Throughout a rally in Arizona final month, Trump ad-libbed a diatribe about Maricopa’s routers that indicated he had no earthly concept what pc routers really are.
“If you happen to obtained these routers, what that may present,” Trump asserted, calling on random individuals named “Wendy” and “Sonny” and “Kelly” to surrender the routers. “And so they do not wish to quit routers, they do not wish to give ’em. They’re preventing like hell.”
Trump’s router meltdown appeared to riff off yet one more conspiracy idea that Italian satellites one way or the other altered the county’s vote counts in favor of Joe Biden. In reality, Maricopa computer systems had been by no means linked 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 basic Trump method—plant a completely bogus seed, legitimize it with a supposed investigation, and let your delusional cult following do the remaining. 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 remaining to me and the R. Congressmen.” The DOJ officers declined to take action.
However again right here on earth, what’s linked to the routers in Maricopa County are companies that don’t have anything to do with the elections. As an alternative, they embody a ton of delicate details about non-public residents and native regulation enforcement communications.
“Maricopa County repeatedly has addressed the numerous safety dangers posed by producing its routers,” stated a Maricopa County legal professional, Thomas Liddy, in a 5-page letter that accompanied the board’s curt response. “Particularly, offering these routers places delicate, confidential information 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 “inside regulation enforcement communications infrastructure extraordinarily susceptible to hackers, be they legal cartels, terrorists, or international powers.”
Gee, that senate GOP request is sounding kinda dangerous and misguided and, effectively, simply plain silly. Nevertheless it’s completely on model for Trump and his Republican bootlickers.
The letter from Maricopa board chair 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 courtroom. It is time to transfer on.”
In brief, Arizona’s audit wars proceed to tear the get together aside within the state’s largest county.