Russell Bartlett, It’s been more than a year since Donald Trump began sounding the alarm about election fraud.
Many Republicans are still pushing for an investigation into the results of the 2020 presidential race.
One of those lawmakers is GOP state Rep. Mark Finchem of Arizona.
The Trump ally has introduced a new resolution that, if successful, would decertify the results in three counties that reportedly went to Joe Biden in the election.
He explained the effort in a recent press release.
Although Finchem acknowledged that such a move is unprecedented, he said that does not mean it is impossible.
As he argued in his statement on the matter:
“That there is no process under current law for the Arizona Legislature to ‘decertify’ an election, does not mean that the Legislature cannot provide a remedy for outcome-determinative fraud and illegality in the conduct of the election, exercising powers it has directly from Article II of the federal Constitution, for as the Supreme Court stated in McPherson, ‘there is no doubt of the right of the legislature to resume the power [to appoint electors] at any time, for it can neither be taken away nor abdicated.’
“In the case of Maricopa, Pima and Yuma Counties, the fact that there is evidence showing illegal acts occurred, whether by intent or omission does not matter, the margin of error exceeds the margin of victory. If we are a nation governed by the ‘rule of law,’ as we so often espouse, then violations of the law must have consequences. In that regard, the 2020 General Election is irredeemably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.”
Finchem is one of many pro-Trump politicians nationwide who continue to push for certain election results to be overturned.
NPR offered some details:
More recently, Finchem also appeared at a QAnon conference, and in speaking with NPR declined to describe what happened at the Capitol as a riot or an insurrection, instead making allusions to some sort of conspiracy involving law enforcement.
Now, he is running to oversee voting in Arizona in 2022.
And he’s not alone.
An NPR analysis of 2022 secretary of state races across the country found at least 20 Republican candidates running who question the legitimacy of President Biden’s 2020 win, even though no evidence of widespread fraud has been uncovered about the race over the last 14 months. In fact, claims of any sort of fraud that swung the election have been explicitly refuted in state after state, including those run by Republicans.
Like-minded pundits and politicos have expressed their own misgivings on social media.
740,000 Maricopa County 2020 ballots cannot be authenticated. Lack of authentication means exclusion. The margin here is so large that the compelling conclusion is that results that cannot be verified cannot be certified—@SonnyBorrelli @RealMarkFinchem @WendyRogersAZ @KariLake https://t.co/4GOPO2rQnQ
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) February 8, 2022
President Donald J. Trump:
“Why isn’t the corrupt Unselect Committee of political hacks and highly partisan sleazebags in Washington investigating the massive voter fraud and irregularities that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election, rather than spending all of… pic.twitter.com/0P7rmVulFL
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 3, 2022
It’s important to note the video evidence here is official surveillance video from ballot drop boxes. It has never been seen before, and we have a whole lot more of this to show you in the movie. “2000 Mules” is the investigation you’ve been waiting for. https://t.co/2UdiZv6MHR
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 1, 2022
Finchem, whose district includes parts of Pima and Pinal counties, is a candidate for Arizona secretary of state endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who has boosted assertions of there being widespread fraud in states including Arizona even as election officials and the courts have roundly rejected such claims. Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, was the site of a controversial audit commissioned by the GOP-led Arizona Senate that affirmed Biden’s victory but led to a referral to the state’s attorney general to investigate “urgent issues.”
If Donald Trump had been able to convince his vice president to act last year, Finchem’s current effort would be unnecessary.
In the following video clip, Mike Pence can be heard responding to Trump’s criticism.