Donald Trump’s “unhinged lies” should not be given space anymore. That’s the message a Republican election official from Arizona wants to get out there. Over the last week, Stephen Richer has been trying to get others to listen to that message.
At the heart of that message are the latest claims the former president, and loser of the 2020 Presidential Election, made about the Arizona ballot audits. While the audits are going on, Trump has issued several press releases. He’s unable to tweet as he’s been permanently banned from Twitter.
It appears one press release, in particular, drew Richer’s ire. In that release, Trump claimed that the “entire database” in Maricopa County in Arizona had been deleted. The former president went on to claim this proved that someone was working against him and had cheated in the 2020 election.
Richer quote tweeted the release and called the claims “wrong.”
“Wow. This is unhinged,” Richer wrote. “I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now.” He added that “we can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state … This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don’t call this out…”
That particular take has made the Arizona Republican one of the only voices in his party that has directly called out Trump when it comes to the audits. That may be changing, as he makes a tour around the media.
Wow. This is unhinged. I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now.
We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country.
This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don’t call this out… pic.twitter.com/5tDy1wsZg6
— Stephen Richer—Maricopa Cnty Recorder (prsnl acct) (@stephen_richer) May 15, 2021
Trump’s ‘Unhinged Lies’ Are Dangerous
On Monday, Richer appeared on both Erin Burnett Outfront and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. On both shows, he made similar comments. His appearance followed a previous announcement by the Republican-led county Board of Supervisors denounced the audit as a grift.
Richer pointed out the oddity of this audit, by pointing to his own race.
“They’re only doing two elections on a ballot that had over 60 elections, and how they chose those, I don’t know,” Richer said. “But if they wanted to choose the closest race that was on every single ballot in Maricopa county, they, ironically, should have started with mine, in which a Republican unseated a Democrat incumbent.”
“Just stop indulging this. Stop giving space for lies. We found out about this latest accusation through the Arizona Senate’s audit’s Twitter account, which is anonymously run, just accusing me and my staff of unlawfully deleting evidence. That’s not appropriate,” Richer said, later adding, “That’s why we did this. Because it was just exhausting to have to respond to every unfounded allegation and insinuation while we’re supposed to be doing the normal work of the county. I have no idea how long this will go on for. It will probably — possibly into 2022.”
When Does It Stop?
However, It’s not clear if the misinformation will stop. As Richer pointed out in his appearance, Trump’s “unhinged lies” are indeed speeding up. Others have pointed out the misinformation appears to be a concerted effort. Those doing the audits also appear to have a predetermined goal.
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