The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
My Who Won The Week pick for this week is comeuppance. In this case it’s the comeuppance of the Republican Party, in particular the GOP in Arizona.
You may recall that in April of this year, an audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona during the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump, was initiated by Arizona Senate Republicans and carried out by private firms, led by Cyber Ninjas, a company without experience reviewing elections.
The reason that the Republican-led Senate in Arizona conducted the audit was because they bought into Trump’s Big lie that the election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud and that Trump should have won the state.
The audit stirred controversy due to extensive previous efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election and due to assertions of rule violations and irregularities in the conduct of the count, leading to claims that the audit was essentially a disinformation campaign.
The final report of the spurious audit, which was originally suppose to take only three weeks to complete, was released on Friday. And guess what? The results of the “audit” — a haphazard GOP review of ballots in Arizona’s Maricopa County, with no legal force behind it — found the vote totals barely changed from the actual election results, which were certified by Arizona officials in November of last year. In fact, the hand recount of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots says that Joe Biden won the state by 360 more votes than originally reported. Kind of ironic, huh?
One would think after suffering this comeuppance, Republicans would finally admit that Trump lost fair and square. Unfortunately, the GOP’s bogus effort in Arizona to overturn the 2020 election results is already serving as a model for Republicans looking to promulgate election fraud conspiracies. As of this week, Republican legislators in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin have all embarked on a mission to implement recounts or investigations of their own, though the election is long over and certified.
When will this bullshit end? How sad is this?
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?