Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Wednesday it’s “well past time” the Trump administration stops pedaling false voter fraud claims she says have prompted “ongoing and escalating” threats of violence against her family and staff.
In a statement published Wednesday, the state’s top election official implored the “president, members of Congress, and other election officials” to stop perpetuating voter fraud misinformation, accusing them of violating their oath of office.
Hobbs, a Democrat, said members of her election staff, as well as her family, have been targeted with increasingly nasty threats, which peaked after a Tweet she wrote in 2017 criticizing Trump’s reaction to the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia went viral on the platform.
Hobbs, accused of bias, has defended the Tweet: “I was not targeting every single Trump supporter. It was clearly geared toward people who supported the actions at this rally.”
A user of Parler, a social media app that’s become popular among conservatives since the election, threatened to burn down Hobbs’ house and kill her family to “teach these fraudsters a lesson,” Hobbs told local news outlet 12 News, prompting Arizona law enforcement to launch an investigation into the incident.
Hobbs’ home address and her son’s cell phone number were also posted online and a group of people gathered around her home Tuesday night, chanting “We are watching you,” according to 12 News.
Hobbs decried “deafening silence” from her state’s Republican leaders in response to these attacks on the election’s integrity.
“I am calling on other leaders in this state, including the governor whose deafening silence has contributed to the growing unrest, to stand up for the truth,” said Hobbs. “This should be a time for thanking voters and election workers for their incredible commitment during unprecedented challenges.”
Hobbs is not the only election worker to complain of the physical danger posed by Trump’s baseless election fraud claims. While deciding votes were still being tallied in battleground states, local officials said Trump’s false insistence that Democrats were trying to “steal the election” prompted “harassing” and “threatening” phone calls, as well as heated rallies outside vote counting centers where pro-Trump protesters—some armed—called to stop the vote. Though getting nowhere in court, the Trump administration has continued to push countless voter fraud conspiracy theories, refusing to concede the results of the election.
“They are kind hardworking public servants just doing their job,” said Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel in an outraged Tweet about attacks against her staff.