By Jim Small | Arizona Mirror
Just when you thought the farce that is the Arizona Senate’s proposed audit of the 2020 election couldn’t be any more farcical, news comes about a hand recount conducted by volunteers that makes it impossible not to laugh at the sheer ineptitude of this entire unnecessary endeavor.
And that ineptitude only serves to highlight a fact that must not be lost sight of: This entire effort is in service of the lie that fraud led to Donald Trump’s defeat in November, and the audit is squarely aimed at finding the non-existent proof that will finally expose the “truth.”
It isn’t aimed at finding the actual truth — which is that there was no massive fraud and Trump lost because he mismanaged a pandemic and alienated independents and moderate Republicans — but at verifying the alternate reality “truth” that Trump spent months injecting into his base.
One thing the audit certainly won’t be is the “big step in returning trust and confidence in our election process” as Senate President Karen Fann claims.
Republicans calling for this audit keep braying about the need to “restore faith” in our elections, as though they aren’t responsible for that lack of faith — that they aren’t holding the gas can and matches used to set a pillar of our democracy ablaze or complicitly watching their peers lie about our elections.