An Arizona bill designed to allow state lawmakers to reject election results has died in the state legislature. When the bill was sunk, Republican Rep. John Fillmore compared the move to a "lynching," AZ Family reports.
House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) sent the bill to all 12 standing House committees, sealing its fate. Bowers “does things like he’s God,” Fillmore said, after saying the bill's demise was akin to a “12-committee lynching,” according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Rep. Reginald Bolding, the top Democrat in the House, praised the Republican speaker for halting the bill while slamming Fillmore for comparing it to a lynching.
Rolling Stone says Fillmore is a "2020 truther" -- meaning he promotes conspiracy theories that claim the 2020 election was "stolen" from Donald Trump due to mass voter fraud.
“I don’t care what the press says. I don’t trust ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox or anybody out there,” Fillmore said at a committee hearing least week. “Everybody’s lying to me, and I feel like I have a couple hundred ex-wives hanging around me.”
From Rolling Stone: "Fillmore’s bill would enable the legislature to 'accept or reject' the results of primary and general elections. It would also severely curtail ballot access by eliminating early voting and voting by mail — practices that aided turnout in highly populated, Democrat-friendly areas. 'We should have voting — in my opinion — in person, one day, on paper, with no electronic means and hand counting that day. We need to get back to 1958-style voting,' Fillmore said at the hearing."
Read the full article over at Rolling Stone.