As you likely figured out from that statement, Finchem supports the “Big Lie” — the debunked notion that the 2020 election was somehow stolen from Trump. But Finchem does a LOT more than support the Big Lie.
And Finchem has been one of the loudest advocates for the somehow still-ongoing audit of ballots in Maricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix. In fact, Finchem even found a way to profit off the deeply flawed audit, selling T-shirts that read “#ProveIt.”
And Finchem’s quackery goes well beyond the Big Lie and its Arizona tendrils.
“We’ve got a serious problem in this nation. There’s a lot of people involved in a pedophile network in the distribution of children … And, unfortunately, there’s a whole lot of elected officials that are involved in that.”
This, yes, this is the person that the former president of the United States thinks should be in charge of elections in Arizona. This is the man Trump called, on Monday, a ” true warrior” and a “patriot,” which tells you everything you need to know about how warped the former President’s reality actually is.
If the idea of someone with Finchem’s conspiracy driven beliefs being in charge of a critical swing state’s election process, you aren’t paying attention. This is how confidence in American elections erodes. And if and when that happens, we will be in a country that is literally unrecognizable.