November 1, 2022 Wayne Northey

Two Arizona Republicans on their fight for election facts

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October 30, 2022

CBSNews – Sunday

image above: Arizona AG debunks 2020 election fraud claims | 60 Minutes 01:12 © Provided by CBS News

WN: The shocking tragedy: millions have been galvanized to act on Trump’s denial of reality; on his endless attempt to make the “facts” fit his desperate fantasies; on “alternative facts” writ large coming home to roost.

There are none so blind as those who will not see!

Please also see, by Egberto Willies, November 15, 2022: Epic! Pundit turns loser AZ Governor candidate Kari Lake’s ‘BS’ tweet against her. We read:

Tim Miller did not allow Kari Lake to get away with the tweet. He knew exactly how to spin it in his chat with Stephanie Ruhle.

“A devastating loss for them,” Tim Miller said.  “And I think we should appreciate that. And that the American people rejected their lies, rejected their anti-Democrat efforts. Steve Bannon, on his podcast, is claiming that Republicans were going to win 100 seats and govern for 100 years. Well, they might not win any seats. They lost at least one Senate seat, maybe two. They lost two net governorships as a result, mostly because of people like Steve Bannon. And yet, no, they’re not backing down. Here’s something right before we went on staff that Kari tweeted. She said, Arizonans know B.S. when they see it.’ And unintentionally, she’s right about that. Arizonans saw that she was full of B.S. when it came to the election, but and they voted her out.

He nailed her with her own words. Arizonans were not intimidated by her implicit threats.

Please see too, by Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos Staff, January 12, 2002, Trump unravels after several Senate Republicans admit the truth: He’s a loser:

“The election was fair, as fair as we have seen. We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency,” Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota told ABC News last Sunday.

“Is he crazy or just stupid?” Trump wondered. “Even though his election will not be coming up for 5 years, I will never endorse this jerk again,” Trump added of Rounds, who’s up for reelection in 2026.

Rounds responded Monday with a lengthy statement:

“I stand by my statement. The former president lost in the 2020 election,” Rounds wrote. “This isn’t new information. If we’re being honest, there was no evidence of widespread fraud that would have altered the results of the election.”

This is the truth that nearly every congressional Republican has glossed over for a year. Senate Republicans, in particular, have tried to skip right past Trump’s fixation on 2020 while laughably claiming their 2022 message would be about the future, not the past.

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“I’ve no problem with people raising questions,” Gates explained to 60 Minutes. “What I have a problem with is people raising questions in bad faith.

In both races, the Republican nominees disputed the accuracy of the 2020 presidential election on the campaign trail. As 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley reported on Sunday, to date, no credible evidence has been presented in Arizona to substantiate claims of widespread voter fraud.

The person responsible for investigating election fraud allegations in Arizona is Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Brnovich, a lifelong Republican, voted for Mr. Trump in 2020 and told 60 Minutes his office thoroughly investigated leads that were sent to his office.

“There was no one in this country who wanted to find evidence of fraud more than I did,” Brnovich said to Pelley. “But I thought it was important to systematically go through and say ‘no’ this is the facts, this is the evidence, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but when you’re an actual prosecutor, when you’re the actual government, there’s a higher obligation—you can’t afford to be sloppy.”

This conclusion was echoed by the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Bill Gates. In his position as chairman, Gates is responsible for helping oversee elections in Arizona’s most populous county. The lifelong Republican told 60 Minutes that election deniers should learn about the vote counting process.

“I’ve no problem with people raising questions,” Gates explained to 60 Minutes. “What I have a problem with is people raising questions in bad faith. And when we clearly answer those questions, and when we debunk those conspiracy theories, those election deniers continue to spread lies. That’s what I have a problem with.”

Following the 2020 Election, Maricopa County hired two companies certified by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission to conduct a forensic audit of the ballot tabulation equipment. They published the independent evaluations online. The audit found that the machines were accurate, never connected to the internet, and showed no evidence of tampering.

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Wayne Northey

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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