So instead of accepting the election results, accepting the findings from the Maricopa County sample ballot recount, or accepting findings of two firms accredited by the federal U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the Republican-controlled state senate went all in on the big lie. Adding to the insanity, Cyber Ninjas, the company they hired to conduct their audit, had no experience auditing election results before and is led by a Trump supporter who has repeated wild conspiracy theories about election fraud.
The combination of toxic partisanship and misinformation is being used as a fundraiser for Trump supporters seeking office, like state Rep. Mark Finchem, who earlier this month announced he is running for Arizona secretary of state.
“We’ve already shown evidence of fraud — now it’s time for them to prove it wasn’t,” he tweeted, with a picture of a MAGA red T-shirt that read #ProveIt.
One Scottsdale resident told the Wall Street Journal that she believes the Cyber Ninja audit will prove Trump won Arizona and that “there will be a soft coup and we will have President Trump reinstalled.”
I would hate to see her sitting a couple of bar stools down from me.
The results of this problematic audit? Delayed because three members of the five-person audit team tested positive for COVID-19. That’s on brand for a state party that censured the governor for enacting emergency orders to stop the spread of the virus.
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