Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey must send in state police or the National Guard to protect the team conducting a GOP-backed 2020 election audit in Maricopa County, said former President Donald Trump.
Showing his vested interest in the controversial review, which is being challenged in court by Democrats, the 45th president sent three tweemails through his Save America PAC over the past 24 hours. In those messages, Trump praised the Republicans he says are “exposing the large scale voter fraud,” sharing a fundraising link for the endeavor and needling the state’s GOP governor for not doing more to protect it.
“The Republican Party is demanding that Governor Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said in a missive on Saturday morning.
“Governor Ducey will be held fully responsible for the safety of those involved. State police or National Guard must be immediately sent out for protection,” he added. “The Democrats do not want to have this information revealed, and they will do anything to stop it. Governor Ducey must finally act!”
The audit includes a recount of the 2.1 million ballots cast in Arizona’s most populous county and a forensic audit of the voting machines. The review is taking place in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, and the GOP-led Arizona Senate hired Cyber Ninjas, a cybersecurity firm from Florida, to manage it.
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