A GOP Arizona state senator who initially supported a forensic election audit in Maricopa County has since become one of his party’s most ardent critics of the process.
In response to his vocal opposition to the audit, former President Donald Trump issued a statement slamming the Republican lawmaker.
“Boyer has been nothing but trouble”
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump referred to state Sen. Paul Boyer using the acronym for “Republican In Name Only.”
For his part, Boyer fired back with an insulting statement of his own aimed at the former president.
Trump released his missive through his Save America PAC, writing: “Republican Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer, a RINO if there ever was one, is doing everything in his power to hold up the damning Forensic Audit of Maricopa County which has been taking place over the last 90 days.”
He went on to insist that the “people of Arizona are demanding” an audit of November’s presidential race.
“Boyer has been nothing but trouble, and nobody knows why,” Trump said. “All we demand is Voter Integrity!”
“Strong and highly respected challenger”
The statement included kind words for former state Rep. Anthony Kern, the “strong and highly respected challenger” to Boyer in the upcoming Republican primary race.
Kern joined in the conversation with a statement touting the tacit endorsement, writing: “Thank you President Trump!”
Boyer chimed in with a tweet mocking Trump’s incomplete border wall, social media ban, and allegations that auditors had been searching for bamboo in ballots suspected of being imported from China.
“Had Trump built the wall like he promised, perhaps he could’ve prevented the 40k #BambooBallots from being imported into Arizona,” Boyer tweeted. “And if he hadn’t started an insurrection in D.C. and gotten kicked off here, I could’ve responded directly to him. So there’s that.”
The commentary that appears to have drawn Trump’s ire came in the form of a statement to The New York Times in which Boyer said of the audit: “It makes us look like idiots. Looking back, I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point.”