Politics Arizona GOP Lawmaker Booed Off Stage at Trump 'Protect Our Elections' Rally
Arizona election auditors seek more records, voter canvass
PHOENIX (AP) — Contractors hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election said Thursday that they don’t have enough information to complete their report, and urged legislators to subpoena more records and survey voters at home. Leaders of the GOP audit described a wide variety of reasons their review is taking months longer than the 60 days initially planned, including confusion about damaged ballots and a lack of access to certain data. They described the delays during a meeting livestreamed at the Capitol Thursday and watched by thousands.
Arizona State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita was booed off stage at a rally featuring former President.
Ugenti-Rita, a Republican, was immediately met with a chorus of loud boos after taking the stage at a "Protect Our Elections" rally hosted by Turning Point Action in Phoenix on Saturday.
"Why don't you listen to what I have to say?" Ugenti-Rita, who is running for Arizona secretary of state, asked the crowd after several failed attempts to get her speech going.
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An Associated Press investigation found 182 cases where problems were clear enough that officials referred them to investigators for further review. So far, only four cases have led to charges, including those identified in a separate state investigation. No one has been convicted. No person’s vote was counted twice. While it’s possible more cases could emerge, the numbers illustrate the implausibility of Trump’s claims that fraud and irregularities in Arizona cost him the state’s electoral votes. In final, certified and audited results, Biden won 10,400 more votes than Trump out of 3.4 million cast.
"Listen. Fine, OK... I am running to be your next Secretary of State. I'm going to win the primary. Thank you very much," she said, before walking off after around 90 seconds on stage.
Whoaa. GOP Secretary of State candidate @MichelleUgenti is booed off stage at TPUSA rally for Trump. She opposed GOP lawmaker’s wish list for election changes. #AZSOS pic.twitter.com/qlOQkXB5ap— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) July 24, 2021
Brahm Resnik, a reporter for KPNX, tweeted that the hostile reception Ugenti-Rita received may have been because she "opposed GOP lawmaker's wish list for election changes."
Resnik added: "FYI Trump base crowd was primed to boo @MichelleUgenti. Wasn't anything she said. Boos rained all over room from start till she bailed out."
Arizona secretary of state tells Trump to 'accept' his election loss and 'move on' ahead of Phoenix rally
"The bottom line is that Arizonians are tired of being led by conspiracy theorists," Hobbs, the state's top election official, told CNN."Well, it is dangerous," said Hobbs, a Democrat, when asked by CNN's Jim Acosta about Trump's upcoming visit. "I'm glad you pointed that out. But the bottom line is it doesn't matter what he says or does, nothing is going to change the outcome of the 2020 election. But it also doesn't change how dangerous this is.
Ugenti-Rita, who chairs the ArizonaGovernment Committee, took to late Saturday to explain why she killed the recent election bill.
"I'll put my record of fighting for election integrity up against anyone," she tweeted. "What I won't do is vote for 'show' legislation that does nothing to strengthen election integrity and introduced for self serving reasons. There's too much at stake."
There’s too much at stake. Our election system is under constant assault by the left, and I won’t support bills that fail to strengthen our election system.
The same holds true for the audit. I supported the audit, but I do not support the Trump audit any longer. (3of5)— Michelle Ugenti-RITA (@MichelleUgenti) July 25, 2021
She also explained why she no longer supports a months-long audit of the 2020 election in Arizona's Maricopa County.
"I won't support bills that fail to strengthen our election system. The same holds true for the audit. I supported the audit, but I do not support the Trump audit any longer," she added.
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Ex-President Donald Trump's big lie came full circle on Saturday as he traveled to Arizona to dangerously seize on the false fruits of a sham election "audit" precipitated by his own discredited claims the 2020 election was stolen. © Ross D. Franklin/AP Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D.
"I wanted to review our election processes and see what, if anything, could be improved. Sadly, it's now become clear that the audit has been botched."
Ugenti-Rita's campaign has been contacted for comment.
Trump appeared on stage later in the evening, where he repeated baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and prompted boos for his former vice president,, after
Trump also praised the Arizona audit and called on other states to embark on similar efforts.
The former president's appearance came after, who is among state calling for the audit to end.
Trump released a statement on Thursday, describing Boyer as a "RINO"—a Republican In Name Only—and accusing him of "doing everything in his power to hold up the damning Forensic Audit of Maricopa County."
Boyer responded on Twitter, which banned Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
"Had Trump built the wall like he promised, perhaps he could've prevented the 40k #BambooBallots from being imported into Arizona," Boyer wrote. "And if he hadn't started an insurrection in D.C. and gotten kicked off here, I could've responded directly to him. So there's that."
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GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss. Make America Great Again, a super PAC chaired by Trump's former campaign manager, quietly purchased $300,000 in Ohio television advertising. The buy was intended to provide a late-stage boost to another Trump-backed candidate facing a crowded field of Republicans in a special election on Tuesday.