Arizona’s top elections official on Wednesday said she’s received “ongoing and escalating” threats of violence in the aftermath of Joe Biden’s win over President Trump in the 2020 race.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, criticized the Trump administration and other Republicans, for spreading “misinformation” about the election that she said has prompted the threats.
“There are those, including the president, members of Congress and their elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took,” Hobbs said in a statement.
“It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences.”
Hobbs recently received a death threat that was posted to the conservative social media site Parler, which read, “Let’s burn her house down and kill her family and teach these fraudsters a lesson,” her office said.
Her home address and personal information as well as her son’s cellphone number were also posted on Parler, Hobbs told NBC affiliate 12 News in Phoenix.
On Tuesday evening, a group of protesters showed up to Hobbs’ Phoenix home, chanting, “We are watching you” and “We want an audit,” according to surveillance footage obtained by local outlets.
In her statement, Hobbs vowed that the “continued intimidation tactics will not prevent me from performing the duties I swore an oath to do.”
The threats against Hobbs began escalating last week after a 2017 tweet of hers resurfaced. In the tweet, Hobbs accused Trump of being “more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans” referring to his response on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Hobbs defended the tweet saying, “I was not targeting every single Trump supporter. It was clearly geared toward people who supported the actions at this rally.”
Hobbs said she had been “prepared” to receive threats, writing Wednesday that “I have been a social worker for many years and can anticipate this reaction when certain people feel powerless and angry.”
“They are a symptom of a deeper problem in our state and country — the consistent and systematic undermining of trust in each other and our democratic process.”
Hobbs also blasted Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey saying his “deafening silence has contributed to the growing unrest,” as she called on him to “stand up for truth.”
On Wednesday, Ducey denounced the threats against Hobbs, calling them “completely unacceptable,” and saying that his administration “will do whatever it takes to protect Secretary Hobbs,” the Arizona Republic reported.
But he didn’t tamp down unfounded claims of voter fraud, saying instead that “there are questions and those questions should be answered.”
Arizona — which picked a Democratic presidential candidate this election for the first time since 1996 — is one of several states where Republicans have attempted legal action to challenge the results.
The state GOP party has filed a legal challenge seeking a new hand-count of a sampling of ballots in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, and a court order prohibiting the county from certifying election results until its case is decided by a judge.
Hobbs’ lawyers said in a filing that the true intent behind the case was “delay — not the adjudication of good faith claims.”
The certification is expected on Thursday or Friday, ahead of the Nov. 23 deadline for counties to approve election results.
With Post wires
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