by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 18, 2022) — On Monday evening, spokeswoman for Donald J. Trump’s “Save America” organization Liz Harrington tweeted a message from the former president suggesting he will not endorse Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate against at least eight other primary contenders.

The primary winner will face Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly in November.

As with all of his public statements issued under the “Save America” banner, Trump’s statement 0n Brnovich also appears on Gab.com. As the 2022 midterm election primary season has approached, Trump has announced endorsements of congressional, gubernatorial and attorney-general candidates.

In Arizona’s upcoming governor contest, Trump endorsed former journalist Kari Lake.

Claiming he would have won re-election were it not for massive fraud in six key states, including Arizona, Trump continues to refer to the 2020 contest as “rigged and stolen.”

“Attorney General Brnovich of Arizona was given massive information on the fraud and so-called ‘irregularities’ that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump wrote in Monday’s statement. “Many people said that he would do nothing about it because that just seems to be the way he is. I felt differently because the numbers and sheer amount of crime committed is so compelling, irrefutable, and determinative — the election result would have been entirely different.”

On page 2, Trump referred to a 12-page report Brnovich produced in response to a request for an investigation from Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann, who spearheaded an election audit in Maricopa County completed last September which found evidence of fraud.

In an hourslong public hearing, a number of analysts engaged to conduct various aspects of the audit indicated that they found, collectively, tens of thousands of Maricopa County ballots to be questionable. The statewide difference in votes between Joe Biden, who currently occupies the White House, and Trump was reported as 10,457.

In late September, Trump appeared to view Brnovich favorably in light of the results of the audit, telling supporters at a Georgia rally, “Hopefully the Arizona attorney general, a good man, will do far more for his state than your attorney general has done for your state because your attorney general has not done what he’s supposed to be doing. What he’s supposed to be doing is free and clear and non-corrupt elections. They’re not doing that. We must elect strong, brave America first leaders who will be true champions for the people and for free, fair and honest elections.”

In March 2021, Brnovich’s office defended two election-related laws passed by the Arizona legislature at the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld both, reversing a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In his 12-page April 6 “interim” report to Fann, Brnovich stated that his office found “serious vulnerabilities that must be addressed and raises questions about the 2020 election in Arizona.”

Those conclusions appear to contradict mainstream news reports claiming Brnovich uncovered “no evidence of mass fraud in Maricopa County 2020 election results.”

Although Brnovich reported that chain-of-custody procedures were violated, including by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), Arizona Republic reported, “Attorney general’s report on election in Maricopa County questions procedures, doesn’t allege wrongdoing.”

“Our review uncovered multiple violations of ballot transportation procedures,” Brnovich wrote on page 7. “Specifically, our investigation confirmed that out of 1,895 Early Voting Ballot Transportation Statements, 381 forms or 20% were missing required information. This included missing audit signatures, missing ballot count fields, missing Election Department receiver signatures, missing courier signatures and missing documentation of security seals and lack of the two required seal numbers….it is possible that somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 ballots were transported without a proper chain of custody.”

Trump’s statement on Monday faulted Brnovich for enumerating such findings “but, rather than go after the people that committed these election crimes, it looks like he is just going to ‘kick the can down the road’ and stay in that middle path of non-controversy.”

“What a shame for the Great State of Arizona, and for our Country itself!” Trump ruminated, assigning blame for the current state of the nation and world to the election results. “With an honest election, none of these things would have been a problem, they were self-inflicted wounds. The good news is Arizona has some very good people running for election to the U.S. Senate. I will be making an Endorsement in the not too distant future!”

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