Analysis: How one Trump-loving governor completely shut down the President’s voter fraud claims

Analysis: How one Trump-loving governor totally shut down the President's voter fraud claims



Ducey determined to struggle again. And he used Trump’s favourite medium to do it.

In a nine-tweet thread on Twitter, the Arizona governor laid out — in clear phrases — Arizona’s election legal guidelines, asserted that these guidelines had been adopted and affirmed his religion within the consequence. (Biden won the state by greater than 10,000 votes.)

“In Arizona, we have some of the strongest election laws in the country, laws that prioritize accountability and clearly lay out procedures for conducting, canvassing, and even contesting the results of an election. We’ve got ID at the polls. We review EVERY signature (every single one) on early ballots — by hand — unlike other states that use computers. Prohibitions on ballot harvesting. Bipartisan poll observers. Clear deadlines, including no ballots allowed after Election Day.”

Ducey additionally famous that with the intention to delay the certification — as Trump insisted he ought to — particular counties within the state must decline to certify their outcomes. “ALL 15 counties in Arizona — counties run by both parties — certified their results,” tweeted Ducey.

While it’s troublesome to answer Trump’s allegations — as a result of they’re so extremely imprecise by their very nature (We had been cheated! Fraud!) — Ducey does a wonderful job of it right here. His level is straightforward: Arizona is not new to early voting. Its has voter ID, which signifies that you can not forged a vote except you additionally show a type of identification. There was no proof of fraud. Therefore, Ducey is just doing the job the state’s Constitution lays out for him.

It’s a easy — but complete — rebuke. And it is all of the more practical as a result of it’s coming from a governor who lengthy touted his shut relationship with Trump.

“When there’s a need in Arizona I talk to him (Trump) directly. My senior staff knows this. We’ve had so much outreach, personally, from both the president and the vice president that I had to change the ringtone on my phone. And it rings ‘Hail to the Chief’ because I didn’t want to miss another phone call from the White House to help the state of Arizona.”

Local 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik caught what seemed to be an incoming name with the “Hail to the Chief” ringtone whereas Ducey was certifying Arizona’s outcomes — which Ducey declined.

And as a result of there’s a tweet for every part, right here is Trump endorsing Ducey for reelection in 2018:

“Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona is doing a great job. It would be really nice to show your support tomorrow by voting for him in Tuesdays Primary. Doug is strong on Crime, the Border, and our Second Amendment. Loves our Military & our Vets. He has my full and complete Endorsement.”

Trump’s resolution to activate Ducey is, after all, not shocking. Trump’s allies solely stay as such if they’re keen to say and do every part he asks. The second they step out of line, he hammers them. (Witness Trump’s ongoing savaging of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who paid extra homage to this President than virtually some other governor within the nation.)

What’s extra shocking and, candidly, refreshing is Ducey’s willingness to face as much as Trump’s barbs. There has been little or no political braveness on show amongst Republicans amid Trump’s ongoing makes an attempt to make use of false claims and conspiracy theories to lift doubts concerning the election ends in the minds of Americans. Ducey, no less than, is keen to go public with the truth that Arizona’s election was honest — even when it did not produce the consequence he needed.

This is what management appears to be like like. More Republicans, particularly in Congress, ought to observe Ducey’s lead in the event that they wish to protect the GOP past the Trump years.



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