Trump Fans Chant 'Decertify' at Arizona Rally, Echoing His Allies' Cries

Supporters of Donald Trump in Arizona called for the results in the election which took place more than 14 months ago to somehow be decertified, a cry once again being pushed by some of the former president's conspiracy theorist allies.

The crowd at Trump's rally in the town of Florence on Saturday could be heard chanting "decertify" as they apparently continue to believe the 2020 election was rigged against Trump in favor of Joe Biden because of widespread voter fraud.

State Senator Wendy Rogers, who has embraced extremists and supporters of the radical QAnon conspiracy theory, led the crowd with a "decertify" chant during her talk at Trump's rally.

"Arizona is a red state," Rogers said. "We are not turning purple."

Rogers previously launched a petition to get the election results finalized by Congress to be voided, which she said went on to attract more than a million signatures.

The calls for the election results to somehow be decertified so they no longer declare Biden the winner—an occurrence which has no constitutional or legal basis—were being shared in Arizona after again being pushed by some of Trump's staunchest allies.

Steve Bannon, former White House adviser under Trump, said during his War Room podcast that the rally was part of Trump's plans to "kick off" the decertification process in Arizona, a state which for several months was the focus of audits that failed to prove any evidence of widespread voter fraud claims.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tweeted out Bannon's remarks on January 15, saying they were a "declaration of war on democracy."

Swalwell added: "We are in the endgame. We can resurrect democracy or lose it forever."

The day after the rally, Bannon posted on conservative social media site Gettr: "The Decertification Process now starts; Campaign 2022 now starts."

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the main pushers of the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was plagued with voter fraud, also made similar claims that the election results somehow no longer declare Biden the winner during his talk in Arizona.

"We all know what happened and it's all going to get corrected," Lindell told the crowd. "And it's all been on God's timing, not our timing."

Unsurprisingly, the main figure who is pushing the false narrative that Arizona and other states could "decertify" 2020's election results for the past several months is Trump himself.

"The Arizona Legislature (and other States!) should, at a minimum, decertify the Election," Trump said in a September 2021 statement. "The American people deserve an answer, now!"

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, has already rejected any possibility that his state's election results could be overturned despite the demands from Trump and his allies.

"When it comes to the audit, like the three audits that preceded it, it's now over. The outcome stands and the 2020 election in Arizona is over," Ducey tweeted in reference to an audit in Maricopa County which not only found Biden still won, but Trump had actually received fewer votes than in the original count.

"There will be no decertification of the 2020 election—the audit does not call for one, and even if it had, there is no lawful way to decertify. As we have every step of the way, Arizona will follow the law," Ducey added.

Adav Noti, senior director for the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, previously told CNN that there is no legal mechanism to undo the election results in any state after Trump supporters were calling Arizona to do so in September 2021.

"The Constitution and federal law establish a very clear timeframe for holding presidential elections, and determining the results and implementing them," Noti said. "And it would clearly violate the constitution and federal law for a state to try to change its results now."

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Former President Donald Trump tosses a MAGA hat to the crowd before speaking at a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds on January 15, 2022 in Florence, Arizona. Mario Tama/Getty Images

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