Rudy Giuliani Says Corruption 'Not All on the Democrat Side' as Arizona Gov. Defends Election Result

Arizona's Republican governor Doug Ducey has defended the integrity of his state's election as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested that even his own GOP was complicit in "corruption" in swaying the result.

On Monday, Ducey certified President-elect Joe Biden had become the first Democrat to win the Grand Canyon State for 24 years. After the certification which included the formal recognition of the victory of Democratic Senator-elect Mark Kelly, Trump accused Ducey of "rushing to put a Democrat in office," tweeting that "Republicans will long remember."

At a hotel in Phoenix on Monday, Giuliani held a makeshift hearing alleging that the result had been marred by fraud and so members of the State Legislature should disregard the results of the election. He also alleged that "illegal aliens" may have flooded the polls, Arizona Republic reported.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey at the White House April 03, 2019 in Washington, D.C. He has defended the integrity of his state's election after attacks from President Donald Trump. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Giuliani later tweeted: "It may be that the corruption is not all on the Democrat side? I've always believed there is an equal distribution of virtue and vice for both Republicans and Democrats."

In another tweet, he said: "Governor Ducey of Arizona refuses to meet with me. He doesn't want to explain that he selected a foreign corrupt Voting Machine company to count the vote. I understand his reluctance, but just call a special session. Let's find out how crooked your election really was?"

However, Ducey took to Twitter to defend the election result against attacks from the Trump team, saying that his state had "some of the strongest election laws in the country."

It may be that the corruption is not all on the Democrat side?

I've always believed there is an equal distribution of virtue and vice for both Republicans and Democrats.

— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 1, 2020

The canvass of the election triggers a 5-day window for any elector to bring a credible challenge to the election results in court. If you want to contest the results, now is the time. Bring your challenges. 8/

— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 1, 2020

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Ducey said that there was ID at the polls and that unlike other states that used computers, "every single" signature is reviewed on early ballots by hand. He also pointed to how there were poll observers from both parties, clear deadlines and no ballots allowed after Election Day.

He added that "the problems that exist in other states simply don't apply here," and that the law requires the Secretary of State, in the presence of the Governor and the Attorney General, to canvass the election on the fourth Monday following the general election.

"This can ONLY be delayed if counties DECLINE to certify their results. ALL 15 counties in Arizona—counties run by both parties—certified their results," he tweeted.

"The canvass of the election triggers a 5-day window for any elector to bring a credible challenge to the election results in court. If you want to contest the results, now is the time. Bring your challenges," he said, "that's the law. I've sworn an oath to uphold it, and I take my responsibility seriously."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes and the shift to blue was largely because of Maricopa County, which went to a Democrat for the first time since 1948.

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