by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 24, 2021) — “There’s no way they win elections without cheating,” 45th President of the United States told a Turning Point USA “Student Action” crowd in Phoenix, AZ in a speech beginning at approximately 6:55 p.m. EDT.
Live streaming of the event, titled, “Rally to Protect our Elections,” is being provided by several outlets, including Trump’s “Save America” organization.
Of the Maricopa County, AZ forensic audit of the November 3, 2020 presidential election, Trump said he believes “the results will be outrageous” and cause Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann, who has supported the audit from its inception last year, to “go three steps further than she’s already gone.”
Hundreds, if not thousands, of attendees waited for nearly 12 hours to hear Trump speak as demonstrated by a citizen journalist filming long lines of people outside the venue at 7:15 a.m. local time.
Trump went on to personally thank members of the Arizona Senate, including Sonny Borelli, Kelly Townsend and Wendy Rogers, for their work on the audit. He also thanked Arizona GOP chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward.
Rogers has said she has “seen enough” for the legislature to recall its electors who cast their votes for Democrat Joe Biden on December 14.
“We’re waiting for results, but you knew the answer,” Trump said at 7:03, in an apparent reference to Arizona’s reported results showing Biden having won the state’s electoral votes by fewer than 11,000 ballots.
At 7:07, he called “the 2020 election” “the most corrupt,” while interrupted by cheering. He said he has told “good Republicans” that there “will be no future” if election fraud cannot be eliminated.
He mentioned gas prices, inflation, the unsecure southern border and how “the country is being destroyed” as a result of the election and installation of Biden in the White House.
“The facts are coming out; the crime of the century is being fully exposed,” he continued to cheers and clapping.
He stressed rising crime in Democrat-run cities such as Chicago and New York, including a record number of homicides. He faulted the media for reporting his claim of having won the election as lacking evidence. “‘The big lie, they call it,” he said. “You know what’s the ‘big lie?’ It’s the opposite. The opposite was the big lie.”
“If I lost this election, I could handle it pretty easily,” he said, “but we won this election, and we have to fight.”
At 7:35, he enumerated accusations made by Republican state senators against the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors regarding lack of cooperation in turning over routers, passwords and other subpoenaed election-related materials.
“The citizens of America deserve answers,” he said, contending that the election-fraud problem is “much worse” in Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta and other cities. He said Republican election-observers were “threatened by thugs” and prohibited from watching the counting.
At 7:41, Trump said, “I only wish my good friend, Mike Pence, had sent the results back to the legislatures,” in a reference to the counting of the electoral votes on January 6.
His comment elicited boos from the crowd.
He claimed the Democrats schemed for “four years” to “steal the election” and that “the time is right now in Arizona” to fix the problem.