President Donald Trump unleashed a new round of invective surrounding the 2020 election on Monday, this time aimed at Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a fellow Republican, over his decision to follow the law and certify the state’s election results.
In the wake of his electoral loss to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump has repeatedly targeted Republican governors and lawmakers who refuse to play to his fantasy that the election was rigged and fraud was rampant.
The Arizona Republic reported Monday that Trump “unleashed a series of blistering posts on Twitter a few hours after Ducey and other state officials signed off on Arizona’s general election results, confirming Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the once reliably red state.”
“Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in office?” Trump asked, including a clip of Ducey discussing getting Senator-elect Mark Kelly sworn in as soon as possible. “Especially when so many horrible things concerning voter fraud are being revealed at the hearing going on right now.”
By “hearing,” Trump meant the public meeting between Trump campaign lawyers and a handful of state lawmakers taking place two miles from the Arizona Capitol. In front of an audience that included at least two Arizona congressmen, the president’s team had made unsubstantiated claims of election fraud and urged the Legislature to throw out the state’s results.
Among Trump’s other tweets and retweets was one asking: “Who needs Democrats when you have Republicans like (Georgia Gov.) Brian Kemp and Doug Ducey?”
Leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Trump made clear during a campaign rally in Arizona that he expected Ducey to deliver the state for him, saying: “I’m going to be so angry, Doug, if we don’t get there.”
In the absence of Ducey and other Republicans’ willingness to violate the law and declare him the winner, Trump wondered why voters should continue supporting GOP candidates, according to the report.
“Watching the Arizona hearings and then watching Gov. Ducey sign those papers,” the president retweeted Monday, “Why bother voting for Republicans if what you get is Ducey and Kemp?”
Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to hold onto the Senate as two runoff elections in Georgia next month will determine which party controls the chamber. If Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) both lose, Democrats will control both the House and Senate, along with the White House.
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