Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to blame Cindy McCain, the widow of former Arizona Senator John McCain, and two prominent GOP officials who disagreed with former President Trump. Ross D. Franklin / AP Hide caption
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Arizona Republicans passed resolutions on Saturday to reprimand three of the state’s most prominent party leaders for contradicting former President Trump: Governor Doug Ducey; former Senator Jeff Flake; and Cindy McCain, widow of longtime Senator John McCain.
The sweeping – but essentially symbolic – reprimand came during a meeting to figure out how to move forward after the state flipped blue in November and President Joe Biden cast just under 11 votes.
McCain and Flake, who both endorsed Biden as presidents, have been censored for their outspoken opposition to Trump and for their support of globalist interests, so the GOP members of the state.
In convicting Ducey, the party cited the governor’s decision to issue emergency ordinances during the pandemic, which the committee said are unconstitutional and “restrict personal freedoms”.
Much of the meeting that was held at Dream City Church in Phoenix was, for the most part, a meeting pep rally for State Republicans who support the former president and his unfounded allegations of electoral fraud.
The state’s Republicans also re-elected party leader Kelli Ward, a staunch Trump supporter who challenged the state’s election results in a lawsuit rejected due to insufficient evidence of fraud.
In an interview with The Associated PressWard called herself a “Trump Republican” who “will always put America first, believing in faith, family and freedom.”
“Yes, I will be radical about these things because those are the things that make this country great,” she said.
MP David Schweikert tried to rally the Republicans so as not to be discouraged by the election results and to continue voting in future elections. Before the pandemic, conservative principles would have worked. “The poor became less poor. The prosperity spread,” he said.
“The Democrats are doing everything they can to eradicate the fact that we have delivered good things for the Americans. They delivered the darkness,” added Schweikert. “We cannot leave them. We will turn the light on them.”
MP Paul Gosar spent much of his time arguing that various voting machines used in the November election were vulnerable to hacking. Gosar was one of the Republicans who challenged the confirmation of the votes on January 6, just before the US Capitol was injured and overrun by Trump supporters.
Speakers also turned down the idea of silencing Donald Trump to stop the momentum of the 74 million Americans who voted for him. “We will not cede the battlefield to Marxist totalitarians who want to destroy this country,” said MP Andy Biggs to the mostly maskless crowd, who responded with loud applause. “You want to repeal your rights and destroy the United States Constitution. You want to take away your right to worship. You want to fight us and destroy us.”
Both Gosar and Biggs were criticized by liberal groups for their role in allegedly inciting the Capitol uprising.
In response to the criticism, Governor Ducey added political director Sara Mueller said in a statement: “These resolutions are of no consequence, and the people behind them have lost the little moral authority they once had.”
McCain was also unimpressed by the vote.
“It is a great honor to be part of a group of Arizonans who have served our state and nation so well … and who, like my late husband John, have been censored by AZGOP.” She wrote on Twitter. “I will wear this as a badge of honor.”