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Maricopa County Officials Respond To Trump’s Newest “Unhinged, Readlily Falsifiable” Election Lies

Election lies spread by former president Donald Trump and others are forcing a public response from officials in Maricopa County. County Recorder Stephen Richer has referred to a Trump statement about the election data as “unhinged” and “readily falsifiable,” and the Board of Supervisors is planning a public meeting to refute false statements from multiple sources.

[Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images]

On Saturday, Trump released a long statement on his personal blog, spreading several claims about the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona. “The entire database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been deleted!” the ex-president began.

It’s not true, though.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer responded to this on Twitter, referring to it as a “plain-as-day lie” and asking for help calling it out from Arizona Republican Leo Biasiucci.

Biasiucci showed no signs of interest in helping stop the disinformation, though, and instead issued a taunt on his Twitter page, directing voters to Richer, but still encouraging the questioning of the election.

Meanwhile, the Maricopa County official page has been using the hashtag “#RealAuditorsDont” to shoot down misinformation and disinformation from, in particular, the Arizona County Audit page. Their tweets include a screenshot of disinformation or untrustworthy behavior (such as name-calling elected officials) from the Arizona Audit account, and a text explanation of why it’s not good information.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers released a statement on Saturday, saying that the lies have gone too far, and that they’re dangerous and irresponsible. He demanded retractions, and promised a public meeting on Monday to get the facts to the public.

“I know you have all grown weary of the lies and half-truths six months after the 2020 General Election. Our Board is tired of it too – especially when those lies turn into threats directed at us and County employees who are public servants doing their job.”

[Screenshot via Maricopa County Supervisor Jack Sellers]


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