The emails show involvement by numerous MAGA crew, including Mark Finchem, a candidate for secretary of State in Arizona, which is terrifying because should he win, he would oversee elections in Arizona. But equally important the emails attempted to make the case to GOP lawmakers in Arizona about how to find alleged election crimes and how to challenge the outcome.
Bill Gates, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, stood his ground following Biden’s win, much to the danger of himself and his family, who were threatened and harassed.
According to Rolling Stone, after Gates reviewed the emails he said they showed MAGA supporters and lawmakers “trying to figure out that hail-mary pass” to overturn the election. “They’re drawing up the hail-mary pass that obviously culminated on January 6,” he adds. “This is part and parcel of it.”
Gates also acknowledged that the efforts came from outside of the state.
“This is obviously people from outside, along with Trump and his lieutenants, pushing this.”
The emails are primarily crafted by a man named James P. “Phil” Waldron, a retired Army colonel, and bar owner.
Waldron appeared on a conservative Christian podcast and told the podcast hosts the usual conspiracy nonsense—cabals of evil organ snatchers, George Soros, hacked voting machines in the U.S.—blah, blah, blah.
The Jan. 6. House committee subpoenaed him, demanding information about a damning PowerPoint he crafted and then circulated on Capitol Hill and to Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff.
The infamous PowerPoint presentation explained how Republicans could overthrow the elected government of the U.S.
As reported by Daily Kos’ Mark Sumner, Waldron’s 36-slide PowerPoint presentation was made to Republicans in Congress. In response to this, Congressmembers not only texted Meadows in apparent eagerness to comply but provided their own suggestions for how events could be accelerated.
Not a single voice was raised in protest.
In the new emails, Waldron then reached out to multiple Republican Arizona lawmakers, pushing them to find evidence of fraud.
On Dec. 8, Waldon emailed Arizona state Sen. Sonny Borrelli, a Republican, telling him, “We have the capability to identify fraudulent ballots via optical scanning technology,” Waldron wrote. The gist of his plan, Waldron wrote, was this: “This will allow us to pull invalid votes out of the totals ‘By Candidate’ so that your state can certify normal elections and potentially not have to take extra legislative action.”
Sen. Borrelli forwarded the email to every Republican in the Arizona Senate, Rolling Stone reports.
Three days later, on Dec. 11, Waldron emailed three Arizona Republican lawmakers—Borrelli, Finchem, and Sen. Eddie Farnsworth, a Republican who chaired the judiciary committee—offering pages of “evidence” to use to prove the Dominion Voting Systems were creating “fraudulent” ballots or ballots that “were not cast by voters.” Despite the fact that Gates, found errors in the emails, Sen. Farnsworth decided to subpoena information about Maricopa County’s software and hardware provided by Dominion.
All of this forced the Arizona Senate to hand-count over 2 million ballots in 2020, costing millions and ultimately ensuring Biden’s victory.
But, as we’re learning more every day, despite the fact that Trump lost most of the 62 lawsuits filed in one of six states—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—the point wasn’t ever to overturn Biden’s win but to set the stage for an elaborate excuse to disenfranchise Black and brown voters.
“Trump’s ‘big lie’ has given Republicans in the states a permission framework to try to gain an advantage by changing the rules,” said Chris Sautter, a Democratic election lawyer based in Washington, DC.
“This is all about Republicans creating a more favorable playing field for them to win in ‘22 and ‘24,” Sautter told Al Jazeera.
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