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Trump is still fuming that GOP Gov. Doug Ducey didn't back his claims of election fraud, reportedly telling allies he may travel to Arizona to campaign against him
  • Trump is angry with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for not backing attempts to overturn Biden's 2020 win in the state.
  • Trump threatened to campaign for a Democrat if Ducey runs for Senate in 2022, The Daily Beast reported.
  • Allies believe Trump couldn't have been serious, The Daily Beast reported.
Trump released two statements last week slamming Ducey for not backing Republican attempts to overturn President Joe Biden's victory in Arizona in November.

Republicans in Arizona recently seized election ballots and hired the Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas to recount around 2 million ballots cast in Maricopa County. Trump has long claimed the result is fraudulent, without giving evidence.

Trump's anger at Ducey, whose second term as Arizona governor ends next year, has spilled over in private, The Daily Beast reported.

In one example, Trump told associates that he would be open to traveling to Arizona to campaign for Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly against Ducey if Ducey ran for Senate in 2022, the outlet said.

The Daily Beast reported that its sources were skeptical that Trump was being serious about campaigning for a Democrat. Ducey also told The New York Times in January that he would not be running for Senate in 2022.

... Trump's post-presidential office released two statements on Friday and Saturday slamming Ducey for not backing GOP attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

He said on Friday, according to The Hill: "The Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has been shockingly of zero help to the State Senate. He wants to 'pretend' the election was free and fair. What are he and the Maricopa County Commissioners trying to hide?"

In a separate statement Saturday, Trump said Ducey should be helping protect the private firm hired by the GOP to conduct the recount.

"The Republican Party is demanding that Governor Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election. Governor Ducey will be held fully responsible for the safety of those involved," he said.

Trump first took issue with Ducey in November after the governor certified Biden's election victory.

"Arizona will not forget what Ducey just did," Trump said at the time.

During the election certification, Ducey defended the integrity of the system, saying: "We do elections well, here in Arizona. The system is strong."
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Democrats fight 'sham audit' in Arizona, saying Republicans aim to justify voter suppression
  • A GOP-led audit of the 2020 vote in Maricopa County is "fomenting the big lie that the election was stolen," the head of the Arizona Democratic Party told Insider.
  • Republicans selected a firm to conduct the audit, Cyber Ninjas, that has no experiencing counting votes.
  • The company is led by a man who promoted false claims of election fraud in 2020.
It's a "sham audit," Raquel Terán, chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, says of the vote count underway this week in Maricopa County. Initiated by Republicans and led by a firm that has no prior experience handling ballots, the $150,000 in taxpayer is being used to perpetrate a fraud, she told Insider — "fomenting the big lie that the election was stolen."

Last week, an Arizona judge agreed that there was something to Democrats' arguments, ruling that Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based company selected to lead a reexamination of the vote in Maricopa County, should hand over any documents describing its internal processes. Democrats also had a chance to suspend the process altogether, albeit at a cost: $1 million bond.

The problem, Terán said, is they did not have the money.

"It was beyond absurd for us that the bond was set so high," Terán said. And Democrats had no confidence that Cyber Ninjas would come back with a fair and accurate reporting of the financial damages incurred by the order; ultimately, she said, the party decided it did not have a million dollars to lose.

Cyber Ninjas, meanwhile, decided it also did not want to lose its purported trade secrets: documents detailing how it plans to ensure the credibility of its audit process. It filed those documents with the court on Sunday, requesting that they be kept under seal and away from the prying eyes of the media.

The company also asked the judge who had ordered them to hand over documents to recuse himself, appearing to manufacture a conflict of interest over the weekend by hiring one of his former interns to join their legal team. A new judge, on Tuesday, will consider Democrats' push to unseal those internal communications detailing security procedures and how it purports to know the difference between a valid and invalid ballot.

Cyber Ninjas did not respond to a voicemail requesting comment. But, Terán said, "it doesn't seem like a coincidence to us."

The Arizona GOP, for its part, has crowed over Democrats' inability to come up the money to stop the audit. "We are restoring faith in our country and our elections," the party states in a fundraising appeal.

... For Arizona Democrats, the worst fear is not Republicans believing falsehoods about the 2020 election. "There are no amount of audits that are going to appease any of these individuals who believe in conspiracy theories," Terán told Insider.

Rather, she said, it's what those falsehoods could do to Democratic voters, in the form of new laws passed in the wake of whatever the Cyber Ninjas find when they are through searching next month. New ID requirements, for example, and efforts to remove people from mail-in ballot rolls if they either don't vote or vote in person for two election cycles — all different means of what Terán terms "voter suppression."
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See Donald Trump's photo debut in the National Portrait Gallery's presidential exhibition
  • Donald Trump has joined his fellow presidents in the National Portrait Gallery's presidential exhibit.
  • The Smithsonian museum is set to reopen next month after temporarily closing in November.
  • The Trump photo currently on display is a stand-in until his official portrait is completed.
Each portrait in the exhibit is accompanied by a brief biography of the former president, detailing his time in office. Trump's wall text notes the record low unemployment seen during his tenure, his notable restrictions on immigration, and his appointment of a record number of federal judges.

The summation also touches on Trump's two impeachments and subsequent acquittals, the coronavirus pandemic, his refusal to concede to President Joe Biden after the November 2020 election, and the resulting Capitol attack on January 6.

Dorothy Moss, the gallery's curator of painting and sculpture, told The Post that the presidential reflections are written by the museum's historians and curators.

"We're looking at the American presidency in its entirety. We do not include critical comments, but we're even in our assessments," Moss told the outlet. "It's a process of collaboration. A lot of people review it. There's a lot of discussion."
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.