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Trump’s ‘Rally to Protect Our Elections’ Was Big Hit in Arizona

Tough on Gov. Ducey, Crowd Applaused Candidate Kari Lake

During President Donald J. Trump’s appearance at the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) event Saturday, he went after election fraud cheaters with a vengeance.

Supporters lined up early.

He was especially tough on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who didn’t fight for the auditing of ballots.

“I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy; I’m trying to save American democracy,” Trump said to enthusiastic applause of 5,000 citizens attended in the Arizona Federal Theatre.

“When I did rallies he always wanted to be in the front row. ‘Sir, can you mention my name please?’ Yeah I’ll mention. And I did these rallies, and he wasn’t very popular,” Trump revealed.

When Trump mentioned Ducey’s most formidable opponent in the race for governor, Kari Lake, she received an enormous ovation.

“Wow,” Trump responded. “This could be a big night for you.”

Lake condemned “backstabbing politicians who turned their backs on President Trump” the day after Election Day. 

State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, who is running for secretary of state, ended her speech abruptly after the crowd booed her the entire time she was on stage. She has not been a viable supporter of protecting Arizona election laws.

Ugenti-Rita booed.

“The facts are coming out. The truth is being uncovered and the crime of the century is being fully exposed,” Trump stated.

“We will fight for truth, transparency and accountability, and we will not stop until we have restore out American birthright of honest, free and fair elections,” Trump’s speech began.

“You are the pulse of our movement. So true, and you are the ones who will Make America Great Again.”

Turning Point USA, hosting the event, is a young conservative group.

“We’re gathered here in Phoenix to show our support for election integrity and for the brave and unyielding conservative warriors in the Arizona State Senate — thank you,” Trump said. “They’ve created a movement all over the country.”

The 45th President also was quick to praise and spotlight several Arizona Republicans who are quickly gaining national recognition for their willingness to fight for election integrity and for the completion of the long-awaited Arizona Audit.

Trump singled out several state senators for praise, including Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, and state Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert. 

“She’s been brave. She’s been strong,” Trump said of Fann. “And I predict when the votes come in … I think they are going to be so horrible that she’s going to go three steps further than she ever thought she’d have to. Because they will be, in my opinion, and again I’m not involved, they’re involved, this is the Arizona State Senate, I think the results are going to be so outrageous … that they are going to go many steps further than they would have.”


President Trump said that he had not met the majority of those fighting for the Arizona Audit until today, something he chastised the media for incorrectly reporting.

He also spent time acknowledging and thanking Wendy Rogers, Kelly Townsend, and Sonny Borrelli:

Wendy Rogers

“You knew the answer early on, Wendy, we’re waiting for the results, but you knew the answer.”

Kelly Townsend

“Kelly has to get a special: Really Great. Wendy, Kelly, Borrelli, really great. I wouldn’t want to fight you.”

“I like that. Wendy, you know, we just have a new one: Wendy, Kelli, and Borrelli. That’s going to be a very famous statement someday I suspect.” 

Kelli Ward

“Republican Party Chairwoman, somebody that has tremendous courage, I will tell you, somebody that has been fighting so long and so hard, and she never stops. Some people love her, some people don’t like her as much, I happen to love her. But she is, she’s really a fighter, and she fights your governor who doesn’t do a damn thing. He doesn’t do a damn thing. Chairwoman Kelli Ward!”

“I called up Kelli recently, I said, why wouldn’t the governor want an audit? It shows, you know, maybe everything will prove to be correct, which we know won’t happen,” Trump continued.

“Joe Biden and the radical Democrats are wrecking our nation,” Trump said. “I don’t even believe it’s him. I don’t think Joe knows where the hell he is.”

“Mitch McConnell, the old crow,” Trump said about the Senate Minority Leader.

Trump commented about how his endorsement of McConnell, only for the then-Senate Majority Leader to later blame Trump for the violence on January 6.

“He was two down, and he was gonna get blown away… and then he got up and said the nastiest things about me. That’s the way politics is, I guess,” Trump said. “You know you endorse somebody…it’s one of those things,”

“In my opinion, there’s no way they win elections without cheating,” Trump said of Democrats.

Trump made 14 visits to Arizona as a presidential candidate between 2015 and 2020 to historical record breaking crowds. Last year, the longest Trump Train caravan ever, was over 94 miles long circling Phoenix.

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