Trump celebrates anniversary of election defeat by praising Arizona ‘listeners’ and repeating false allegations of fraud
The president a mandate president thanked Republicans in the state for their work to “find all the frauds and irregularities” in their forensic audit of 2.1 million votes in Maricopa County.
State officials said the audit of Mr. Trump’s allies actually found 99 more votes for Joe Biden and 261 fewer votes for the former president.
Supporters of Mr. Trump had been pushing for the audit in hopes he would back up his completely debunked “big lies” claims that he had been robbed of a second term in the White House over ‘widespread fraud at the ballot box.
“It was a very sad day for our country, it was a very sad election,” complained Mr. Trump in the video, which was posted on Twitter by his chief spokesperson Liz Harrington.
Mr Trump also reiterated his support for former TV news anchor Kari Lake, who is running for governor in 2022.
Several Republicans are aiming to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who served two consecutive terms in Arizona and is not eligible for re-election.
Mr. Trump continued to falsely claim he won Arizona and attacked Mr. Ducey for not supporting that position.
Arizona voted for Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election, but switched to Mr. Biden in 2022, the first time in decades that the Democratic candidate has won the state.
Mr Biden won Arizona by around 10,000 votes, which was confirmed by a manual recount.
He also won Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix, by around 45,000 votes, which was critical in helping him defeat Mr. Trump and claim the state’s 11 Electoral College votes.