“The right thing to do policy wise makes very good politics. And that is to continue Biden’s effort to be bold, to go big,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders on how Democrats can hold onto their Congressional majority in future elections.
“The right thing to do policy wise makes very good politics. And that is to continue Biden’s effort to be bold, to go big,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders on how Democrats can hold onto their Congressional majority in future elections.
The senator said in a fundraising email that he “was lucky enough to be one of his first posts,” referring to the former president’s new “communications platform.”
Paul Boyer voted in favor of the election audit in Maricopa County. He told The New York Times on Friday that he now considers it an embarrassment.
Giving computer network router and password information to a firm run by a conspiracy theorist is "mind-numbingly reckless," the Maricopa County sheriff said.
Fox News SundayFox News anchor Chris Wallace repeatedly grilled Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) about former President Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrectionist riot, asking if he believes it is a “lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, has been one of the key figures in the House GOP when it comes to ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership over her refusal to accept Trump’s bogus claims about the election. The Indiana congressman has called Cheney’s continued criticism of Trump “an unwelcome distraction,” adding that “this idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where” the GOP is.Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Banks defended his push to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a fervent Trump supporter who has publicly backed Trump’s election lies. At the same time, Wallace noted that Banks seemed “unwilling to discuss” Cheney’s criticism of the former president.“I'm not,” Banks declared, adding: “I know the belief that I have, that a majority of our conference have, that she has lost focus on the single mission that we have in winning back the majority, to push back against the radical Biden agenda, is the reason that she needs to be replaced.”Nonetheless, Liz Cheney PersistedUnsatisfied with Banks’ dodge, the veteran Fox News anchor said he was going to “try to get at this a different way,” asking the Republican lawmaker straight-up if he believes that Joe Biden is the legitimate president.“Yes, Joe Biden was elected. He was inaugurated on January 20,” Banks replied, prompting Wallace to get more specific with his questions.Noting that Banks had joined a Texas lawsuit challenging Biden’s electoral victory in several states, Wallace pointed out that he also objected to Congress’ certification of Biden’s election win on Jan. 6—the day of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.“Do you still question whether or not Joe Biden won the election fair and square and got over 270 electoral votes, fair and square?” Wallace pressed the conservative lawmaker.“I stand by my vote to object on January 6 and stand by the Texas lawsuit. I have serious concerns about how the election in November was carried out,” Banks replied. “That is where most Republicans in the GOP conference are unified around that single mission and goal and anything that distracts from it will hold us back from doing that.”Wallace, meanwhile, noted that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had said that Trump “bears responsibility” for the Capitol riots, wondering aloud if Banks felt McCarthy was wrong at the time. Deflecting once again, Banks merely said “every Republican denounced” the violence and there should be a commission to study what happened that day.“I’m just asking a question,” Wallace fired back. “Liz Cheney is saying it’s a big lie to say the election was stolen. Liz Cheney is saying that, in fact, Donald Trump contributed to the riot. I’m asking you for your opinion on those issues. Is it a lie that the election was stolen? Did he contribute to the insurrection on the Capitol?”Insisting that he’s “never said the election was stolen,” Banks still went on to say that he has “very serious concerns with how the election was conducted last November” before reiterating that he’ll “never apologize” for objecting to the election results.“When Liz Cheney says history’s watching and you upon can’t go forward until you resolve this question—the election was fair and square, Donald Trump played a negative role—you think she’s misguided making those points?” Wallace asked in one final question to the congressman.“Yeah, I’ve called on Liz Cheney to rejoin the Republican team and help us go out and win a majority in the midterm election,” Banks affirmed. “That is where my frustration bubbled up.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
GOP lawmakers ultimately decided not to advertise the segregationist nature of the voting measure.
The US Coast Guard cutter Maui fired two rounds of warning shots with a .50 caliber machine gun to drive the gunboats away.
As Capitol rioters, QAnon believers and other radicals gain in number, one moderate Texas Republican warns: 'We're on a self-destructive path.'
"It's sort of a circular firing squad where we're just attacking our own party," said Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland.
More than two-thirds of all states have given the green light to medical marijuana, with 18 of these states having existing or pending legislation in place that allows for recreational cannabis to be consumed and/or sold. Support for nationwide legalization has also never been higher. Gallup's national poll on marijuana sentiment, which dates back 50 years, showed that a record-high 68% of respondents want pot legal, as of 2020.
“California’s going to come roaring back,” said Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday as he announced his $100 billion California Comeback Plan. He called it the biggest economic recovery package in state history – including unprecedented investments to address the region’s most persistent challenges, starting with nearly $12 billion in direct cash payments to Californians hit […]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday. This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
Fox News analyst Juan Williams believes the best way for Republican Sen. Tim Scott to prove that America isn’t a racist country is to become a Democrat. Scott offered the rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress last month and asserted that America is not inherently racist. Williams penned an op-ed for The Hill in which he declared that Scott—who is the lone Black Republican— must rebuke white supremacists inspired by former President Donald Trump “or we risk becoming a racist country.”
With Biden what you see is what you get, says the Pulitzer prize winner, who has advised the president, but FDR informs his approach to democracy in peril At a recent White House meeting with historians, Meacham says: ‘FDR came up less because of the FDR legend but more in 1933 it was an open question about whether democracy would survive the 30s.’ Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA He has been described as Joe Biden’s “historical muse”, an occasional informal adviser to the US president and contributor to some of his major speeches including the inaugural address. In March, Jon Meacham put together a meeting between Biden and a group of fellow historians at the White House that lasted more than two hours. What did he learn about the 46th president? “He’s like an upside down iceberg,” the Pulitzer prize-winning historian says by phone. “You see most of it and that’s not spin: there’s just not a lot of mystery to Joe Biden. The last four or five minutes of his press conference in the East Room [on 25 March] when he talked about democracy and autocracy, that was pretty much it.” Media reports of the meeting told how Biden took notes in a black book and at one point turned to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and said, “I’m no FDR, but …” Meacham does not recall that remark, a reference to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and does not see Biden as self-aggrandizing. “It was not about, how do I shape my legacy? It was how have previous presidents dealt with fundamental crises. FDR came up less because of the FDR legend but more in 1933 it was an open question about whether democracy would survive the 30s. So it was how do you articulate a case for democracy with all its inherent messiness?” This existential struggle between democracy and autocracy, highlighted by Biden repeatedly during his first 100 days as he contemplates the rising threat of China, is the president’s own formulation and predates his meeting with the historians, Meacham says. But to go back to that upside down iceberg metaphor, the 51-year-old author, who gave a speech at last year’s Democratic national convention, suggests that what you see with Biden is what you get. Future biographers will struggle to uncover a “real Joe Biden” that we all missed at the time. (In that sense, perhaps, we have finally found something he shares with Donald Trump.) Jon Meacham was one of a group of historians who met Biden in March at the White House. Photograph: HBO “I suspect 90% of what I’ve heard Joe Biden say in private for years, he says in public, and the other 10%, it’s not like there’s some secret dark side of Biden,” Meacham says. “I’m puzzled by it, honestly. I think part of it is being 78, thinking that everything was done – he had no expectation [of becoming president] in 2017. “So I think people should take him at his word. My experience with him – and we are friends – is that he’s very straightforward. There’s not a lot of machiavellian behind-the-scenes stuff going on. That might not have been true when he was 40 but he’s now almost 80 and it is true.” Barack Obama also hosted Goodwin and other historians at the White House, apparently more focused on lessons from Abraham Lincoln than Roosevelt. Trump nurtured Mount Rushmore ambitions but had little time for presidential scholars and, at roughly his 100-day mark, hosted the rightwing rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock along with the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Meacham – whose new podcast, Fate of Fact, features historians Michael Beschloss and Eddie Glaude Jr, both of whom attended the Biden summit – recalls the story of how Bill Clinton once drew up a list of truly consequential presidents and wondered how he could get on it. “That’s not Biden and I’m not saying that somewhere in his brain that’s not unfolding; I don’t know,” he says. “But I think I have a pretty good sense of this and I think he genuinely sees this as an existential moment for democracy. He sees clearly definable problems that have to be solved and, in so far as case studies of past successes and past failures can be an arrow in his quiver, I think that’s what he wants.” The Roosevelt parallel, manifest in a giant portrait in Biden’s Oval Office, persists not only because the 32nd president helped defeat fascism in the second world war but because his New Deal in 1933 steered America out of the Great Depression. Faced with multiple crises including the coronavirus pandemic, Biden has sought to rebuild trust in both government and democracy with an audacious $6tn spending project that also echoes Lyndon B Johnson’s “Great Society”. Meacham speaks by video feed during at the 2020 Democratic national convention. Photograph: Reuters Some have hailed it as a death blow to four decades of Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down economics. But Meacham, a biographer of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and George HW Bush, would not go so far: “One way to think about 1933 to 2017 was as a figurative conversation between FDR and LBJ on one side and Reagan and George W Bush on the other. Every president was somewhere in that conversation. “Trump was not a sequential chapter to that. I think Biden is back in that conversation. He’s clearly in the FDR/LBJ mode but I see that as a resumption of a conversation about the means to commonly agreed upon ends. Biden is not creating new government agencies. Is it a pendulum swing? Certainly from George W Bush, yeah, but it’s not outside the American mainstream.” Trump’s break from the mainstream, and the willingness of the Republican party to follow him off the cliff edge, is the starting point for Meacham’s podcast to explore polarisation and “how and why facts became a casualty of war in the United States”, culminating in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January. Republicans made campaign promises in election after election but failed to follow through, he argues, resulting in a buildup of frustration among their voters. “We haven’t had a major political party of ours lose its bearings so profoundly perhaps in American history. I wanted to try to give a historically informed understanding of why this has happened now on the grounds that if you have a diagnosis, then at least you can think about treatments. “I don’t think Trump emerged out of the ether. This was a long time coming because the base itself has been disenchanted and aggrieved by the paucity of the fruits of victory going back to world war two. It’s not just that Trump himself has superpowers; it’s a matter of context. The podcast is basically my understanding of why so many otherwise sensible Republicans signed on to a cult of personality.” President Franklin D Roosevelt delivers his first radio ‘fireside chat’ in 1933. Biden sees parallels today with the situation facing Roosevelt, whose New Deal was instrumental in pulling the US out of the Great Depression. Photograph: AP Biden’s first 100 days have certainly been less noisy and melodramatic than his predecessor’s, a palate cleanser devoid of puerile insults or late-night tweet storms. But he has made little headway with his promise of bipartisanship as Republicans dig in for a long fight against his ambitious legislative goals. “Boring, but radical,” is the Texas senator Ted Cruz’s analysis. However, Meacham – whose 2018 bestseller, The Soul of America, foreshadowed the central theme of Biden’s election campaign – notes that his approach polls strongly with the general public while Republicans veer off into “culture wars” issues such as the rights of transgender student athletes or the withdrawal of six Dr Seuss books due to racially insensitive imagery. “My sense is that he has argued for an American as opposed to a partisan reaction to a series of crises that he has defined and articulated. He is not repeating the mistake that was made in the Obama years of seeking Republican buy-in because they can’t deliver; in foreign policy terms, he doesn’t really have a partner for peace. “He’s basically decided he’s got to get everything done that he can because he genuinely believes that it’s an emergency situation and he does it in a temperamental way that is more congenial than divisive, which forces the Republicans into an even smaller corner where, because what he’s doing is broadly popular, you end up fighting about Dr Seuss. The Republicans are in this perpetual bar fight, so they’re grabbing for anything they can. I don’t think it’s a durable governing strategy.”
Polk County’s auditor failed to give Korolina Ogle credit for voting in November’s election, according to information Axios confirmed with the Iowa Secretary of State.The mistake resulted in Ogle receiving a "no activity notice" last month, the first step toward cancelling her voter registration under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in March.Why it matters: 294,147 other voters in Iowa — roughly 13% of the state's registered voters — received similar notices last month.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Critics contend that many inactivity notices are like Ogle’s and based on erroneous data or flawed methodology. What's happening: The new law requires the secretary of state to move voters who didn’t cast ballots in the most recent general election to "inactive" status. Previously, it required not voting in two consecutive general elections.Voter registrations will be canceled after four more years of inactivity. County auditors have the sole responsibility of entering the information, Molly Widen, an attorney for the secretary of state told Jason.Zoom in: Ogle was issued an absentee ballot, but instead voted in person. That was not tracked in a state voter system known as I-VOTERS.Be smart: Iowa’s new law is part of a nationwide push by Republicans in dozens of states.Between the lines: Some believe the no-activity notices may have unintended consequences beyond simple filing mistakes.As many as 121 "unverified citizens" could potentially vote in Linn County because of the notices, auditor Joel Miller said in an April 30 notice.Canceled registrations of 492 deceased voters were erroneously changed by the state’s vendor, Arikkan. The state fixed that error, the secretary of state told the AP.At least 400 notices were sent to 17-year-olds who could not yet vote in 2020. That group may be excluded from future notices.The other side: Polk County auditor Jamie Fitzgerald did not respond to multiple requests for comment that Jason made over the past two weeks.Fitzgerald could be fined up to $10,000 for technical infractions under the new law.How it ended: Ogle responded to a mailing from the secretary of state, and her voter registration was made active again. She wants to know how widespread her situation is — and whether counties will reconcile voter records for others like herself.Editor's note: An earlier version listed an incorrect name for Polk County auditor Jamie Fitzgerald.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
A road and rail bridge linking Botswana and Zambia was inaugurated on Monday, marking the completion of a multi-million-dollar project aimed at easing congestion at border crossings throughout the southern African region.
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via GettyThe Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the top national organization for securing GOP wins in state attorney general races. But the group came under scrutiny for its role in the events of Jan. 6 after it was revealed that RAGA’s fundraising arm had made robocalls encouraging people to march on the Capitol at 1 p.m. “to stop the steal.”Now longtime RAGA staff are leaving the organization, while those connected to the robocall—and the broader movement to challenge the 2020 election results—are on the ascent. The latest appointment, RAGA’s new chair, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, is in the latter group.Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate in addition to his role as Missouri AG and was the RAGA vice chairman, was tapped as the group’s new chair two weeks ago, the Kansas City Star reported last week. He’s filling one of multiple high-profile posts that was vacated after Jan. 6.State attorneys general have never been immune from politics. But in recent years, AGs have become more involved in party politics on a national level, according to Paul Nolette, the chair of Marquette University political science department.“What’s changed is not so much that there’s politics in AGs’ offices but that it’s become so much more polarized and nationalized,” Nolette, who monitors filings by state-level AGs, told The Daily Beast. “You have AGs who are increasingly unwilling to work with AGs across party lines... These AGs are increasingly engaged in national politics and policy, and are focused on often very highly partisan disputes.”Some of RAGA’s woes began before the Capitol attack. On Jan. 5, RAGA’s fundraising arm, the group Rule of Law Defense Fund, sent out invitations for a conference call on the following day’s rally. Pete Bisbee, the RLDF’s then-leader, sent one of those invites to Schmitt’s office, the Star previously reported.It’s unclear whether Schmitt or anyone from his office took part in the call, and a spokesperson declined to comment.Somehow, that wasn’t even the RLDF’s most controversial call that day.Also on Jan. 5, the group sent out robocalls that appeared to foreshadow the Capitol attack. “At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” the recorded message said, according to Documented. “We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight.” (RLDF was also listed as a participating organization on a website that advertised the march.)RAGA leaders later denied involvement with the call. “No Republican AG authorized the staff’s decision to amplify a colleague speaking at the rally,” the group’s then-executive director Adam Piper said in a statement, condemning the violence at the Capitol.The Hill reported that Piper had been involved in Jan. 5 planning meetings with Trump administration officials. Piper did not return a request for comment.He resigned days after the call was made public. But others were soon to follow, and on April 16, RAGA’s then-chair, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, quit the organization with a letter hinting at deep divides.“During the last several months, it has become clear that there is a significant difference of opinion among members of the RAGA’s executive committee as to the direction this organization should take going forward,” he wrote.“This fundamental difference of opinion began with vastly opposite views of the significance of the events of January 6 and the resistance by some to accepting the resignation of the executive director,” he added. “The differences have continued as we have tried to restore RAGA’s reputation internally and externally and were reflected once again during the process of choosing our next executive director.”That executive director turned out to be Bisbee, whose fundraising group was responsible for the robocalls. On April 22, RAGA promoted him to Piper’s vacated role—a move that touched off a new wave of resignations.RAGA’s finance director, Ashley Trenzeluk, later quit the organization, citing that appointment.“As RLDF Executive Director, Pete Bisbee approved the robocall expenditure, and was the only other person accountable for RLDF involvement in the January 6 events,” she wrote in a departing email, first reported by the Alabama Political Reporter. “Over the last few months, I have fielded, reassured, and assuaged concerns from our core donor base on the future direction of our organization. The result of the executive committee vote to nominate Pete as RAGA’s Executive Director is a decision I cannot defend.”Jason Heath, RAGA’s director of operations, was next out the door. “I respect your votes but the direction is not one I can honestly stand behind,” he wrote in an April 25 email obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.Bisbee did not directly return The Daily Beast’s request for comment on the robocall or the wave of departures. Instead, a RAGA spokesperson replied with an email stating that “RAGA and the Republican AGs have publicly condemned and disavowed the violence that took place on January 6” and that the group planned on taking aggressive action against President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.With high-level staff headed for the exits, RAGA tapped a new chair with closer ties to the Stop the Steal movement: Schmitt, who has aligned himself with two lawsuits attempting to challenge Biden’s victory.In the months between Biden’s victory and the Jan. 6 riot, Schmitt signed onto two efforts to invalidate the 2020 election. The first, a Pennsylvania lawsuit, sought to throw away certain mail-in ballots in Biden’s close-won state of Pennsylvania. The second, a lawsuit led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sought to challenge Biden’s victories in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.Paxton, for his part, is facing his own legal woes. Since 2015, he has been indicted on securities fraud charges, which he claims are politically motivated. Last year, the FBI opened an unrelated investigation into allegations that Paxton broke the law to aid a wealthy donor. Paxton has denied the allegations, which are reportedly based on testimonies from seven senior lawyers in Paxton’s office.He’s not even the only Republican AG under criminal investigation while supporting the broader effort to challenge Biden’s win. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who signed onto Paxton’s lawsuit, is facing three criminal charges after he allegedly struck and killed a man with his car while looking at his phone. A minute before the fatal crash, Ravnsborg had been reading an article about Biden and China on a conspiracy news site, according to investigators. Ravnsborg initially left the scene of the crash, telling investigators he thought he hit a deer. (Paxton spoke at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot, although Ravnsborg did not.)Criminal investigations aside, the faction of attorneys general whose own conduct has raised eyebrows appears to be gaining traction in the fight to drag RAGA off the deep end. After all, as Nolette, the Marquette political science chair, noted, modern Republican AGs are likely to feel sustained pressure to add their names to absurd lawsuits like Paxton’s.“On the one hand, I was surprised to see how many Republican AGs signed on to support that lawsuit,” he said.“On the other hand,” Nolette added, “I wasn't.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a speech warning that Nazi beliefs remain strong. Speaking to the annual military parade on Moscow's Red Square, Putin on Sunday decried “attempts to rewrite history, to justify traitors and criminals, on whose hands lies the blood of hundreds of thousands of peaceful people.” The anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat, which Russia calls Victory Day, is the country's most significant secular holiday.
The US government declared a regional emergency Sunday as the largest fuel pipeline system in the United States remained largely shut down, two days after a major ransomware attack was detected. The emergency declaration allows for fuel to be transported by road to the affected states. The Biden administration is to set to step up cybersecurity in the coming weeks, with an executive order expected to instruct federal agencies and contractors to plug security gaps that have left them vulnerable to a wave of cyberattacks in recent months. The latest assault, on the 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline, which provides nearly half the fuel used on the US East Coast, is believed to have been carried out by DarkSide, a cybercriminal group operating out of Russia and Eastern Europe. It wrought havoc on the company's computer network forcing the shutdown of the pipeline which runs from New Jersey to Texas. It is feared the attack could cause a further spike in fuel prices in the US which have already been soaring in recent months. Colonial, which normally ships 2.5 million barrels a day, serves consumers in the mid-Atlantic and southeast of the US. Its customers include the world's busiest passenger airport in Atlanta. In a statement confirming that it had been the victim of a ransomware attack, the company said it had called in cybersecurity experts to conduct an investigation. A spokesman for the Colonial Pipeline said some smaller pipelines have been restored. "We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations." In only the last few days cyberattacks have been reported on the police department in Washington DC, in which criminals threatened to release details about informants and the Illinois Attorney General's office. Experts say that ransomware attacks have proliferated in recent months targeting hospitals, municipalities and police departments. In February drastically increased changed the level of sodium hydroxide in water after penetrating cybersecurity at a Florida treatment plant. The hundredfold increase in the proportion of the chemical, the main ingredient in drain cleaners, made the water undrinkable. As many as 2,400 organisations were hit by ransomware demands last year. According to a report issued by a ransomware task force, the amount paid by victims more than tripled last year, compared with 2019 reaching an estimated $350 million (£250 million). The Biden administration has vowed to take on the cybercriminals. Alejandro Majorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, said this was "one of our most important priorities right now" as he announced a "60-say sprint" to tackle ransomware. Bloomberg reported the DarkSide hackers took nearly 100 gigabytes of data from Colonial's network. DarkSide, which made no mention of the Colonial attack on its dark-net website, emerged last August carrying out a series of ransomware attacks on an array of organisation. It even issued a press release at the time. "We are a new product on the market, but that does not mean that we have no experience and we came from nowhere," the criminals boasted.
As Social Security trust funds are beginning to run low, the federal government is looking to address the issue. This includes making cuts to Social Security retirement benefits, according to CNBC....
On the floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where Sir Charles Barkley once dunked basketballs and Hulk Hogan wrestled King Kong Bundy, 46 tables are arrayed in neat rows, each with a Lazy Susan in the middle. Seated at the tables are several dozen people, mostly Republicans, who spend hours watching ballots spin by, photographing them or inspecting them closely. This is Arizona’s extraordinary, partisan audit of the 2020 election results in the state's most populous county — ground zero for former President Donald Trump and a legion of his supporters who have refused to accept his loss in Arizona or in other battleground states.