January 6, 2021 Press Releases

A Threat To Our Democratic Republic

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Contact: Matt Grodsky, mgrodsky@azdem.org

A Threat To Our Democratic RepublicArizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini released the following statement:

“On December 14th, Arizona’s eleven electoral votes were cast, pursuant to the will of the people, the laws of Arizona and the United States Constitution, for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. Arizona’s Electoral College vote happened after Republican Governor Doug Ducey declared the November 3 election was conducted with integrity, transparency and in accordance with Arizona laws.

Sadly, following the November presidential election, leaders in positions of power, including the President, have peddled lies and conspiracies in an effort to further their own political ambition. These unsupported allegations, that even Trump appointed judges have rejected, continue to enable a president who cannot accept defeat in a fair fight; the popular vote of an overwhelming majority of Americans or the Electoral College’s margin of victory, not dissimilar to his own 2016 victory. Now our president is fueling the protests, vandalism and violence on our Capitol. We are watching the events unfold and the scenes are despicable and shameful. It is terrifying to watch this seditious assault on our democratic republic. We pray for the safety of all and are grateful for the bravery of the Capitol Police and the law enforcement agencies that have come to their aid.

A dangerous precedent has been set by people more interested in appeasing Trumpism than living up to their oath of office. When leaders ignore the will of the people and make decisions based upon political ambition and blind faith in an ideology, government fails and terror and chaos results. To the Arizona Republican U.S. Representatives who objected to the Arizona Electoral vote, casting doubt on the integrity of the 2020 vote count, I ask you – How can you challenge the integrity of the vote without also placing your own election in question?

Despite these chaotic and unprecedented times, we deeply believe in America, our Constitution, and our Republic. We are so proud of our Arizona Democratic leaders who spoke with such eloquence and passion today in defense of Arizona’s election system and their duty to serve all constituents, choosing the Republic over personal preferences,  defending truth, and living up to this nation’s promise.

As even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged today, Congress cannot declare itself the “national board of elections on steroids” and overruling the will of the people “will damage our republic forever” – Joe Biden is the next President of the United States.”