Ousted Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers characterised Donald Trump and his supporters’ efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election as “fascism” — and is surprised that it’s his Republican Party that has declared battle on the U.S. Constitution, he informed The Guardian in an interview.
“The thought that if you don’t do what we like, then we will just get rid of you and march on, and do it ourselves — that to me is fascism,” Bowers mentioned within the interview printed Sunday.
“The constitution is hanging by a thread,” Bowers warned.
“The funny thing is, I always thought it would be the other guys. And it’s my side. That just rips at my heart: that we would be the people who would surrender the constitution in order to win an election. That just blows my mind.”
Bowers lost his Republican major race for a state Senate seat early this month in a focused retaliation for his refusal to cooperate with Trump and the previous president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to attempt to toss out Arizona’s votes for Democrat Joe Biden in an effort to reverse the end result of the 2020 election.
Bowers’ opponent David Farnsworth, who was endorsed by Trump, not solely baselessly insisted the election Trump lost was rigged however that it was snatched by the “devil himself.”
Bowers, a lifelong Republican who served within the Arizona House for 17 years, was one of the compelling witnesses earlier this summer time at a listening to earlier than the House choose committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol.
He recounted a high-pressure marketing campaign by each Trump and Giuliani, who pushed him in a tense cellphone name to arbitrarily throw out the state’s electoral votes for Joe Biden.
Giuliani insisted to Bowers that “200,000 illegal immigrants” and greater than 5,000 “dead people” voted within the state, Bowers testified. Bowers mentioned he informed Giuliani “multiple times” that he wanted proof and Giuliani had promised to supply it. But Bowers testified that he by no means acquired proof, not a single title of a fraudulent vote, he testified.
“We’ve got lots of theories but we don’t have the evidence,” Giuliani later admitted, Bowers testified.
“There was no ― no evidence being presented of any strength … that would say to me, ‘You have a doubt. Deny your oath.’ I will not do that,” Bowers mentioned of the boys’s fraud claims.
Bowers testified that it’s a “tenet” of his Mormon religion that the Constitution is “divinely inspired, certainly one of my most elementary foundational beliefs,” he added. “So for me to do that because somebody just asked me to is foreign to my very being.”
He informed The Guardian that he was considering to himself on the time: “Wait, wait, wait … you’re asking me to overthrow the vote of the people of Arizona?”
Not solely did the fourth-generation Arizonan discover no proof of fraud in his examination of voting within the state, he mentioned he was not shocked Trump lost the election — although by simply 10,000 votes in Arizona — he informed The Guardian.
“We were very much aware that a demographic of women, 18 to 40 [year old], college-educated, professional, with small children were not voting for Donald Trump,” he informed The Guardian.
Bowers voted for Trump in 2020 and campaigned for him. But now he sees Trump supporters’ adoption of conspiracy theories and bully ways as a “prep game” for what was to return.
Bowers is shaken however has no regrets for the stance he took, he informed The Guardian.
The GOP is now a celebration that “doesn’t have any thought. It’s all emotional, it’s all revenge. It’s all anger. That’s all it is, he said.
“The veneer of civilization is this thin,” he informed the newspaper as he held his thumb and index finger shut collectively. “It still exists ― I haven’t been hanged yet. But holy moly, this is just crazy. The place has lost its mind.”