The official who is responsible for certifying the election in Arizona is a staunch NeverTrumper who once said President Trump panders to his “neo-Nazi base.”
Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s Secretary of State, registered her disgust with the president and his supporters on Twitter in August of 2017.
.@realDonaldTrump has made it abundantly clear he's more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans.
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 15, 2017
August 15, 2017 is the day President Trump said during a contentious press conference that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the Confederate statue debate. The presser came after neo-Nazis clashed with antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators during a violent riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Democrats and their media allies immediately accused the president of calling the neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” rally “very fine people. Of course, the president did no such thing. He actually stressed during the press conference that he was not referring to the neo-Nazis, and condemned them without reservation.
Joe Biden launched his campaign for the presidency with a speech based on that lie which he repeated over and over throughout his campaign.
While most Democrats were content to aim their fire at Trump, twisting his words to make him look like a racist, Hobbs in her August 2017 tweet targeted the president’s voters, calling them his “neo-nazi base.”
Since the election, Hobbs has emerged as somewhat of a “media darling,” appearing on numerous local news and national news outlets to assure voters—including the ones she called neo-nazis—that there were absolutely no voting irregularities in her state.
.@katiehobbs the Arizona Secretary of State does not mince words about President Covita’s false claims of voting fraud in her state! pic.twitter.com/ltTSii48X6
— Eric Erkenbrack (@Erky321) November 6, 2020
As the last remaining votes in Arizona are counted, Joe Biden’s lead has shrunk to 11,635 votes. In Arizona, a mandatory recount reportedly kicks in at 3,300.
The Trump campaign on Saturday filed suit in Maricopa County Superior Court against Hobbs, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, claiming that Maricopa County rejected ballots that should have been given a second review.
The suit claims that those rejected ballots would “yield up to thousands of additional votes for President Trump and other Republican candidates” if they were counted.
“This election is far from over. The American people are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballot,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward in a statement over the weekend. “We will not rest until the American people have the honest vote count they deserve and that our nation demands.”