Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey defended the integrity of his state’s election, as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, suggested that even his own GOP was complicit in corruption in rocking the outcome.
On Monday, Ducey’s certified, elected president, Joe Biden, became the first Democrat to win the Grand Canyon state in 24 years. After the certification, which included official recognition of Democratic Senator Mark Kelly’s victory, Trump accused Ducey of “rushing to take a Democrat into office,” and “Republicans will remember for a long time.”
On Monday, at a hotel in Phoenix, Giuliani held an impromptu hearing in which he claimed the result was fraudulent, so members of the state legislature should ignore the election result. He also claimed that “illegal aliens” could have flooded the polls, Republic of Arizona reported.
Giuliani later tweeted, “Maybe corruption isn’t all on the side of Democrats? I always thought there was an equal distribution of virtue and deputies for both Republicans and Democrats.”
In another tweet, he said, “Arizona Governor Ducey refuses to meet with me. He doesn’t want to explain that he chose a foreign corrupt Voting Machine company to count the votes. I understand his reluctance, but we just have to call a separate meeting. Can we find out how crooked your choice was?
However, Ducey defended the election result on Twitter against the Trump team’s attacks, saying his state “has the strongest election laws in the country.”
On a long Twitter thread, Ducey said he had an ID card at the vote and that, unlike other states that use computers, the “every single” signature is manually reviewed in the early vote. He also pointed out that there were observers with both parties present, clear deadlines and no voting allowed after election day.
He added that “the problems that exist in other states simply do not apply here,” and the law requires the secretary of state to follow the election on Monday, in the presence of the governor and the chief prosecutor. General choice.
“This can ONLY be delayed if the counties DETERMINE their results. ALL 15 counties in Arizona – counties operated by both parties – certify their results,” he tweeted.
“Conducting the election will launch a 5-day period for all voters to challenge the election results in court in court. If you want to discuss the results, it’s time. Bring your challenges,” he said. “I have taken an oath to abide by it and take my responsibilities seriously.”
Newsweek contacted Trump’s campaign for comment.
Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes, and the transition to blue was largely due to Maricopa County, which became a Democrat for the first time since 1948.
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