Former President Donald Trump will speak at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday evening, but according to some of the state’s officials, he’s not welcome.
According to the Washington Examiner, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), made clear her feelings regarding Trump’s upcoming visit during an interview with CNN, labeling his pop-in as “dangerous.”
But why “dangerous?”
Hobbs, who parroted Democratic talking points about the former president and his views on the 2020 election results during her CNN interview, said she and others in the state are “tired of being led by conspiracy theorists,” while subtly referencing the latest developments in the Maricopa County audit.
“The bottom line is it doesn’t matter what he says or does, nothing is going to change the outcome of the 2020 election. But it also doesn’t change how dangerous this is,” Hobbs said.
Trump’s rally, which is called the “Protect Our Elections” rally, will undoubtedly stir an uproar of criticism from Arizona officials who have voiced concerns over the ongoing Maricopa County audit.
Hobbs added that she believes voters in Arizona “don’t support this fake audit, and they’re ready for leaders that are going to put those partisan games aside and deal with real issues.”
She also took the time to mention that she happens to be running for governor in 2022, which quickly revealed the true reason why she decided to make a few headline-generating statements during the CNN interview.
Hobbs really hates the audit
The Arizona official rambled on about the Maricopa County audit, suggesting that the process, which is being led by the state’s Republican Senate, is “fraught with errors and problems.”
Pointing at several technicalities while disparaging the private firm, Cyber Ninjas, who are conducting the audit, Hobbs claimed there’s “no way they could come up with a legitimate outcome or result and at this point.”
She also took issue with the funding that has allowed the audit to happen — a controversial subject given that aside from $150,000 from Arizona Senate Republicans, the backers of the audit have purposely been kept private.
Likely for the sake of scoring political points, Hobbs completely ignored Senate President Karen Fann, who was responsible for overseeing the audit. Fann has gone on record as saying that the audit is not an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, rather, it’s a method of safeguarding the integrity of future elections.
Regardless, one would be foolish to bet that Mr. Trump won’t have anything to say about the audit. He’ll likely be responsible for more than a few headlines on the Sunday morning talk show circuit.