Ducey determined to battle again. And he used Trump’s favourite medium to do it.
“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 in an effort 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 reply to Trump’s allegations — as a result of they’re so extremely imprecise by their very nature (We had been cheated! Fraud!) — Ducey does a superb 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’t solid a vote until you additionally show a type of identification. There was no proof of fraud. Therefore, Ducey is solely doing the job the state’s Constitution lays out for him.
It’s a easy — but whole — rebuke. And it is all of the simpler 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.”
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.”
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, at the least, is keen to go public with the truth that Arizona’s election was truthful — even when it did not produce the consequence he needed.
This is what management seems to be 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.