The Home Oversight Committee held its first listening to yesterday on Arizona Republicans’ totally bonkers election “audit,” and members heard from native GOP officers who mentioned Maricopa County carried out a “free, honest and correct election” final November — and that President Joe Biden received the state honest and sq..
The testimony and the details didn’t resonate with some members of the panel. NBC Information reported yesterday:
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., falsely claimed “we do not know” who received Arizona final November throughout a Home listening to Thursday on Republicans’ much-criticized poll assessment that agreed President Joe Biden beat Donald Trump.
It was Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland who requested Biggs, the chair of the right-wing Home Freedom Caucus, who received the presidential election in Arizona final 12 months. Biggs responded that “we do not know” as a result of there have been “a whole lot of points.”
Raskin, not surprisingly, was unimpressed. “That is the issue now we have,” the Democrat mentioned, including, “Sadly, now we have one of many nice political events which has adopted him off of the ledge of this electoral lunacy. It’s harmful for democracy. I’m glad we’re having this listening to as we speak.”
Raskin went on to inform the GOP’s many anti-election conspiracy theorists, “You can not bemoan the folks’s lack of religion in elections whilst you’re spreading info and propaganda which are eroding the folks’s religion in elections.”
A part of what’s so discouraging about Biggs’ unusual posture is that his questions have clearly been answered. There was an official depend of Arizona’s ballots, and so they confirmed Biden profitable the state (simply as he was anticipated to in pre-election polling). Then there was an official recount, which additionally confirmed Biden profitable the state. Then there was an impartial audit, which discovered actually nothing untoward within the state’s balloting.
Then there was a not-at-all-independent audit, created by GOP state legislators, which concluded that Biden received by a barely bigger margin than beforehand reported.
And but, there was Andy Biggs — who presumably accepts the outcomes of his personal Arizona election — insisting that “we do not know” who received the state, although “we” know completely effectively what the outcomes reveals.
However the issue will not be restricted to Republicans’ ongoing resistance to actuality. NBC Information’ Benjy Sarlin famous yesterday that “we do not know” is the “likeliest mechanism for a way you’ll steal an election” in 2024.
I feel that is precisely proper. There isn’t any scarcity of radical GOP voices operating round, pretending that Donald Trump received the election he misplaced. However “we do not know” is definitely a extra pernicious line: It opens the door to anti-election voices arguing, “The official tally reveals one final result, however since there are doubts and obvious irregularities, we’re higher off letting state elected officers make the ultimate name as to who truly received. And as luck would have it, my state’s elected officers simply occur to be Republicans so….”
The purpose is to create doubt the place none ought to exist, and leverage manufactured skepticism to nullify election outcomes the GOP would not like.