Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar add fuel, but no evidence, to baseless election-fraud claims
Arizona's most conservative members of Congress sought to discredit presidential election results in Arizona and elsewhere Tuesday by claiming widespread fraud and going so far as to suggest disqualifying Pennsylvania's vote.
In an appearance on "The Charlie Kirk Show," Republican Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar noted software glitches that favored President-elect Joe Biden in key locations — including Maricopa County — and left President Donald Trump trailing but, they said, not yet defeated.
Biggs, who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus in Washington, didn't specify the problems in Pennsylvania, a state where Trump's initial lead vanished as mail-in ballots were tallied, especially in perennially Democratic Philadelphia.
"Well, you're talking about fraud, pure and simple. We're talking about Pennsylvania is an utter disaster, and really your immediate remedy is to basically nullify Pennsylvania's election," Biggs said, acknowledging that "sounds drastic."
"So Pennsylvania would have to decide: are we going to revote? And I don't think there's time to revote. And if you can't revote, then you can't seat their electors. And if you can't see their electors, you can't seat anybody's. And then you're going to move to the Congress."
"I see a pathway to winning this election, and I think that the Democrats are starting to figure that out," Gosar said.
Gosar complained at length about glitches involving Dominion Voting Systems, which produces election equipment used in 30 states across the country.
Election officials across the country have brushed aside the issues raised by Biggs and Gosar and there is no credible evidence that fraud tipped the election to Biden.
Beyond the software glitches, they also mentioned a lawsuit in Arizona claiming poll workers allowed green buttons to effectively spoil ballots that affected "at least a thousand votes."
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office — headed by Republican Allister Adel — disputed the idea any votes were scrapped without voters having a say. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, also rejected allegations of glitches affecting the state's elections.
"All of the audit and transparency you’re asking for already exists," Hobbs wrote in a tweet at Gosar over the weekend. "I will reiterate — what you’re doing now is dangerous."
Right-wing conspiracy theories have mushroomed in recent days after reports of a tabulation error in Michigan's Antrim County that initially gave Biden a large lead that was later corrected to show Trump ahead.
"There was no malice, no fraud here, just human error," Sheryl Guy, the county clerk, told the Associated Press.
A software update from Dominion in Georgia delayed voting in some places.
For Gosar, it is only the latest conspiracy pushed by someone who intimated falsely that liberal billionaire George Soros was a Nazi collaborator as a youth. He has also followed people on Twitter who have used symbols linked to racism and white nationalism. He has chatted with Frank Gaffney, another conspiracy peddler.
"Any claim Biden has won is illegitimate. We cannot accept the theft of the presidency," he wrote in a Twitter post Friday.
For his part, Biggs has drawn criticism from medical professionals for arguing against the wearing of masks during the pandemic and advocating for people's right to use hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19.
Biggs and Gosar are among the many Republicans in Congress who challenge the legitimacy of the election results that show Biden with millions of more votes than Trump and narrow wins in a decisive combination of states to give him an electoral margin that could match Trump's total in 2016. The Associated Press called the presidential race Saturday for Biden.
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has yet to concede her race to Sen.-elect Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., though she trails by more votes than she did in her 2018 loss to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and there are not enough uncounted votes for her to still win the race.
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