Tweets from the Arizona Republican Party calling on people to lay down their lives in support of President Trump’s attempts to challenge the 2020 election sparked backlash on Tuesday.
Twitter @AZGOP retweeted a message from Ali Akbar, a national organizer for “Stop the Steal”, saying: “I am ready to give my life for this fight.”
“He is. Are you?” The party, led by President Kelli Ward, wrote.
The account also shared a clip of Rambo in a now deleted tweet with the caption: “This is what we do, who we are.” Live for nothing or die for something. “
A party spokesperson said in a statement to National review that he “condemns all forms of violence in the strongest terms. Scenes from fictional films should be evaluated in their context. “
In November, during the certification of the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the state, the party tweeted: “DO NOT CERTIFY A FALSE ELECTION!”
Ward is still trying to challenge the certification in court, though no evidence has ever been available to support the president’s claims that the 2020 general election was rigged or plagued by widespread voter fraud.
Maricopa County, Arizona, the largest county in the United States that President Trump won in 2016, certified the 2020 results showing 2,089,563 ballots were counted, for a turnout of 80.51 % of registered voters in the county. Biden received 1,040,774 votes and Trump received 995,665 votes.
In contrast, in 2016, Trump carried the county, which was a Republican stronghold for decades, with 747,361 votes against the 702,907 votes of opponent Hillary Clinton.