We knew this was coming …
Arizona Republicans passed resolutions on Saturday to censure three of the state’s most prominent party leaders who have found themselves at odds with former President Donald Trump: Gov. Doug Ducey; former Sen. Jeff Flake; and Cindy McCain, widow of the longtime Sen. John McCain.
The sweeping — yet essentially symbolic — rebuke took place during a meeting to figure out how to move forward after the state flipped blue in November, narrowly giving its 11 electoral votes to now President Joe Biden.
Really? This censure is moving forward? Remember that these people practice Orwellian double-speak.
State Republicans also reelected party chair Kelli Ward, an unwavering Trump supporter who had challenged the state’s election results in a lawsuit that was rejected for insufficient evidence of fraud.
And then there are these guys - the January 6 bunch.
Rep. Paul Gosar spent much of his time arguing that various voting machines used in the November elections were susceptible to hacking. Gosar was one of the Republicans who challenged the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6, moments before the U.S. Capitol was breached and overrun by Trump supporters.
“We will not cede the battlefield to Marxist totalitarians who want to destroy this country,” Rep. Andy Biggs told the mostly maskless crowd, which responded with raucous applause.
Both Gosar and Biggs have been criticized by liberal groups for their role in allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.
In response to the censure, Gov. Ducey’s political director Sara Mueller said in a statement, “These resolutions are of no consequence whatsoever, and the people behind them have lost whatever little moral authority they may have once had.”
Likewise, McCain was unfazed by the vote.
“It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well … and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’ll wear this as a badge of honor.”
Thanks to our roving Editor-at-Large, Sherry.