Last Updated on November 12, 2020
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is tasked with heading up the battleground state’s election and vote counting process, railed against President Trump and his supporters in a recently resurfaced tweet.
In the tweet, originally posted in 2017, Hobbs took things a step further than failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s infamous “deplorables” comment as she labeled roughly half of American voters as “neo-Nazis.”
“[Donald Trump] has made it abundantly clear that he’s more interested in pandering to his neo-Nazi base than being POTUS for all Americans,” she tweeted.
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 15, 2017
The Tweet seemed to go mostly unnoticed at the time, making a resurgence only recently as the eyes of the political world hone in on Arizona, where a Presidential Election recount seems almost imminent.
“Anyone think we could possibly get a fair shake in front of this activist???” questioned Donald Trump Jr., who retweeted a screenshot of the post to his account.
Anyone think we could possibly get a fair shake in front of this activist??? https://t.co/mEzsoIQPeH
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 12, 2020
As previously reported by National File, allegations of election fraud and tampering meant to swing the results in Joe Biden’s favor are abound in Arizona.
On Election Day, voters in heavily Republican areas of Maricopa County reported being issued Sharpies – as opposed to ball point pens – by poll workers, despite guidelines from election officials who say that the use of Sharpies leads to the spoiling of paper ballots. According to the voters, on-site voting machines rejected the ballots en masse, and they were barred from correcting the problem with proper ink pens by poll workers.
Days later, several ballot printers and voting machines were found abandoned in a Maricopa County strip mall.
In recent days, the President of Arizona’s State Senate, Karen Fann, called on Hobbs’ office to authorize an independent review of the state’s voting machines. A call that Hobbs immediately shot down.
“It is patently unreasonable to suggest that, despite there being zero credible evidence of any impropriety or widespread irregularities, election officials nonetheless have a responsibility to prove a negative,” Hobbs wrote in response.