On the evening of May 15, Trump published a statement on his personal website “From the Trump Desk” criticizing the Arizona election irregularities, and the site was down for at least an hour before it was restored. It is unclear what caused the site to go down.
According to several conservative media outlets, 25 percent of the votes in Maricopa County, Arizona, have now been re-audited. Conservatives say numerous irregularities were found, but the audit has not yet released any proof ahead of time without completion.
On his personal website, Trump said, “The entire database for Maricopa County, Arizona has been deleted! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, which led the audit, is armed.” He also noted, “In addition, the seals on the boxes containing the ballots were torn and the ballots were lost, or worse.”
Trump said, “Many radical leftist Democrats and weak Republicans are very concerned about the facts being exposed. The deletion of Maricopa County’s entire database and important election documents is unprecedented” and that “the story will only get bigger and one day the weak and corrupt media will not be able to cover it up. Thank you OANN and other brave American patriots. It’s all happening fast!”
And then its website was completely down for several hours. So far, Trump remains committed to demanding an investigation into the integrity of the 2020 election and hopes to help Republicans win both houses of Congress in 2022.
Screenshot of Trump’s website down alert
On March 31 of this year, the Arizona Senate announced that it had hired four firms to recount 2.1 million votes in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, and that cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas would lead the audit. Democrats denounced the moves as coming from inexperienced vote counters with unreliable results.
On April 23, Arizona officially launched a comprehensive forensic audit of nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 general election.
Maricopa County ballot auditors told conservative media that they found “significant discrepancies” between the number of ballots and the batch reports in the boxes, and that auditors have reported 5-15 percent discrepancies in many boxes. But the final results have not been made public.
The Maricopa County audit is currently stalled due to the expiration of the venue.
The Arizona Senate has asked Maricopa County officials to appear before the state legislature next Tuesday to answer the “serious questions” they have found.