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Maricopa County Republican official calls Trump 'unhinged'

The Republican who leads the Maricopa County, Ariz., elections department slammed former President Trump on Saturday, calling his comments on its 2020 election audit "unhinged."

"Wow. This is unhinged. I'm literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now. We can't indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country. This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don't call this out..." Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer wrote on Twitter.

Richer's remarks came in response to a statement from Trump in which the former president claimed that the Maricopa County database had been deleted and that ballots were missing.

Trump called the "DELETION" of the database "unprecedented."

Republicans in the Arizona state Senate advanced an audit of the 2020 election vote in Maricopa County last month, even after multiple audits since November concluded that the vote was counted accurately.

President Biden won Arizona's 11 electoral votes over Trump by nearly 11,000 votes.

Trump has since argued that fraud cost him reelection, despite a lack of evidence bolstering the claim.

The election results were ultimately certified by state officials months ago, effectively solidifying Biden's win in Arizona. Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate signed off on the electoral vote in January, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building in an effort to stop the count, which led to the former president's second impeachment.

Richer, in a separate tweet on Saturday, called on GOP state Rep. Leo Biasiucci to "help me call out this lie," adding, "Here's a great example of a plain-as-day lie that will lead our Arizona residents to think the Maricopa County database has been entirely deleted."

GOP state Sen. Paul Boyer echoed Richer's sentiment last week, saying the election vote audit "makes us look like idiots."

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