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Politics Fox News Host Confronts GOP Gov. Greg Abbott Over Texas Election Audit Cheered On by Trump

23:15  26 september  2021
23:15  26 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Arizona’s Audit Continues to Be a Chaotic Mess

  Arizona’s Audit Continues to Be a Chaotic Mess If you accept the ridiculous premise that the election needed to rechecked, why do such a bad job of it?Arizona state-Senate Republicans launched the process this spring as a response to false claims of election fraud spread by several of themselves, as well as former President Donald Trump. The Senate hired Cyber Ninjas, a firm run by a “Stop the Steal” backer that has repeatedly declined to offer any evidence it is qualified for the job. The process was originally expected to conclude by May 14. This was a hard deadline, because the coliseum rented for the count was due to hold another event. But the count missed that deadline, and the process resumed later in May.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday defended his state's decision to audit the 2020 election results in certain counties, a move encouraged—some would argue demanded—by former President Donald Trump.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has defended the state's election audit. In this photo, Abbott (center) holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting at the state capital on May 24, 2018, in Austin, Texas. © Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has defended the state's election audit. In this photo, Abbott (center) holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting at the state capital on May 24, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

Pressed by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who asked if the audit was "a terrible waste of taxpayer money," the Republican governor and Trump ally said the initiative was a worthwhile pursuit.

Trump demands Texas Gov. Greg Abbott push for election audits, despite winning the state in 2020

  Trump demands Texas Gov. Greg Abbott push for election audits, despite winning the state in 2020 In the state of Texas in 2020, Trump defeated Biden by more than 5 percentage points but still wants the vote count "audited" like in Arizona."Despite my big win in Texas, I hear Texans want an election audit," the former president said in a statement. "You know your fellow Texans have big questions about the November 2020 Election.

"There are audits of every aspect of government," Abbott said. "We have a state auditor, there's a federal auditor for the way the government operations work. Businesses that are public companies are subject to an annual audit. Why do we audit everything in this world, but people raise their hands in concern when we audit elections, which is fundamental to our democracy?"

Abbott denied allegations that pressure from Trump led to the decision to perform the audit. The former president sent a letter to Abbott hours before the audit was announced on Thursday that read, "Let's get to the bottom of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!"

Abbott claimed Sunday the audit "actually began months ago because the secretary of state of Texas has an obligation to make sure that we do conduct audits in the state of Texas."

Texas launches 2020 election “audit” demanded by Trump — as Arizona probe gives Biden a bigger win

  Texas launches 2020 election “audit” demanded by Trump — as Arizona probe gives Biden a bigger win Texas officials instantly capitulate to Trump's demand despite admitting election was "smooth and secure" Texas Governor Greg Abbott Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Texas' audit specifically targets Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, and Harris counties. Only two of them, Dallas and Harris, went for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Trump won Texas by over 600,000 votes.

This week in Texas various judges, including a Republican, criticized the audit, with some describing it as a ploy to maintain favor with Trump.

"This is a weak Governor openly and shamelessly taking his orders from a disgraced former President," said Judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat from Dallas County. "Governor Abbott is wasting taxpayer funds to trample on Texans' freedom to vote, all in order to appease his puppeteer."

Judge Glen Whitley, a Republican from Tarrant County, added, "The conspiracy theorists who want to come up with all these ways or reasons why this election wasn't right— they might very well find something else [to doubt]. It's time to move on."

The announcement of the audit came on the heels of the controversial hand recount of votes in Arizona's Maricopa County. The county, which includes Phoenix, played a key role in turning Arizona for Biden last year.

Arizona GOP Chair Calls For New Audit After Biden Confirmed Winner Again

  Arizona GOP Chair Calls For New Audit After Biden Confirmed Winner Again "FULL SIGNATURE AUDIT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!" Dr. Kelli Ward tweeted after Trump's loss was confirmed.Results of the audit, which was led by a group called "Cyber Ninjas," were released on Friday and found that Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by slightly more votes than the official count. Although the review was the third audit of Arizona results, none of which cast any reasonable doubt on Biden's win, Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward took to Twitter to call for another audit while insisting that Friday's results indicated "possible malfeasance.

The Arizona audit found that Biden beat Trump by a slightly larger margin than previously reported. Despite this, Trump claimed at a rally in Georgia on Saturday that the audit showed he won.

Newsweek has reached out to Abbott's office about this story.

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Pro-Trump Congressional Candidate Says 'Audit All 50 states' and 'Execute All Involved' .
Jarome Bell, running as an "America First" candidate in Virginia, made the statement after the Arizona audit results were announced.Republican Jarome Bell, who is running in Virginia's second congressional district, tweeted Friday, "Audit all 50 states. Arrest all involved. Try all involved. Convict all involved. Execute all involved. #MaricopaCountyFraud.

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