Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey may have ignored a phone call from President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence while certifying President Joe Biden as the winner of the state on Monday.
Ducey indicated in July that his cell phone is set to play “Greetings to the Boss” when Trump or Pence calls. In a video in which Ducey signed documents confirming Biden’s victory on Monday, the song is faintly heard before the governor shows him taking a phone out of his jacket pocket, putting it on his desk and shaking his head slightly.
“I’m in touch with the president, and when I need to go to Arizona, I’ll talk to him directly,” Ducey said at a July 9 news conference. “Personally, we got so much information from both the president and vice president that I had to change the ringtone on my phone. And it says, ‘Greetings to the boss,’ because I didn’t want to miss a direct phone call directly from the White House to help the state of Arizona.” “
Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes, and in 1996, Bill Clinton was the first Democrat since President to win the state. Ducey, who first admitted that Biden won the state last week, joined other senior officials to sign the certificate on Monday. while noting that the state is conducting the elections “well” and that its “system is strong.”
In addition to gaining votes at Biden 11 Electoral College, the certification of the Arizona election will also pave the way for Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly’s election to take office quickly. Kelly, who was a resigning Republican senator for Martha McSally in November, is expected to take an oath on Wednesday.
Senate GOP control will be reduced by 52-48 after Kelly takes office, with governance at the next meeting determined by the results of the two January 5 elections in Georgia. If the Democrats win both races, the party will have full control over Congress – despite the 50-50 split in the Senate, as Vice President Kamala Harris would have a decisive vote to sever ties.
While it was unclear whether the presidential ringtone meant that Ducey actually received and ignored Trump’s or Pence’s phone call while signing the certification papers, the president reacted angrily to the news of the certification as he continued to uncover the evidence – a free conspiracy theories about voter fraud on Twitter.
“Why is there a hurry to put a Democrat in office, especially when so many horrific things come to light about voter fraud at the current trial,” Trump tweeted. “What happens to @ dougducey? Republicans will remember it for a long time!”
Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, held an impromptu “hearing” in protest of the results at a hotel in Phoenix at the same time as the certificate after the GOP leadership in state law rejected the request for a formal hearing. Numerous legal challenges to overturn the election result have failed in Arizona and several other states.
Newsweek he turned to the White House for a comment.