Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain, widow of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, and two distinguished GOP officers who’ve discovered themselves in disagreement with former President Donald Trump. Ross D. Franklin/AP conceal caption
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Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain, widow of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, and two distinguished GOP officers who’ve discovered themselves in disagreement with former President Donald Trump.
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Arizona Republicans handed resolutions on Saturday to censure three of the state’s most distinguished get together leaders who’ve discovered themselves at odds with former President Donald Trump: Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, widow of late longtime Sen. John McCain.
The sweeping — but basically symbolic — rebuke occurred throughout a gathering to determine easy methods to transfer ahead after the state flipped blue in November, narrowly giving its 11 electoral votes to now-President Biden.
McCain and Flake, each of whom endorsed Biden for president, had been censured for his or her outspoken opposition to Trump and for his or her help of globalist pursuits, based on state GOP members.
In condemning Ducey, the get together cited the governor’s choice to enact emergency orders through the coronavirus pandemic that the committee mentioned are unconstitutional and “limit private liberties.”
A lot of the assembly, held indoors at Dream Metropolis Church in Phoenix, was largely a pep rally for state Republicans who help the previous president and his baseless claims of election fraud.
State Republicans additionally reelected get together chair Kelli Ward, an unwavering Trump supporter who had challenged Arizona’s election ends in a lawsuit that was rejected for inadequate proof of fraud.
In an interview with The Related Press, Ward referred to as herself a “Trump Republican” who will “at all times put America first, who believes in religion, household and freedom.”
“Sure, I might be radical about these issues as a result of these are the issues that preserve this nation nice,” she mentioned.
Rep. David Schweikert tried to rally Republicans to cease being disheartened by the election outcomes and to proceed voting in future elections. Earlier than the pandemic hit, he mentioned, conservative ideas labored. “The poor had been getting much less poor. Prosperity was spreading,” he mentioned.
“The Democrats are doing every little thing they’ll to erase the truth that we delivered good issues for Individuals; they delivered darkness,” Schweikert added. “We can’t allow them to. We’re going to shine the sunshine on them.”
Rep. Paul Gosar spent a lot of his time arguing that varied voting machines used within the November election had been inclined to hacking. Gosar was one of many Republicans who challenged the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6, moments earlier than the U.S. Capitol was breached and overrun by Trump supporters.
Audio system additionally dismissed the concept that silencing Trump will cease the momentum of the 74 million Individuals who voted for him.
“We is not going to cede the battlefield to Marxist totalitarians who wish to destroy this nation,” Rep. Andy Biggs instructed the largely maskless crowd, which responded with raucous applause. “They wish to abrogate your rights and destroy the Structure of the USA. They wish to take away your proper to worship. They wish to battle us and destroy us.”
Each Gosar and Biggs have been criticized by liberal teams for his or her function in allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.
In response to the censure, Ducey’s political director, Sara Mueller, mentioned in a press release, “These resolutions are of no consequence in any way, and the folks behind them have misplaced no matter little ethical authority they might have as soon as had.”
Likewise, McCain was unfazed by the vote.
“It’s a excessive honor to be included in a gaggle of Arizonans who’ve served our state and our nation so effectively…and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP,” she wrote on Twitter. “I will put on this as a badge of honor.”