Former President Donald Trump delivered a rousing speech before a raucous crowd in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday evening in comments that were not only critical of Democrats, as expected, but also contained a warning.
Speaking at an event hosted by Turning Point USA called the “Rally for Election Integrity,” the former president championed the GOP-led Arizona Senate for conducting its still-ongoing audit of some 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County during the 2020 election cycle but also took aim at GOP Gov. Doug Ducey.
He began by praising the “brave and unyielding conservative warriors in the Arizona State Senate” for moving ahead with an audit as he recognized several state GOP senators who were in attendance. In particular, Trump thanked Senate President Karen Fann (R) for her oversight of the audit that began in December.
At one point, Trump said former U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other officials in his administration of becoming “weak,” “ineffective” and “frightened” before claiming the country was moving towards Communism.
“Like it or not we are becoming a Communist country, that’s what’s happening,” Trump said to boos from the crowd. “We are beyond socialism.”
“You know, when you have no press…that you can talk to, that’s how a Communist begins. They have no press,” he said. “We find things in Arizona” — a likely reference to a few previous reports of election discrepancies found during the ballot audit — “and other than a couple of great networks, we have no press. We have no voice.”
Former President Trump: "Like it or not, we are becoming a communist country… we are beyond socialism." pic.twitter.com/U4SX1R7GYp
— The Hill (@thehill) July 25, 2021
After quipping that he personally has a voice because he gets “great ratings,” the 45th president added: “If the Democrats get some of the things they currently want passed, including the ‘Election of Corrupt Politicians Act,’ and infrastructure which isn’t infrastructure, it will get even worse.”
“What they’re asking for is incredible…the Green New Deal, it’s going to destroy our country,” he said.
He also railed at Democrats now leading the country while bluntly suggesting that President Joe Biden isn’t in charge of his own administration.
“Joe Biden and the radical Democrats are wrecking our nation,” Trump said. “I don’t even believe it’s him. I don’t think Joe knows where the hell he is.”
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) July 24, 2021
Also, as he has done in the past, Trump lamented that Vice President Mike Pence counted all electoral votes instead of sending some of them back to states where changes in voting rules prior to the election were being disputed.
“I only wish that my friend Mike Pence had that additional courage to send the results back to the legislatures because it all happened so quickly,” Trump said.
They schemed in this plan for four years,” he said. “It all happened so quickly.”
"The Radical Left Democrat Communist Party rigged and stole the 2020 election. The time to act is not in 2022, or in 2024, the time is right now here in Arizona. We don't have the luxury to sit back and wait for the next election" 💯💯💯
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 24, 2021
“When you have more votes in some places by a lot than you have voters, I think Mike would have had the right to say, ‘Excuse me, we have more votes than we have voters, so would you take a look at it?’ I wish he did that,” said Trump.
At another point, Trump used some profanity to make a point about the ongoing audit and why he believes Democrats have been so against it.
“They don’t want you looking at the election because they say, ‘Holy sh*t, they caught us, they caught us!'” Trump quipped.
Earlier, the former president, who lost Arizona by about 11,000 votes, mentioned that a number of Republican senators were in the crowd as he heaped praise on the state’s GOP chairwoman, Kelli Ward, whom he called a “real fighter” before taking a shot at Ducey.
“Republican Party Chairwoman — somebody that has tremendous courage,” Trump said. “She’s really a fighter and she fights your governor who doesn’t do a damn thing.”
He also repeated his earlier claims of a stolen election, calling it the “greatest crime.” And he held out hope that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate next year, would take the “findings” of the audit and “do what everyone knows has to be done.”
“They say, ‘Run in 2024, sir. You’re gonna win,'” Trump said of his advisers. “And I say wait a minute, I just won six months ago.”
“We have to hold those that are responsible for the 2020 election scam. It was a scam. Greatest crime in history,” Trump said. “If he doesn’t do that, It would be so sad. And your governor Doug Ducey he will be of no help to you.”
At another point, the mother of Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed Jan. 6 protester who was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer as she attempted to crawl through the broken window of a door leading to the House chamber, received a standing ovation from the crowd, according to Human Rights senior editor Jack Posobiec.
Standing ovation for the mother of Ashli Babbitt here in Arizona pic.twitter.com/koETCwGNoa
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 24, 2021
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