That’s right, if you’re a member of the media who questions Arizona Republicans’ lame-brain “election fraud” claims, which haven’t let up since 2020, you are a “domestic terrorist.”
“The mainstream media is Domestic Terrorists,” the Arizona GOP Twitter account tweeted… That tweet was later deleted.
Yeah, maybe someone thought it might not be a good idea to call journalists “terrorists” a few days after Uvalde, but I’m probably giving them too much credit there.
Arizona Republicans just can’t quit their fraud claims, which get nuttier and more conspiratorial with each version. They have no political platform to speak of, it’s only about voter fraud. Heck, they didn’t believe the pre-election polls in 2020 that showed Biden winning Arizona (“fake polls!”), and on election night after Fox News called the state for Biden the “stop the steal” nonsense started immediately—that night.
Following the Nov. 2020 election, two recounts by Maricopa County officials showed the election was not stolen, but those audits were not good enough for Arizona Senate Republicans, who had to conduct their own recount, dammit! That led to the costly, inept, months-long investigation by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida firm that had never conducted an election recount. Even those clowns found that Biden won the state!
Doesn’t matter … nearly two years later the “stolen election” BS remains the core of the Arizona GOP and the main ingredient of every Republican candidate’s stump speech. “They were pumping fraudulent ballots in,” claimed GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, without evidence of who was pumping what.
Lake’s claims were prompted in part by the release of 2000 Mules, a film by conspiracist nutball Dinesh D’Souza that supposedly uses trillions of bits of phone tracking data to “prove” hundreds of criminals were stuffing Arizona ballot boxes for Biden. While the film makes a lot of wild accusations, it presents no evidence (claiming it’s “proprietary”). More than a few sources have fact-checked the bogus film’s methodology and findings, and even Fox refused to air it (pissing off trump).
That didn’t stop Arizona Republicans from holding a two-hour hearing yesterday featuring the group True the Vote, which partnered with D’Souza on the film. After claiming that Democrats paid 200 people to stuff 20 ballot boxes each (no proof, natch), one Republican lawmaker encouraged vigilantes to spy on voters this election.
“I have been so pleased to hear about all you vigilantes out there that want to camp out at these drop boxes,” Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Apache Junction, said… We’re going to have hidden trail cameras, we are going to have people parked out there watching you and they are going to follow you to your car and get your license plate, so don’t try it.”
What they’re looking for are ballot harvesters, people who deliver someone else’s ballot to the drop box—a far cry from “stuffing” ballot boxes with illegal votes. The practice used to be legal, since it helps, among many, seniors who don’t drive, people who can’t get away from work, and Native Americans who live miles from a polling station. However, Republicans here made ballot harvesting illegal in 2016, because they know it mostly benefits seniors, minorities, students, and workers, i.e., Democrats. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Arizona ban (no surprise) in 2021.
D’Souza and Arizona Republicans, however, claim there’s more going on here than someone delivering grandma’s ballot. And their conspiracy goes way beyond bamboo ballots and Dominion voting machines; currently it has something to do with a New World Order and a Jewish globalist network—and all of it happened right here in Arizona! So there’s today’s AZ GOP. But don’t ask them for evidence or call their theories looney, because then you’re a domestic terrorist.