An election official from Arizona is calling former President Donald Trump’s claims about the audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 presidential election results “unhinged.”
Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder and a registered Republican, called Trump’s assertions that the county’s entire voter database was deleted “readily falsifiable.”
“Wow. This is unhinged. I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now,” he tweeted Saturday. “We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country.”
Earlier on Saturday, Trump took to his new communicative platform to allege the entire database had been erased.
“The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!” Trump wrote in a post, calling such action “illegal.”
The former president also called on the state’s attorney general to get involved in overseeing the proceedings.
“Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, will now be forced to look into this unbelievable Election crime. Many Radical Left Democrats and weak Republicans are very worried about the fact that this has been exposed,” he said.
Trump is not the first public figure to claim or share claims that a Maricopa County election database has been deleted. Earlier this week, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, who authorized the legislative body’s audit of Maricopa County’s voting equipment, wrote an open letter about “serious issues” that she had with the audit process, including a claim that the database was deleted.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, also a Republican, rejected Fann’s allegations as “false and ill-informed” and demanded “an immediate retraction of any public statements made to the news media and spread via Twitter.”
Maricopa Arizona Audit, purportedly the official account for the 2020 election review, accused county election officials of deleting files off of a server before it was delivered, which Sellers also said was “not true.”
The Senate president asked county officials to meet at the state Capitol on May 18 to discuss concerns about the audit as an alternative to the Senate’s previous threats to file additional subpoenas against the entire five-member board and Sheriff Paul Penzone, a Democrat.
At least one member of the board has declined to attend Fann’s suggested meeting, with Clint Kickman, a Republican member of the board, telling KTAR News, “I absolutely am not going to come down on Tuesday.”
Another Republican member of the board, Bill Gates, sharply criticized the GOP Senate-led audit, raising concerns that Republicans alleging widespread voter fraud “will do lasting damage to our republic.”
“If Republicans become the party of the ‘Big Lie,’ if we encourage this madness much longer, we will lose credibility with the majority of Americans on issues where I believe we have better ideas,” he said.
A judge ruled previous subpoenas issued by the Senate were “legal and enforceable,” and the county granted access to its elections materials for the audit, which is being led by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm. The board slammed Cyber Ninjas’s investigation, saying it was “not a real audit.”
Trump, who expressed support for Fann’s “devastating letter,” narrowly lost the state of Arizona to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, the first Republican presidential candidate not to carry the state since Bob Dole in 1996.
The audit will pause starting Friday due to previously scheduled high school graduation ceremonies at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the ballots are being counted and election equipment is inspected. The audit is set to resume May 24.
Author : Carly Roman