Donald Trump heads to Phoenix demonstration after Arizona audit liaison was banned from building recounts
Donald Trump is heading to the epicenter of his efforts to nullify the 2020 election results as he holds a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday night.
The former president will take the stage at the “Protect Our Elections” event hosted by the Turning Point USA Political Action Committee and aimed at de-seminating Democratic politicians across the country.
Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, is at the center of Trump’s anger over his loss to President Joe Biden.
As Trump prepares to repeat his claims of voter fraud and a rigged election for his supporters on Saturday, the recount audit has been thrown into chaos.
Ken Bennett, a former Arizona secretary of state and state Senate liaison for the recount, has lost privileges to the building where the effort is taking place, according to recent reports.
Donald Trump will take the stage on Saturday at a Turning Point Action ‘Protect our Elections’ rally in Phoenix, Arizona
Trump will reiterate his claims that the 2020 election was stolen and that Arizona is one of the states where widespread voter fraud is responsible for his loss. Here’s How the Former President Leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on July 19, 2021
Saturday’s rally comes after a dramatic turn of events Friday when Ken Bennett, who served as Arizona Senate liaison on the election audit, was banned from the building where the recount is taking place.
The once president of the state senate was the only person involved in the recount in Maricopa with election experience.
Previously called the “director” of the recount, the Republic of Arizona reported Friday that Bennett was not allowed into the state fair building where the audit is taking place.
It comes after he shared data with outside critics of an ongoing vote recount.
Arizona is a swing state that Trump lost to Biden by just 0.3 percent in 2020. He claims he lost the state only to widespread fraud in Maricopa County, where he earned 995,665 votes against Biden’s 1,040,774, according to the state’s official tally.
But the former president’s most staunch supporters, several thousand of whom attended Saturday’s rally, argue that a lack of voter integrity is what caused Biden beating Trump.
Bennett (right) helps move the 2020 presidential election as the Maricopa County recount took place on May 1, 2021
Cyber Ninja was hired by the Arizona State Senate for the election audit. Here, contractors examine and recalculate the 2020 ballots at Veterans Memorial Coliseum May 1 in Phoenix
Trump has insisted since losing the November election that Biden won only because Democrats used the expanded pandemic-era mail-in voting laws to illegally influence elections in swing states.
In particular, he has turned his attention to Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania, the three states that were the subject of objections from GOP lawmakers to the election results during the certification of the Electoral College results on January 6, 2021.
Trump will take the stage at the Arizona Federal Theater around 3 p.m. MST to speak to a few thousand of his supporters who also feel the election has been stolen.
A retired army soldier and now Uber driver told DailyMail.com on Friday that there are many Republicans in the area willing to fight to undo the election results for Trump — even just in an effort to make sure the state stays red. .
Those in attendance are decked out in pro-America and pro-Trump swag.
One group held up a giant flag that read “Trump Won” in the theater, and another had Trump’s face on the American flag with the words “I’ll be back.”
The Arizona state Senate, which is Republican-majority, has paid $150,000 of the $9 million reportedly costing the election audit. The state has a GOP trifecta, meaning the governor is a Republican and the House and Senate have Republican majority.
Now that Bennett, the Senate liaison with the recount, has been banned, it has become unclear who is responsible for the review, which was ordered by the Arizona State Senate.
Those state senators must also oversee the recount.
Trump often e-mails statements from his Save America Political Action Committee against the results of Arizona and those he believes are trying to prevent the recount.
Most recently, he wrote on Thursday that Arizona state senator Paul Boyer is trying to prevent the evidence from coming out of the audit.
Trump supporters hold up a sign that reads ‘Trump Won’ before the former president arrives for his remarks on Saturday, July 24, 2021
“Arizona State Republican Senator Paul Boyer, a RINO if there ever was, is doing everything he can to stop the damning Maricopa County Forensic Audit,” Trump wrote. “The people of Arizona demand it.”
‘All we demand is voter integrity!’ he insisted, before stopping supporting former Arizona House of Representatives Anthony Kern who is fighting Boyer.
The Arizona Senate called in Cyber Ninjas to conduct a third recount audit in May, after two other election audits found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.