Former President Donald Trump and fellow prominent Republicans are continuing to spread lies about the integrity of last year’s presidential election, threatening the very stability of democracy in the United States in the process. They’re claiming to their voters that the democratic process as it exists in the United States should not stand — no matter their excuses for their rhetoric, it all amounts in reality to an attack against that democratic foundation, which has been proven time and time again to have held through the 2020 presidential election. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, went after Republicans including Trump for their lies this week.
Hobbs was responding to reporting about the startling rate of questioning of the integrity of last year’s election among Republican candidates to become Secretary of State in five battleground states. Among 15 Republican contenders in those states, including Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada, ten “have either declared that the 2020 election was stolen or called for their state’s results to be invalidated or further investigated,” Reuters reveals. Secretaries of State are, generally speaking, in charge of running elections, meaning that if any of these liars were to be elected, they could do real damage.
Hobbs commented as follows:
‘This is so dangerous. Donald Trump and his conspiracist cronies are laying the groundwork for instability and chaos in 2024. 2022 is our one chance to stop them, by electing leaders that will defend our democracy with transparency and courage.’
This is so dangerous.
Donald Trump and his conspiracist cronies are laying the groundwork for instability and chaos in 2024.
2022 is our one chance to stop them, by electing leaders that will defend our democracy with transparency and courage.
RT to spread the word. https://t.co/MYcpXdI8fN
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) October 12, 2021
Hobbs recently saw the damaging, Cyber Ninjas-led audit of the presidential election results in Maricopa County play out in her state. Although those auditors concluded that Biden had, in fact, won the county — as local authorities previously determined, their antics were still poised to damage trust in the electoral process. Instead of acknowledging the basic reality that the presidential election results had been found to be secure by competent authorities, Republicans in the Arizona state Senate (who led the Maricopa County audit) opted to pursue baseless conspiracy theories that there were reasons to be concerned about the integrity of the election. Trump has claimed vindication from the Maricopa County audit, even though it affirmed Biden’s victory. In other words, the mess seems set to continue.