Arizona certified its presidential election results Monday as Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in the state outlining a conspiracy involving foreign powers, Democrats and voting machines that he said made the election ‘illegitimate.’
Arizona secretary of state State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, provided the certification, which also got a sign-off from the state’s Republican governor, Governor Doug Ducey.
All of the state’s 11 electoral votes will go to President-elect Joe Biden, who secured 306 electoral votes to President Trump’s 232.
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani called revisited his allegations of a conspiracy calling the election ‘illegitimate’ as Arizona certified its vote for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden
The news, yet another blow for the president’s legal strategy seeking to overturn the vote in states that voted for Biden, came as Trump railed against ‘corruption’ in the state.
The certification closing off yet another pathway for Trump came as his lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis appeared at another hearing-style event to make their case for widespread election fraud.
As at one last week in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the event was an unofficial hearing in a hotel lobby featuring only Republican lawmakers without witnesses being put under oath.
Giuliani repeated many of his earlier allegations, throwing in a few new details, such as a reference to Hunter Biden’s laptop, the focus of his pre-election corruption charges that has virtually vanished following the Nov. 3 election.
Giuliani revisited allegations at a recent presser at the RNC
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey bump elbows as they meet to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Phoenix
‘I call this the McCarthy era on steroids,’ Giuliani said, noting that lawyers from a prominent firm quit Trump’s legal team after facing pressure.
‘I think the pandemic released the tendencies of left-wing socialist leaning socialist governors, congressmen, senators,’ he said immediately afterward.
‘It began with the revelation of the hard drive that proves substantial major crimes on behalf of the Biden’s family,’ Giuliani said, referencing Hunter’s laptop, which he provided to media outlets weeks before Election Day.
‘This election was the subject of a conspiracy that goes back before the election,’ he said.
Once again, witnesses organized by Giuliani put forward unsupported claims about Dominion Voting Systems machines, including a claim tying allegations of election fraud to the Hugo Chavez regime in Venezuela. Chavez is diseased.
Giuliani claimed it was ‘hatched by the crooked leaders of the Democratic party’ and said: ‘We have an illegitimate election.’
‘In probably at least 100,000 situations Maricopa,’ he said of the populous Arizona County.
‘The key fraud is the mail-in ballot. That was the backup in case they fell too far behind,’ he said.
Speaking in state on the southern border, Giuliani introduced a new element of the conspiracy: illegal immigrant voters.
‘Let’s say there are 5 million illegal aliens in Arizona. It is beyond credulity that a few hundred thousand didn’t vote,’ he said.
President Trump promoted the event online, tagging his new favorite network One America News, which provided wall-to-wall coverage.
‘@OANN WOW, total election corruption in Arizona. Hearing on now! Why isn’t @FoxNews covering the Arizona hearings?’ he tweeted.
At the all-Republican hearing-style event, Giuliani questioned retired Army Col. Phil Waldron, who also was featured at the Pennsylvania event.
He claimed a ‘1.9 million vote fraud potential’ based on a Maricopa County official saying some ballot signatures were not verified.
It was one of several times when officials hedged their claims, such as when Giulini said there were ‘probably at least 100,000 situations Maricopa’ County.