Shawnna Bolick: 2020 election was ‘rigged’
By Mary Jo Pitz | Arizona Republic
Shawnna Bolick was in her usual no-nonsense mode.
Looking at an overcrowded, undercooled room at the state Senate on May 31, she laid down the ground rules for a presentation from the producers of “2,000 Mules,” a documentary that purports to show massive fraud in the 2020 election. The film was widely debunked.
“For those of you who have been in one of my Ways and Means committees, I will use the gavel,” said Bolick, signaling her intent to run a tight meeting. “If you guys are out of line, we will potentially give you a warning and throw you out.”
The presentation gave Bolick, a state lawmaker from Phoenix, a spotlight as she pursues the GOP nomination for Arizona secretary of state.
After the 2020 election, she told the audience during closing remarks, she filled 15 pages with ideas for improving elections. She worked with a local attorney to examine voter affidavits about irregularities in the election.
“Unfortunately, I had death threats. I had to put cameras up around our house,” she said. She waved off advice to get protection from the state Department of Public Safety.
“That’s OK, three of us know how to shoot back,” she said referring to her household, as the audience chuckled.
Bolick: 2020 election was ‘rigged’
Bolick’s tough talk doesn’t end with dealing with threats.
She has a lot to say about what she sees as failings of the last election, tiptoeing close to claiming it was stolen but not saying that outright.
“We do know the election officials colluded with the judiciary in 2020,” Bolick told the Senate audience, without offering any evidence.