It’s way past time to put Trump’s “big lie” to rest. Trump told us before the election that if he did not win, he would claim it was “‘rigged,” and he did just that. He spread his “big lie,” an attempted coup, an override of a free and fair election, between election day and Jan. 6, and Republican leaders, who have been complicit in all of Trump’s lies, supported the sore loser Trump and his last “big lie.” Congressmen Paul Gosar, R-CD4, Andy Biggs, R-CD5, and Mo Brooks, R-Ala., according to planner Ali Akbar Alexander, were instrumental in organizing the Jan. 6 insurrection. Arizona Congresspersons Lesko, R-CD8, Gosar and Biggs voted, after the insurrection, to disenfranchise their own voters and not accept certification of the vote of their very own state, an election they had just won.
Mark Finchem, R-LD11, attended the insurrection, tweeting his support for the deadly mob. Sen. Karen Fann, R-LD1, and Sen. Warren Petersen, R-LD12, have subpoenaed “all original paper ballots” in Maricopa County, as well as county voting equipment and software. Maricopa ballots have already been counted, audited and recounted numerous times, and the details are on the Maricopa County Election Facts web page for anyone willing to read it. And now Republicans are challenging the election of Kelli Ward, Miss “Stop the Steal,” to be chair of their party. Kelli does not appear to be supportive of any recount on her election. Trump’s approach to his loss was to utilize the tools dictators have used throughout history. Trump incited the riot on live TV, Gosar led the fight on the House floor to disenfranchise Arizona voters, with Biggs and Lesko voting with him. Finchem got himself to Washington, D.C., and tweeted support of the insurrection. All of these Republicans are undermining our democracy.