“The county has, for whatever reason, also refused to produce the network routers. We want the routers, Sonny, Wendy, we got to get those routers, please. The routers. Come on, Kelly, we can get those routers. Those routers. You know what? We’re so beyond the routers, there’s so many fraudulent votes without the routers. But if you got those routers, what that will show, and they don’t want to give up the routers. They don’t want to give them. They are fighting like hell. Why are these commissioners fighting not to give the routers?”
Yup. Literally unhinged. I mean, he says the word “routers” 11 times in that rant.
Well, as part of the ongoing audit of the vote in Maricopa County (Arizona), there has been an attempt by Trump-aligned forces to subpoena the network routers used by the county’s election division.
As the Arizona Republic wrote back in May:
“Senate liaison Ken Bennett has said [the routers] are needed to check whether the county’s voting machines were connected to the internet during the election. But a county spokesperson said that the auditors already have the information and machines to perform that check, and a previous independent audit commissioned by the county proved they were not.”
Why won’t the county just turn over the routers to appease Trump? Three reasons actually:
Trump, of course, cares about none of that. It makes a good talking point to say that these routers hold some super-secret information (they do not) and suggest that the county’s unwillingness to turn them over is proof that there is something nefarious on them. (It is not).
And so, we get the router rant. Which would be funny except that, as January 6 proved, lots and lots of people believe — sight unseen — whatever the former president says. And that fact makes what Trump is doing actually dangerous.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly identify Turning Point Action as the group Trump addressed.