Secretary of State hopeful and Arizona state Sen. Michelle Ugenti was booed off stage at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" in Phoenix on Saturday.
"Whoaa. GOP Secretary of State candidate Michelle Ugenti is booed off stage at TPUSA rally for Trump. She opposed GOP lawmaker's wish list for election changes," KPNX-TV reporter Brahm Resnik reported. "FYI Trump base crowd was primed to boo Michelle Ugenti. Wasn't anything she said. Boos rained all over room from start till she bailed out."
Ugenti responded on Twitter following Donald Trump's speech.
"I've been on the frontlines of the battle for election integrity for the last 10 years," Ugenti argued. "What I won't do is vote for "show" legislation that does nothing to strengthen election integrity and introduced for self serving reasons."
"Our election system is under constant assault by the left, and I won't support bills that fail to strengthen our election system. The same holds true for the audit. I supported the audit, but I do not support the Trump audit any longer," she wrote.
"Sadly, it's now become clear that the audit has been botched. The total lack of competence by [Republican Senate President Karen Fann] over the last 5 months has deprived the voters of Arizona a comprehensive accounting of the 2020 election," she wrote.
Resnik doubted the approach would work.
"What's that saying about throwing away the shovel when you're in a hole? Don't think crowd that booed [Michelle Ugenti] off Trump rally stage wants to hear part about 'botched' audit," he wrote.
What’s that saying about throwing away the shovel when you’re in a hole? Don’t think crowd that booed… https://t.co/XoDpztkUAT— Brahm Resnik (@Brahm Resnik) 1627178421.0
Arizona state Senator & Secretary of State candidate Michelle Ugenti-Rita booed Trump rally 7/24/21 www.youtube.com
Read the full thread:
I’ve been on the frontlines of the battle for election integrity for the last 10 years. I wrote the law banning bal… https://t.co/3yEjGQwReh— Michelle Ugenti-RITA (@Michelle Ugenti-RITA) 1627177657.0
There’s too much at stake. Our election system is under constant assault by the left, and I won’t support bills tha… https://t.co/FHCO7dKKBU— Michelle Ugenti-RITA (@Michelle Ugenti-RITA) 1627177657.0
accounting of the 2020 election. That’s inexcusable, but it shows what can happen when Republicans do not take elec… https://t.co/SzapQuLbjn— Michelle Ugenti-RITA (@Michelle Ugenti-RITA) 1627177658.0
During a longwinded speech in Arizona on Saturday, Trump lashed out at the "RINOs" — or "Republicans in Name Only" — who he believes are "worse than Democrats."
That message has been spreading throughout the country and was reportedly on full display at the Muskegon County GOP BBQ bash in Michigan earlier on Saturday.
"The smell of BBQ food filled Krause Park in Muskegon Saturday afternoon, but none of the food was for 'RINOs,' according to signs posted at the local Republican party event," Fox 17 reports.
"Those literal signs are among other things showing the former president's continuing influence on local Republicans, who at the Muskegon County GOP BBQ bash Saturday echoed concerns that the 2020 election was in some way 'stolen' from Trump, despite a Republican state senate report that found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Michigan," correspondent Aaron Parseghian explained. "The Muskegon County Republican Party says they hope to turn the longtime blue county, red in 2022; something President Trump fell just short of doing last November."
There might be a problem with that approach, CNN correspondent Kyung Lah noted while covering Trump's speech.
"Trump says some AZ GOPers are 'worse than Democrats' and will be defeated in the primaries. That's 100% possible. But here's what he isn't saying: will AZ independents, who make up 1/3 of voters in the GENERAL election, support those Trump-backed candidates in this purpling state?" she wondered.
NEW- The smell of BBQ food filled Krause Park in Muskegon Saturday afternoon, but none of the food was for “RINOs,”… https://t.co/dyKJjvdTO1— Aaron Parseghian (@Aaron Parseghian) 1627173614.0
Trump whines for over 100 minutes at Arizona grievance festival — here are the 7 most absurd moments
Donald Trump spoke for over 100 minutes during a long-winded speech at a "Rally to Protection Our Elections" in Phoenix.
Much of Trump's speech was focused on repeating his debunked lies that he won the 2020 presidential election, when in reality he was defeated by Joe Biden.
But he also found time to bash much of America while praising the local extremists behind Arizona's audit of the vote in Maricopa County and listing his many perceived grievances.
Trump attacked Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), all the Republicans who are "worse than Democrats," Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), soccer's United States Women's National Team, and said his supporters have to "fight" against everyone who said he lost the election with language that echoed his speech that preceded the January 6th insurrection.
Trump said the exact same thing to the insurrectionists! And after hearing this, domestic terrorists immediately tu… https://t.co/uzue4keSoy— Erin Maye Quade (@Erin Maye Quade) 1627170699.0
Much of the speech was just bizarre due to the combination of Trump brazenly lying about things that happened while also pontificating on the delusions that populate right-wing media.
Here are the seven most ridiculous moments from the speech.
7. Trump is so out-of-touch you thinks Americans must show their papers to purchase groceries
Despite being ridiculed when Trump spoke of this delusion in the past, Trump falsely claimed Americans need to show identification to purchase groceries as he pushed voter I.D. laws.
Trump still thinks you need an ID to buy groceries pic.twitter.com/CDwXlSRmCb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 25, 2021
6. Trump imagined what he would do if he were Native American
Trump complained about the Cleveland Guardians baseball team and praised the racist logo the team retired. "If I was an Indian, I'd sue. Sue them Indians," he said.
Trump on the Cleveland Indians name change: "If I was an Indian, I’d sue. Sue them Indians." https://t.co/Joe2mf60gC— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1627173620.0
5. Trump argues America is becoming a communist country
"Like it or not, we are becoming a communist country. That's what's happening, that's what's happening," Trump said without providing any evidence. "We are beyond socialism."
Trump says "Like it or not, we are becoming a Communist country" and calls the Green New Deal "Green New Bulls---."… https://t.co/JPDy2o0IBb— Newsmax (@Newsmax) 1627171558.0
4. Trump explains how it hurts Republicans at the polls when his supporters believe his election lies
Trump repeatedly mentioned during his speech his belief that when his supporters believe his false claims of election fraud, it makes them less likely to turn out to vote. Trump said this is how Republicans lost control of the U.S. Senate.
Trump threatens that if Republicans don't amplify his (false) claims about election fraud, Republican voters won't want to vote for Republican candidates in future elections pic.twitter.com/PnL8e0xo6w
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021
3. Trump explains how a politician repeating lies creates disinformation
During a speech that will keep fact-checkers busy, Trump explained disinformation in a way that seems to perfectly describe why he traveled to Arizona to repeat his "Big Lie" about election fraud.
He’s giving away his secret. Trump has done this for getting on six decades. https://t.co/fEIWkjskhX— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1627173131.0
2. Trump describes his unconstitutional fantasy of being reinstated as president
Trump suggests he'll be returned to office following state-level audits of the 2020 election (he won't be returned to office) pic.twitter.com/K2hOpfvqr9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021
1. Trump gaslights America by lying about his attacks on democracy and voters
Of the many lies Trump told, one of the most absurd had to be his claim that, "I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy."
TRUMP: "I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy." https://t.co/alCmrZHZ3t— Benny (@Benny) 1627171476.0
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