During an appearance on CNN, Arizona Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs starkly criticized former President Donald Trump for continuing to peddle false claims about the integrity of last year’s presidential election, which he has — contrary to reality — insisted was somehow rigged for Joe Biden. Although Trump’s claims are old at this point, the “dangerous” impact remains, as Hobbs and CNN host Jim Acosta noted. Trump is advocating against democracy as it stands in the United States via his claims — without meaningful, supporting evidence — that the electoral system that’s been set up doesn’t represent the true will of the people and/ or what should happen.
Asked how “dangerous” an imminently planned visit by Trump to Arizona is, Hobbs replied as follows:
‘Well, it is dangerous. 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. The bottom line is that Arizonans are tired of being led by conspiracy theorists. They don’t support this fake audit. And they’re ready for leaders who are going to put those partisan games aside and deal with real issues. That’s why I’m running for governor.’
The audit to which Hobbs referred has been unfolding in Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix. Republicans from the Arizona state Senate subpoenaed and successfully obtained materials from last year’s election from local authorities, and subsequently, these Republican state Senators tasked a company called Cyber Ninjas — which had no previous election auditing experience whatsoever — with leading a supposed audit. In reality, scrutiny of the election results in Arizona and elsewhere has already long since revealed that there is no meaningful evidence at all of systematic election fraud in last year’s presidential race. The supposed audit in Maricopa County is founded upon incompetence and ignorance. Troublingly, these problems could lead to totally unreliable conclusions.
On CNN, Hobbs added as follows, after a question from Acosta about what her message to Trump would be:
‘I mean, like most grownups, take your loss and accept it and move on. Nothing that’s going on here is going to change the outcome, and really this is nothing more than being a sore loser.’
Trump has never exactly proven to be inclined towards meaningful acknowledgements of reality. Watch Hobbs’s comments at this link.