2020-11-19 07:33

Arizona's Top Election Official Said She's Getting Violent Threats Due To Trump's Lies Jq5世界播



Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in 2019. Jq5世界播

2019年亚利桑那州国务卿凯蒂·霍布斯(Katie Hobbs)Jq5世界播

A top election official in Arizona said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's continued efforts to undermine the election through baseless lies and conspiracies have contributed to "ongoing and escalating" threats of violence directed against herself, her family, and her staff. Jq5世界播


"There are those, including the president, members of Congress and other 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," Katie Hobbs, Arizona's secretary of state, said in a statement. "It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences." Jq5世界播

亚利桑那州国务卿凯蒂·霍布斯(Katie Hobbs)在一份声明中说,“有些人,包括总统、国会议员和其他民选官员,一直在传播错误信息,并鼓励其他人以违反他们宣誓就职的方式不信任选举结果。”“他们早就该收手了。他们的言行是有后果的。”Jq5世界播

As the state's chief election officer, Hobbs is in charge of overseeing and certifying the results of all elections in Arizona. While the results for the Nov. 3 presidential election have not yet been certified, multiple media outlets, including BuzzFeed News, have named Joe Biden the winner of Arizona's electoral votes. According to unofficial results, Biden won the state by a margin of more than 10,000 votes. Jq5世界播

作为亚利桑那州的首席选举官,霍布斯负责监督和认证亚利桑那州所有选举的结果。虽然11月3日总统选举的结果还没有得到证实,但包括BuzzFeed News在内的多家媒体已经宣布乔·拜登(Joe Biden)为亚利桑那州选举人票的获胜者。根据非官方结果,拜登以超过1万张选票的优势赢得了该州。Jq5世界播

In the days after Election Day, as more mail-ballots were counted and it became clear that Trump had lost, armed supporters converged on elections offices in Arizona, demanded entry to a vote-counting site in Michigan, and disrupted a press conference in Nevada. Jq5世界播


The confrontations made election officials and ballot counters fearful for their safety and prompted additional security at the offices where they were working. Jq5世界播


But as the president continues spreading lies about the results in an attempt to undermine and delay Biden's win, Hobbs, a Democrat, said she and her staffers have continued to receive threats of violence. Jq5世界播


"These actions are utterly abhorrent, especially when directed at my family and my staff," she said. "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." Jq5世界播


The statement comes after Hobbs told KPNX, a local news station, that a death threat was made against her and her family on Parler, a social media site that's popular among far-right extremists. Jq5世界播


“The threat was something like, ‘Let’s burn her house down and kill her and her family, and teach these fraudsters a lesson,’” Hobbs told the local TV station. Jq5世界播


A spokesperson for the secretary of state's office told BuzzFeed News the threats have come via email, social media, and phone calls, adding that they have been reporting the threats to their security officer, who has been working with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center. Jq5世界播


"Personal contact information, including her address, have been published, resulting in additional harassment," Sophia Solis, public information officer for the secretary of state, said in an email. Jq5世界播


Surveillance video obtained by ABC 15 showed protesters waving flags and playing music, including "God Bless the USA," which is often played at Trump rallies, outside the secretary's home. Jq5世界播


Hobbs also placed blame on Arizona's Republican governor and Trump surrogate Doug Ducey, saying his "deafening silence has contributed to the growing unrest" over the election. Jq5世界播

霍布斯还将责任归咎于亚利桑那州共和党州长、特朗普的代理人道格·杜西(Doug Ducey),他说,他令人震耳欲聋的沉默导致了围绕选举的日益加剧的动荡。Jq5世界播

When asked about the secretary's statement during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic, Ducey called the threats "completely unacceptable" but declined to accept the election results, saying he wanted to wait for the legal challenges to be resolved in court. Jq5世界播


"I denounce any threats of violence against anyone in elective office or any Arizonan or American," Ducey told reporters. "That’s different than a court challenge, OK? A court challenge will play itself out, but it's completely unacceptable [for] any threats of violence." Jq5世界播


He added that his office is working with the secretary to make resources from the state's Department of Public Safety available as "necessary in any way to protect her." Jq5世界播


Hobbs called on him to "stand up for the truth." Jq5世界播


"When facing unimaginable challenges this election year, Arizonans stepped up," she said. "More people are registered to vote in our state than ever before, election participation has been at historic highs, thousands have answered the call to work at voting locations during a pandemic, and people have made their voices heard." Jq5世界播


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