Ahead of his Saturday rally in Florence Arizona, former President Donald Trump sent a message to one of his nemesis, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
“Rumors are that Doug Ducey, the weak RINO Governor from Arizona, is being pushed by Old Crow Mitch McConnell to run for the U.S. Senate,” Trump said in a statement tweeted out by spokesperson Liz Harrington. “He will never have my endorsement or the support of MAGA Nation!”
Trump was referring to a report, first published in the Arizona Daily Independent, that Ducey was considering entering the 2022 U.S. Senate Republican Party Primary.
Trump was likely specifically referring to a report in Politico, Top Trump nemesis might join GOP Senate primary, published on Thursday. Ducey’s final State of the State address on Monday left the “Arizona State Capitol Complex abuzz after the governor used the speech to repeatedly criticize the federal government,” Nathan Allison reported in Politico. “His address included six mentions of Washington, D.C., along with sustained attacks on President Joe Biden and his administration — the kind of broadsides more likely to come from a candidate for federal office than a governor outlining his final state legislative agenda.”
After his State of the State address, Ducey called for a meeting of most of Arizona’s Republican sheriffs to discuss federal legislation he is proposing to address the border crisis, a crisis that his potential opponent, first-term Democrat Senator Mark Kelly has ignored. The meeting made for a great photo op for Ducey, who is termed-out-of-office.
Trump holds Ducey responsible for what he believes was a “rigged election.”
President Donald J. Trump:
“Look forward to seeing everyone in Arizona tomorrow! Many topics will be discussed including the Rigged Presidential Election of 2020, the fake Big Lie, the corrupt LameStream Media, the Afghanistan disaster, Inflation, the sudden lack of… pic.twitter.com/ETeaLDva5e
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 14, 2022
Since Trump’s 2016 victory in Arizona, the state turned a deeper shade of purple and heading into the 2020 General Election, Trump was behind in nearly ever Arizona poll. Still, with a botched election process in Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest metropolitan area that accounts for almost 60% of the statewide vote, and a long history as a “red state,” a large majority of Republicans and a sizeable segment of Independents and Democrats believe the election results may not have accurately reflected the will of the voters.
An attempt to audit the Maricopa County election by the Arizona Senate was largely thwarted by amateur auditors and an obstructionist County Board of Supervisors.