Rusty Bowers rips GOP ‘fascism’ and Trump’s heavy-handed voting tactics

Ousted Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers has called efforts by Donald Trump and his supporters to nullify the 2020 presidential election ‘fascism’ – and is stunned that it was his Republican Party that declared war to the US Constitution, he told the Guardian in an interview.

“The thought that if you don’t do what we love, then we’ll just get rid of you and carry on, and do it ourselves – to me, that’s fascism,” Bowers said in the interview published Sunday.

“The constitution is hanging by a thread,” Bowers warned.

“The funny thing is, I always thought it would be the other guys. And that’s my side. It breaks my heart: that we would be the people who would give up the constitution to win an election. blows me away.

Bowers lost his Republican primary race for a state Senate seat earlier this month in targeted retaliation for his refusal to cooperate with Trump and the former president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani in an attempt to throw out the votes of the Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden in a bid to reverse the result. of the 2020 election.

Bowers’ opponent David Farnsworth, who was endorsed by Trump, has not only baselessly insisted that Trump’s lost election was rigged, but that it was ripped off by the ‘devil himself’ .

Bowers, a lifelong Republican who served in the Arizona House for 17 years, was one of the most compelling witnesses earlier this summer in a hearing before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol.

He recounted a high-pressure campaign from Trump and Giuliani, who pushed him in a tense phone call to arbitrarily reject statewide electoral votes for Joe Biden.

Giuliani insisted to Bowers that “200,000 illegal immigrants” and more than 5,000 “dead people” voted in the state, Bowers testified. Bowers said he told Giuliani “several times” that he needed evidence and that Giuliani promised to provide it. But Bowers testified that he never received any evidence, not a single name from a fraudulent vote, he testified.

“We have a lot of theories but we don’t have the evidence,” Giuliani admitted later, Bowers said.

“There was no ― no evidence presented of any force…that would say to me, ‘You have a doubt. Renounce your oath. I won’t do that,” Bowers said of the men’s cheating allegations.

Bowers testified that it is a “principle” of his Mormon faith that the Constitution is “divinely inspired, one of my most fundamental core beliefs,” he added. “So for me to do this because someone just asked me to is alien to my very being.”

He told the Guardian he was thinking at the time, “Wait, wait, wait…you’re asking me to overturn the vote of the people of Arizona?”

Not only did the fourth-generation Arizonan find no evidence of fraud during his examination of voting in the state, he said he was not surprised Trump lost the election — albeit by only 10,000 votes in Arizona – he told the Guardian.

“We were very aware that a demographic group of women, 18 to 40 [year old]college graduates, professionals, with young children were not voting for Donald Trump,” he told the Guardian.

Bowers voted for Trump in 2020 and campaigned for him. But now he sees Trump supporters’ embrace of conspiracy theories and bullying tactics as a “prep game” for what was to come.

Bowers is shaken but does not regret the stance he has taken, he told the Guardian.

The GOP is now a party that “has no thought.” Everything is emotional, everything is revenge. It’s all anger. That’s all, he said.

“The veneer of civilization is so thin,” he told the newspaper, bringing his thumb and index finger together. “It still exists ― I haven’t been hanged yet.” But Holy Moly, it’s just crazy. The place has lost its mind.

Read the full Guardian interview with Bowers here.


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