Many conservatives have expressed concerns over voter integrity — or lack thereof — following the 2020 presidential race, concerns that have led to an audit in more than one jurisdiction, including Arizona’s Maricopa County.
While that move was opposed by Democrats, some Republican lawmakers have expressed opposition, as well. Last week, former President Donald Trump lashed out at one of them in a scathing public statement.
As the Washington Examiner reported, Trump didn’t hold back last Thursday as he excoriated Arizona state Sen. Paul Boyer, who the former president called “a RINO if there ever was one.”
“Nothing but trouble”
Trump charged that the Republican state lawmaker “is doing everything in his power to hold up the damning Forensic Audit of Maricopa County which has been taking place over the last 90 days.”
“The people of Arizona are demanding it,” Trump added, according to the Examiner. “Boyer has been nothing but trouble, and nobody knows why. All we demand is Voter Integrity!”
The former president then expressed support for former Arizona state Rep. Anthony Kern in his primary challenge against Boyer. Trump hailed Kern as “strong and highly respected.”
RINO fires back
For his part, Boyer fired back late Thursday by mocking Trump’s failure to complete his promised wall at the U.S.–Mexico border and accusing him of inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol back in January.
“Had Trump built the wall like he promised, perhaps he could’ve prevented the 40k #BambooBallots from being imported into Arizona,” Boyer said in a tweet full of laughing emojis.
“And if he hadn’t started an insurrection in D.C. and gotten kicked off here, I could’ve responded directly to him. So there’s that,” Boyer added, referring to Twitter’s decision to ban Trump from the platform earlier this year.
Boyer breaks ranks
The Examiner noted in its report that Boyer “broke ranks” with other members of his party by coming out against the Maricopa County audit in February.
“It makes us look like idiots,” Boyer was quoted by The New York Times as saying of the review effort. “Looking back, I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point.”
Last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice would be applying “scrutiny” to the election audit in Arizona along with similar efforts in other states, the Washington Examiner reported separately.