Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward calls Phoenix a ‘hell hole’

Kelli Ward speaks at a Republican rally. /Photo: Gage Sizemore/Flickr

Opinion: Facts don’t matter to someone like Ward, who continues to spread the Big Lie and to spew divisive language, even it if insults the 220,600 Republicans who live in Phoenix.

By EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

The head of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward, proclaimed on Twitter earlier this week that 220,600 members of her party choose for some ungodly reason to make their homes in a “hell hole.”

Meaning, Phoenix.

According to the Maricopa County Recorder’s latest count, that is the number of GOP voters who live here: 220,600.

I live in Phoenix, too, and have for 40 years.

As do individuals of note like Alice Cooper, the Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, “Twilight” series author Stephenie Meyer and many others.

The late-Sen. Barry Goldwater was born and raised here. As was Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. And film director Steven Spielberg. And country music star Dierks Bentley.

It goes on.

Parks, museums, nightlife = hell hole?

The internationally renowned Heard Museum is here. The Desert Botanical Garden. Encanto Park. Papago Park. South Mountain. Camelback Mountain. Piestewa Peak. Roosevelt Row. Heritage Square. St. Mary’s Basilica.

Restaurants and bars and sports venues and theaters of every variety and size.

All that and more is what the chair of the Arizona Republican Party calls a “hell hole.”

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