With widespread speculation surrounding the results of the recent election, American voters are naturally concerned about the impartiality of the state officials tasked with overseeing the process in a transparent manner.
One such official whose judgment is now under new scrutiny is Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who tweeted in 2017 that President Donald Trump’s base of supporters was comprised of neo-Nazis, as reported by the New York Post.
“Made it abundantly clear”
Her remark came in the aftermath of a deadly clash at a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Hobbs tweeted that Trump “has made it abundantly clear he’s more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being [a president] for all Americans.”
The post re-emerged in recent days as Arizona became the target of alleged election irregularities. Despite the heightened backlash, however, she opted against deleting the tweet.
Instead, she has remained defiant and even refused to apologize for the offensive sentiments expressed in her tweet.
The Arizona Mirror, a progressive independent media outlet, attempted to defend her decision, claiming that she had received threats as a result and redirected calls to an automated answering service as a result.
“I took an oath”
At the time of Hobbs’ tweet, she claimed that her remark was a reference to Trump’s supposed refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the wake of the Charlottesville incident by pointing his belief that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the conflict.
Even PolitiFact has since acknowledged that this is a false narrative, however, pointing out that the president issued several statements condemning bigotry and hatred — including specific denunciations of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, who he said should be “condemned totally.”
As a result, she has attempted to shift her position, as she explained in her statement to the Mirror.
“My tweet was not directed at all conservatives, it was not directed at all the president’s supporters,” she said. “I’m not questioning people’s concerns of perception of bias.”
Nevertheless, she dismissed such allegations by pointing to the pledge she took upon stepping into office: “I took an oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution of Arizona and the United States of America and my personal views have not interfered with my job for the state of Arizona.”