PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Former President Donald Trump has made his feelings about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey clear once again. Although he shut down his blog Wednesday, according to CBS News, he used it to take another shot at Ducey.
"Incredible to see that RINO Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona just vetoed a bit that would have outlawed Critical Race Theory training for State employees, and another that would have banned the mailing of ballots to citizens who never requested them. He did this under the guise of passing a budget," reads a letter dated June 2, 2021. "For those of you who think Doug Ducey is good for Arizona, you are wrong."
RINO is an acronym for "Republican in name only," referring to politicians who are registered Republicans but whom some believe position themselves with policies and values more consistent with Democrats.
Although loyal to Trump during his term, Ducey has found himself in the former president's crosshairs more than once in the wake of the 2020 election, which Trump continues to claim was stolen from him. Ducey and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs certified Arizona's election results on Nov. 30, 2020, much to Trump's dismay.
"Our Country needs Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has done little so far on Voter Integrity and the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, to step it up – but patriotic Republicans in the State Senate are making up for unelectable RINOs," Wednesday's message read. Brnovich was the topic of a post by Trump on May 22.
"As massive crime in the 2020 Election is becoming more and more evident and obvious, Brnovich is nowhere to be found," Trump's statement reads. "He is always on television promoting himself, but never mentions the Crime of the Century, that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, which was Rigged and Stolen. Arizona was a big part and Brnovich must put himself in gear, or no Arizona Republican will vote for him in the upcoming elections."
Arizona's Republicans in the Senate commissioned an unprecedented audit, including a hand recount, of the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election. While the audit has drawn praise from Republicans throughout the country and prompted many Republican leaders to visit Arizona, Democrats have decried it.