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Election 2020: Arizona certifies its results, declaring Biden victory in the state

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Officials in the swing state of Arizona on Monday officially certified its presidential election results, confirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the state over President Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Robert Brutinel (R) all attended the event to sign the documents officially declaring that Biden had won the Grand Canyon State by 10,000 votes. While Trump continues to challenge the results and refuses conceding the election, Hobbs and Ducey at the election officiation event both stated that their state’s election was accurate and secure.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges, Arizonans showed up for our democracy,” Hobbs said.

“Every Arizona voter has my thanks and should know that they can stand proud that this election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona’s laws and elections procedures despite numerous unfounded claims to the contrary,” Hobbs added.

“The system is strong, and that is why I have bragged on it so much,” Ducey also said.

This follows a pair of Trump’s attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, recently taking part in an unofficial hearing organized by some Arizona GOP lawmakers. The two pressed the swing state to ignore certifying the results and have the Republican-controlled state legislature appoint its own delegation of Electoral College electors, but legal scholars have heavily scrutinized such an action and doubt that this move would hold up legally.

So far, Trump’s legal challenges have been unsuccessful in changing the results of the divisive presidential election.

This election carries historical significance, in that Arizona has only chosen a Democrat for president once since 1972, which was back in 1996 when then-incumbent President Bill Clinton easily defeated Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole.

Additionally, officials certified the results of the U.S. Senate race, which confirmed astronaut Mark Kelly’s (D) victory over incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R), who was appointed in 2019 to fill the vacant position after the death of longtime Sen. John McCain (R). Kelly is also the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot and almost died in a 2011 assassination attempt that saw six people killed.

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Federal Reserve Economist on hidden camera: ‘we don’t want Trump to be in the government’

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Hidden Camera captures Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve talking about Jerome Powell’s legacy as “somebody who held the line against like, Trump.” According to hidden camera footage of Aurel Hizmo, principal economist at the Federal Reserve, the U.S. agency could have fixed inflation a while ago but refused to do so for fear of hurting President Joe Biden’s re-election efforts.

Hizmo told an undercover reporter that the Fed stopped raising the rates to tackle inflation because it could cause a recession that would likely end Biden’s 2024 campaign.

The influential agency responsible for maintaining a stable monetary system appears to not just be establishing interest rates, but to be setting policies for desired social outcomes. “Under Powell, the Fed has changed to think about equity issues, like racial issues, think about wealth inequality as part of the mandate, as part of the things we are following. Think about climate change.” Aurel Hizmo, Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve, who prior to working at the Fed was an Assistant Professor helps write speeches for Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell for the Federal Open Market Committee.

Hizmo says “Trump is just a crazy person” and conservatives are “dumb” as he describes to OMG’s American Swiper Citizen Journalist a politicized Federal Reserve Board where Powell has promoted ESG issues like climate change and “wants to be remembered in history” “as a savior.” But shhh…don’t tell anyone because Hizmo says: “I’m just really worried that I’m saying stuff that’s classified…It’s all classified.”

 

 

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