Last Updated on February 2, 2021
“Conservative” commentator Ben Shapiro has attacked Kelli Ward and the AZGOP for daring to censure the “excellent” governor of their state, Doug Ducey.
Governor Ducey was censured by the Arizona GOP, along with former Senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of late Senator John McCain, at the party’s annual State Committee meeting, for their anti-America First actions and comments. At the same meeting, Dr Kelli Ward, the strong ally to President Trump, was re-elected, in a clear repudiation of the establishment wing of the Republican Party.
Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire wasn’t happy with the censuring of Ducey, who he described on his podcast as “the excellent Governor of Arizona.” Shapiro claimed that the censuring was done for “no reason at all,” and only because Ward ran the party, in a move he slammed as “foolish”:
The state Republican Party has been on Twitter signalling loyalty to the idea that Trump won the election over and over, that there was fraud in the state of Arizona, which I don’t believe was even alleged by the Trump campaign, and then they tried to censure Ducey for not going along with attempts to overturn the election results…
By the way, note to Arizona Republicans, if you want to make that state blue, please continue doing what you’re doing. If you would like the state to remain red, you need to stop going along with the people who are the fringest of the fringe. Passion does not mean strategic acumen. Ducey happens to be an excellent Republican Governor of a purple state. If you don’t want that state to go blue, maybe you should listen to the guy who can actually win statewide.
Shapiro’s claim that the election integrity is a matter for only the “fringest of the fringe” does not seem to match up with the actions of the Arizona State Senate’s Judiciary Committee, who found enough reason to issue subpoenas against the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for their Dominion voting machines and software in order to perform a full forensic audit of the county.
Governor Ducey had refused to heed the call of Arizona legislators and the state party to call an early start to the legislative session, in order to give the state legislators time before the reading of the Electoral College votes on January 6th to properly assess any evidence that would arise from the subpoenas.