As previous President Donald Trump restarts his political rallies, driven by the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, the avowedly pro-Trump One particular The united states Information looms huge in the qualifications. The Trumpist network hosts brazenly voice their hopes that the ongoing so-known as “audit” of the Maricopa County, Arizona, election benefits — pushed by an unsecure, QAnon-riddled sizzling mess of conspiracy theories — will show fraud and toss the certified 2020 election final results into chaos, ultimately eliminating Joe Biden from the presidency — and it’s possible flipping the U.S. Senate to Republicans as properly.
Trump’s remaining political employees reportedly jokes that his “most senior adviser” is OAN “reporter” Christina Bobb, with whom he consistently discusses the ongoing Arizona process. Bobb also hosts a weekend show Weekly Briefing and, in a breach of the most fundamental journalistic ethics, is also a big fundraiser for the audit, soliciting donations on the air. Her demonstrate has routinely aired on-web site in Arizona given that the audit system commenced.
Trump isn’t the only just one observing OAN’s advertising of this “disinformation blueprint.” A tour of what OAN host Natalie Harp declared “America’s audit” has become a pilgrimage for GOP legislators and candidates for office from states all across the region, and a lot of have appeared on OAN in the course of their stop by. In fact, Bobb has claimed that officers from “about a dozen” states are intrigued in conducting their own so-referred to as audits of the 2020 election, and she has interviewed various officials or candidates from at least Pennsylvania, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ga, and Wisconsin. At least a person of these legislators who spoke with Bobb and OAN refused interviews with credible retailers.
Bobb’s visitors ordinarily make their very own allegations of fraud, specific support for an “audit” of their very own point out, and really encourage other Republicans to vacation to Arizona’s “audit.” For case in point, at Bobb’s questioning, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Janel Brandtjen — who reportedly traveled to Arizona with an additional state legislator at the expense of Bobb’s fundraising — pressed for an audit in her point out for the reason that of suppositions she experienced about “this guy from New York,” a consultant who worked a polling web page in Inexperienced Bay, Wisconsin. (An OAN chyron during the interview alleged the guide was “sent” by New York, but he was employed by the city of Inexperienced Bay from a vote-by-mail nonprofit.)