’m still struggling.

Therefore, instead of accepting election results, accepting findings from a recount of Marikopa County sample ballots, or accepting findings from two companies certified by the Federal U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Republican-controlled states. The Senator lied a big lie. In addition to madness, Cyber ​​Ninja, the company they hired to conduct audits, was led by Trump supporters who had never previously audited election results and repeated barbaric conspiracy theories about election fraud. I am.

The combination of toxic partisanship and misinformation has been used as a fundraiser for Trump supporters seeking inauguration, such as Mark Finchem, who announced that he would run for Arizona Secretary earlier this month. I am.

“We have already shown evidence of fraud-now it’s time for them to prove that it wasn’t,” he said. Tweet, #ProveIt with a photo of MAGA’s red T-shirt.

One person living in Scottsdale Told the Wall Street Journal She proves that Trump has won in Arizona through a cyber ninja audit and believes that “a soft coup will occur and President Trump will be reinstalled.”

Soft coup.

I don’t want to see her sitting a few bar stools from me.

What are the results of this problematic audit? It was delayed because three members of the five audit team tested positive for COVID-19.It’s a brand Parties accusing the governor of enacting an emergency order to stop the spread of the virus..

When state Republican chairman Kelli Ward told The Associated Press “always put America first,” she wondered if she understood what that meant. So far, she seems to put trumpism first, because it causes democracy to suffer.

Without democracy, there would be no America. At least, it’s not the version used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to end Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. In Pakistan. A 20-year war led by the premise that we were promoting democracy.

At some point, Republicans will think they’ll see damage to the country they say they love. Instead, neighboring Utah, Midwest, and Tennessee lawmakers visited Arizona to see if a similar audit could be conducted at home.

Democracy is poisoned by those who only care about victory. And now, Scottsdale retirees are casually talking to the media about participating in a “soft coup.” Her party made her believe that it was a way to handle the election results you dislike. Perhaps it’s better than the “intense coup” attempted at the US Capitol on January 6.

Even if a single court or state official does not find evidence of widespread fraudulent voting, it undermines so much confidence in our electoral system.

That fact is not important.

If so, Arizona Republicans would never have gone this route in the first place. And democracy doesn’t have to look over its shoulders.


This story was originally Los Angeles Times..