The Arizona Republican Party, in an early move Saturday, approved resolutions censuring the government. Doug duceyDoug Ducey National Guardsmen Begin Leaving Washington Following Cindy McCain’s Controversial Deployment Over Possible GOP Censorship: “ I Think I’ll Make T-Shirts ” Arizona GOP Governor to attend inauguration of Biden PLUS (R), former GOP Senator. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden ushered in Biden’s inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Schumer becomes new Senate Majority Leader MORE and Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Arizona Sen. John mccainJohn Sidney McCainWhoopi Goldberg wears ‘my vice president’ jersey the day after his Budowsky inauguration: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Schumer becomes new Senate Majority Leader MORE (R).
The public reprimands, which are largely symbolic, came after McCain and Flake endorsed President Biden in the 2020 election. The party cited Ducey’s coronavirus restrictions as the reason for its censorship.
Arizona Republic reported resolution to convict Ducey enforced emergency safety rules “restrict personal freedoms and force respect for unconstitutional decrees.”
Meanwhile, the party at its statewide meeting on Saturday argued that McCain “supported globalist policies and candidates” and “condemned President TrumpDonald Trump McCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he did not agree with his articles of impeachment against Biden Biden, Trudeau agreed to meet next month Trump was planning to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: PLUS report for her criticism of her husband and his misplaced behaviors on the actual presidential results. “
The GOP State has stated that Flake has “condemned the Republican Party, rejected populism and rejected the interests of the American people over globalist interests,” adding that Flake should join the Democratic Party.
Contacted by The Hill, Flake repeated a statement he posted on Twitter earlier this month, when the censure resolutions were first announced: “If it is necessary to forgive the behavior of the President to stay in the good graces of the Party, I am very well on the sidelines.
Following the party vote on Sunday, Flake tweeted a photo of himself posing with McCain and Ducey at Biden’s inauguration this week, with the caption “Good Company”.
Good company pic.twitter.com/1pdgVGE5Ps
– Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 24, 2021
Biden won the state of Arizona in the 2020 election against Trump, the first time a Democrat has done so in more than 20 years. Biden defeated Maricopa County, the most populous region in the state, over the Republican president in a victory that helped him achieve the victory.
McCain and his family have criticized Trump in the past, and the late senator has caught the former president’s ire while serving in the Senate.
Cindy McCain honored her late husband’s friendship with Biden in a video released at the Democratic National Convention in August 2020. Her husband and Biden’s son Beau, died from the same form of brain cancer.
Flake, who retired from the Senate in 2019, previously ran a political ad for Biden ahead of the election, stating that to hold the high post, “character matters.”
Sara Mueller, political director of Ducey, said in a statement to The Hill that she believes censorship will carry little weight.
“These resolutions are of no consequence, and the people who support them have lost what little moral authority they once had,” she said.
The McCain Institute did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.
However, shortly after the Arizona GOP resolution was approved, McCain tweeted that she wore censorship as a “badge of honor.”
“It is a great honor to be part of a group of Arizonans who have served our state and nation so well … and who, like my late husband John, have been censored by AZGOP. I will wear this as a badge of honor, ”she said.
It is a great honor to be part of a group of Arizonans who have served our state and nation so well … and who, like my late husband John, have been censored by AZGOP. I will wear this as a badge of honor.
– Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) January 24, 2021
The Arizona GOP also did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for additional comments on the votes.
The censures came near the end of the seven-hour Arizona GOP meeting, in which the party also voted to re-elect Kelli Ward for another two-year term as the organization’s president after having made a recorded phone call from Trump supporting her, according to The New York Times.
The Arizona GOP, after the 2020 election, repeated allegations of voter fraud in the state, though these were later challenged by local courts, and Ward and other Arizona Republicans increasingly aligned with Trump.
Updated at 22:12