Karrin Taylor Robson, GOP Guv hopeful: 2020 election ‘wasn’t fair’ for Trump
Karrin Taylor Robson, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, does not believe Joe Biden was fairly elected president in 2020.
It’s the most definitive statement she’s made about the election during her campaign, which launched nearly a year ago: “Joe Biden may be the president, but the election was not fair.
Robson’s statement to The New York Times for a story about Republicans in Arizona centering their campaigns on false and debunked allegations of voter fraud did not include any elaboration on what she thought was unfair about an election that Arizona and nation officials say was the safest and most secure election in history.
Robson’s campaign told the Arizona Mirror that the Time did not use the “entirety” of his statement. Campaign spokesperson Matthew Benson provided the full statement to the shimmer:
“Joe Biden may be the president, but the election wasn’t fair. States across the country changed their voting rules in the weeks and months leading up to the election; mainstream media generally refused to covering stories damaging to Joe Biden; and Big Tech actively suppressing conservative voices. No wonder a significant percentage of Arizona Republicans still feel the way they do heading into 2020.”
Benson wouldn’t elaborate on the differentiation between media critics – presumably the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which Robson had previously tweeted – and criticize the way the election itself was handled. In response to questions seeking further clarification, Benson generally indicated that other states change voting rules shortly before elections. He did not provide details, but some states adopted new voting procedures in 2020 to ensure voters can vote safely amid a deadly global pandemic.
In some cases, these new procedures related to the expansion of early or mail-in voting programs. But that wasn’t the case in Arizona, which has been a national leader in early voting. Mail-in voting is incredibly popular here, and nearly 90% of Arizona voters voted early in 2020.
But Republicans, led by twice-impeached former President Donald Trump, have falsely claimed that early voting is a vehicle for voter fraud.
Republicans in Arizona and state legislatures across the country are pushing hundreds of measures to add hurdles to voting and make it easier for them to overturn results they don’t like, often under the guise of shutting down the extremely rare voter fraud they falsely claim is why Democrats won close races in 2018 and 2020.
Robson, a developer and former university regent, is locked in a three-way race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination with Kari Lake and Matt Salmon. Lake made the Big Lie — the misconception that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump by widespread and coordinated fraud — a central theme of her campaign, and she was trump approved Last year.
Robson’s comments come just a day later Maricopa County officials blasted Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich for his interim report on his office’s investigation into “the audit” that took place throughout 2021. They broke down point by point correcting the record of all the claims Brnovich and others pushed under the pretext of “raising questions” for the in the name of the integrity of the elections.
The oversight board (four of which are Republicans) was joined by Stephen Richer, the Republican county recorder who beat the incumbent Democrat in the 2020 election, voicing their frustrations which have continued to build for more than a year.
Richer told the Arizona Mirror his first reaction to Robson’s printed quote is that he has no idea what she means by “wasn’t fair”. But upon hearing the full statement, he said there was some validity to his concerns about ‘legacy media’ coverage of the Hunter Biden story and potentially others that could have been damaging to the current president.
But regarding his other remarks about how states across the country changed the rules at the last minute, he said he could only speak to Arizona, which extended the deadline for voter registration for 10 days after the 9th Circuit overturned a federal judge’s decision to extend it even longer.
It was, he said, the only thing that caused “disruption of the process in the name of COVID.” But he admitted it likely benefits Republicans more than Democrats given the party registration numbers reported in this window. He said that was still probably a relatively small difference.
Richer said the continued spread of theories debunked by Robson and others was “myopic” in nature.
Misinformation about the 2020 election led Richer to create your own political action committee called Arizona Pro-Democracy Republicans who would increase the campaign coffers of Republican candidates who reject false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged.
It was only intended to help statewide and statewide candidates, not statewide. To date, none of the funds raised have gone to any candidate’s campaign, according to campaign finance reports on the secretary of state’s website.
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