Throughout a rally in Arizona final month, Trump ad-libbed a diatribe about Maricopa’s routers that indicated he had no earthly thought what laptop routers truly are.
“If you happen to bought these routers, what that may present,” Trump asserted, calling on random folks named “Wendy” and “Sonny” and “Kelly” to surrender the routers. “And so they do not wish to surrender routers, they do not wish to give ’em. They’re preventing like hell.”
Trump’s router meltdown appeared to riff off of yet one more conspiracy principle that Italian satellites one way or the other altered the county’s vote counts in favor of Joe Biden. Genuinely, Maricopa computer systems have been by no means related to the web, as one Maricopa board member, Invoice Gates (no, not that Invoice Gates) explained on CNN final week.
The entire effort is a traditional Trump method: Plant a wholly bogus seed, legitimize it with a supposed investigation, and let your delusional cult following do the remainder. Similar to Trump told Justice Department officials final December as he urged them to lie about potential election fraud, “Simply say the election was corrupt + go away the remainder to me and the R. Congressmen.” The Division of Justice officers declined to take action.
However again right here on Earth, what’s related to the routers in Maricopa County are providers that don’t have anything to do with the elections. As an alternative, they embrace a ton of delicate details about non-public residents and native legislation enforcement communications.
“Maricopa County repeatedly has addressed the numerous safety dangers posed by producing its routers,” stated a Maricopa County lawyer Thomas Liddy in a five-page letter that accompanied the board’s curt response. “Particularly, offering these routers places delicate, confidential knowledge belonging to Maricopa County residents—together with social safety numbers and guarded well being info—in danger.”
Liddy additionally defined that producing the routers would make the county sheriff workplace’s “inner legislation enforcement communications infrastructure extraordinarily weak to hackers, be they prison cartels, terrorists, or overseas powers.”
Gee, that senate GOP request is sounding form of unhealthy and misguided and, properly, simply plain silly. But it surely’s completely on model for Trump and his Republican bootlickers.
The letter from Sellers concluded, “It is time for all elected officers to inform the reality and cease encouraging conspiracies. Launch your report and be ready to defend any accusations of misdeeds in court docket. It is time to transfer on.”
Briefly, Arizona’s audit wars proceed to tear the occasion aside within the state’s largest county.