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Opinion: Donald Trump is once again showing he’s deluded when it comes to Arizona’s election. Expect the lies to fly when he arrives in Florence on Saturday for his first rally of the year.
By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic
In an interview with NPR – cut short by Trump when the reporter insisted upon a return trip to reality – Trump proclaimed yet again that Arizona’s vote in the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that an audit of Maricopa County’s election proved it.
“The findings are devastating for Arizona,” Trump told NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Tuesday. “They’re devastating like nobody’s seen before.”
Not even the Cyber Ninjas could find fraud
Here in the real world, not even the Trump supporters who conducted the audit found fraud. Instead, the Cyber Ninjas in September announced that while Biden got more votes, they found “anomalies” in voting that required further investigation or explanation.
Republican-run Maricopa County spent the last three months delving into the ninjas’ findings that more than 53,000 ballots were potentially suspicious. Last week, county officials soundly and roundly debunked 74 of the ninjas’ 75 findings.
“We determined that nearly every finding included faulty analysis, inaccurate claims, misleading conclusions and a lack of understanding of federal and state election laws,” the county wrote.
The county did find 87 questionable ballots – 37 that were potentially fraudulent and 50 that were mistakenly double counted.
That’s 87 out of 2.1 million cast.
That is, indeed, “devastating.” And yet the ex-president either refuses or is just mentally incapable of seeing it. He continues to cling to the fantasy that, facts be damned, he could not possibly have lost the election.
Plenty in Arizona still enable Trump’s fantasy