Former Republican Arizona spokesman Anthony Kern, who attended the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and advocated for the groundless Stop Theft movement, has been spotted counting the hands of 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots since the 2020 election г.
In Friday, Republic of Arizona reporter Ryan Randazzo took and published a photo of Kern counting the ballots at the Coliseum of Phoenix Veterans for the audit audit in Maricopa County.
Kern lost his re-election race in 2020, but his race is not retold. The Arizona census covers only the US presidential and Senate contests. Both were won by the Democrats.
Kern’s involvement raised eyebrows because while serving as a state representative, he signed a “joint resolution”
The resolution called on the US Congress to reject the votes of Arizona election colleges “until a full judicial audit can be conducted.” It was signed by 29 Republican lawmakers, almost half of the GOP parliamentary group.
The resolution of December 2020 also says that the results of the elections in the country must be considered unconvincing. At the time of the resolution, however, all 15 state districts and state election officials had already certified the results.
Kern spoke at the Stop Theft rally on December 19, 2020, to help declare then-President Donald Trump the winner of the election. Trump lost more than 7 million popular votes and 74 electoral votes. The results were repeatedly confirmed in court and certified by all 50 states as legal and final after numerous censuses and audits.
However, on January 6, Kern traveled to Washington to attend Trump’s Stop the Theft rally while Congress held its final certification of the election results.
A photo from the same day appeared showing Kern wearing a coat and tie on the Capitol stairs among the rebels. On this day, uprisings robbed the Capitol as they tried to undo the results of the 2020 election.
In January, Kern refused to hand over his mobile device so investigators could view his emails and text messages related to his trip to Washington that day.
Kearns said his smartphone was a “personal device” and therefore not subject to public record laws. He also claims to have attended the rally and protest in front of the Capitol on January 6 as a private citizen. However, he remained an active legislator until Jan. 11, when the new Arizona legislature was sworn in.
During Kern’s work as a code enforcement officer at the El Mirage Police Department, he was included in Brady’s list of state officials, a list of law enforcement officials with some credibility issues, according to The Daily Beast.
Democratic Arizona spokeswoman Athena Salman, a member of the state house’s government and election commission, told the aforementioned publication that she considered Kern’s involvement in the audit “inappropriate.”
“You have this former MP who lost his last election. You have someone who was a Donald Trump voter. You have someone who is literally on Brady’s list because he has a well-documented history of lying. This is one of the guys who they insert and say, “Is this the person who has to look at these ballots and determine if they are quality votes or not?”
The county audit will not overturn Biden’s presidency alone. The results of the Arizona election were previously confirmed by the Republican governor, the Republican secretary of state, and the president of the Republican State Supreme Court.
More than 60 election fraud lawsuits filed by the campaign by Trump and Republican officials have been fired or withdrawn from the courts for lack of evidence.
Two former heads of the Trump administration also said there was no evidence of election theft. Both former Attorney General William Barr, head of the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, and Chris Krebs, former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the federal agency responsible for maintaining election security, said .
Newsweek contacted the Republican Party of Arizona for comment.