The long-awaited report on the “forensic audit” of the 2020 Presidential election in Maricopa County was presented to the Arizona Senate on Sept. 24. The bottom line was this: Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired to do the audit, said now-President Joe Biden won the election in Maricopa County and the State of Arizona.
Cyber Ninjas was founded by a man who has echoed former President Donald Trump’s claims the 2020 election was stolen. One can assume they were looking for any signs of fraud. They found very little of that.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the audit results appear to have changed no one’s mind. Those who believe there was massive fraud and the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump are convinced more than ever that they are right. At the same time, those who believe the election was conducted honestly and the vote count was accurate are convinced more than ever that they are right.
On their Facebook pages, State Republican Chair Kelli Ward, who lives in Lake Havasu City, and State Rep. Leo Biasiucci, also of Lake Havasu City, said the report showed massive fraud and criminal activity on the part of Maricopa County Elections officials. They called for an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. They and others accused the media of lying and misrepresenting the truth.
I’m reminded of what Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. He said some people will never be convinced of the election results, even if you do many forensic audits.
“The best way to honor those who are unhappy with the election results is by telling them the truth,” Romney said. “President-Elect Biden won this election. President Trump lost. I’ve had that experience myself. It’s not fun.”
Perhaps Gov. Doug Ducey had the best comment on the audit.
“When it comes to the audit, like the three audits that preceded it, it’s now over,” Ducey said on Twitter in media reports. “The outcome stands and the 2020 election in Arizona is over.”
Maybe it’s time to finally lay the 2020 election to rest and move forward. It’s been almost 11 months since the election, and no credible evidence has been offered of vote fraud on the scale that could’ve changed the results. The supporters of former President Trump’s claims the election was stolen have had ample opportunity to present their evidence. There are sympathetic media outlets like Newsmax and OANN, or they could’ve produced something for You Tube. So far, they have presented nothing that would substantiate the claims of massive fraud.
There is a mid-term election coming up in just over 13 months. If the Republicans want to make gains in that election, they will need to demonstrate to voters how they can and will do things better than the Democrats. They won’t be able to do that if they continue to remain fixated on Donald Trump and his claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
The Arizona legislature should look at the election audits and see what actions, if any, need to be taken. As for the results of the election itself, the Republican Party and the nation needs to move on. There are simply too many pressing problems for them to remain fixated on the claims of a failed Presidential candidate.
By the way, the audit cost almost $6 million. Most of this was provided by private donors.
What about the drug cartels?
Have you, like me, wondered how all those Haitian refugees wound up under that bridge in Texas? There’s been a lot of finger-pointing, with politicians and the talking heads in the media blaming each other. However, I’m wondering if another group was involved: the Latin American drug cartels.
When I spoke with La Paz County Sheriff Will Ponce and Chief Deputy David Gray about the county being a major drug trafficking corridor, they said the cartels were behind many of the large groups of people coming across the border with Mexico. The idea is the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies are so busy dealing with and processing these large groups, they divert attention away from drug interdiction efforts.
Could the cartels have been behind the arrival of all those Haitians? If so, this was a masterpiece of diverting U.S. border officials. While the Border Patrol and other agencies were dealing with so many Haitians, they could move a lot of illegal drugs across the border.
Perhaps American politicians need to stop finger-pointing and grandstanding about the problems at the border and actually look into what the problems are and what can be done about them. They might actually get something done. That would be an improvement.