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Arizona Republican Official Pushes Back on Trump’s Maricopa County Election Recount Remarks

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An Arizona official is laying into claims made by former President Donald Trump.

The topic in hand is an audit of the Maricopa County, Arizona, ballots, and Trump has falsely accused the county of deleting an elections database.

“Wow. This is unhinged,” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer responded to Trump’s recent statement over the weekend.

He continued, “I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now. We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country. This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don’t call this out.”

Then directing a tweet to Arizona House Rep. Leo Biasiucci (R), Richer wrote, “Here’s a great example of a plain-as-day lie that will lead our Arizona residents to think the Maricopa County database has been entirely deleted. Help me call out this lie.”

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Richer, a Republican, leads the Maricopa County elections department, which is the target of an audit by Republicans.

Richer was responding to Trump’s claim, “The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms. Additionally, seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse.”

Trump also claimed, “The DELETION of an entire Database and critical Election files of Maricopa County is unprecedented. Many other States to follow.”

The account for Maricopa County on Twitter wrote on Friday that “the 2020 elections were run [with] integrity, the results certified by the county [and] state were accurate, [and] the 2 independent audits conducted by the County are the true final word on the subject.”

The Twitter account for the county also noted that there will be a public meeting on Monday where the “board will lay out facts.”

In the meeting, Maricopa County officials will respond “to questions raised by Arizona Senate-hired private contractors auditing the county’s general election,” according to The Arizona Republic.

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