Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is catching so much alt-right flack over an old tweet — in which she accused President Trump of having a “neo-Nazi base” — that her office has reached out to state anti-terrorism experts, according to a report.
Hobbs’ office has been targeted with threatening calls by some of Trump’s staunchest supporters, who accuse her of bias in overseeing the state’s presidential election results.
The newly-surfaced 2017 tweet — in which she blasted the president for “pandering to his neo-Nazi base,” added fuel to that fire, the Arizona Mirror reported.
Hobbs, a Democrat, continues to deny that her political views played any role in certifying that President-elect Joe Biden had won the state, the Arizona Mirror reported.
“I took an oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution of Arizona and the United States of America and my personal views have not intervened with my job for the state of Arizona,” she said Friday, adding that “as chief elections officer, I have restrained myself many, many times.”
But others said that her tweet in the aftermath of the deadly 2017 alt-right riot in Charlottesville suggests otherwise.
In the tweet, she wrote that Trump “has made it abundantly clear he’s more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans.”
“That doesn’t seem like someone who should be in charge of certifying election results,” wrote one Twitter user on Thursday.
With the tweet making rounds again online, Hobbs declined to apologize and said she stands by the three-year-old sentiment.
“My tweet was not directed at all conservatives, it was not directed at all the president’s supporters,” Hobbs told the Mirror.
Callers to her office are now redirected to an automated answering system, the paper reported.
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