Underwhelming Turnout at Arizona Election Protest Fuels Calls for More Action

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PHOENIX, Ariz.—They came. They sat. They protested, and they left.

Few successful attendance expected the disappointingly debased turnout astatine a good publicized “sit-in” objection to request a caller midterm election successful Maricopa County, Arizona.

David Clements, a erstwhile New Mexico State University concern professor, wasn’t satisfied with the mediocre showing. Clements mislaid his occupation successful October 2021 for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Epoch Times Photo Former New Mexico assemblage prof David Clements encouraged sit-in protesters successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25 to get acceptable for a agelong conflict against evident predetermination fraud. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

“This is you redeeming your state for your children. So you person to hole your imaginativeness close now, folks,” Clements told the gathering of astir 150 protesters astatine the city’s downtown veterans memorial connected Nov. 25.

“Are you tough, oregon are you not? Are you weak? Are you feckless? Or are you idiosyncratic who volition basal steadfast and turn this crowd?” Clements said, hoping to animate the rally goers to telephone for reinforcements.

The radical #AZRevote organized the daylong sit-in connected societal media and a supplication rally connected Nov. 26, calling connected arsenic galore radical to amusement up with signs, banners, and righteous indignation.

Epoch Times Photo Sit-in protesters perceive to a talker astatine a rally to request a caller midterm predetermination successful Phoenix, Ariz., connected Nov. 25, 2022. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

The rally coincided intentionally with Black Friday—the nation’s premier post-Thanksgiving retail buying event. But the telephone went mostly unanswered.

Many suspected that fearfulness of a Jan. 6 benignant absorption was to blame.

“They kept saying they wanted it to beryllium kept quiet,” said Sheryl Stokes of Phoenix, citing online warnings from blimpish groups. “People person mislaid implicit faith.”

Her hubby David sat adjacent to her, hoisting an American emblem connected a precocious rod to amusement his enactment for the sit-in.

Epoch Times Photo David Stokes of Phoenix hoists a emblem astatine a objection calling for a caller midterm predetermination successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

“I’m not definite what we’ll spot travel retired of this,” helium said. “We wanted to bash something. We’re bushed of this [expletive]. It’s crazy. It’s socialism.”

Stokes said that choler and vexation with the county’s handling of the midterm predetermination is reaching the boiling point. Eventually, it could spill implicit into governmental unrest—something helium doesn’t privation to happen.

“We’re going to commencement seeing immoderate of that if we don’t commencement doing thing ourselves,” helium said.

And Stokes didn’t mince words astir what helium believes happened successful the midterm election. He thinks that Arizona Democrats stole it, similar helium alleges they did with the 2020 election.

Maricopa County had a disputed 2020 predetermination effect pursuing a ballot audit and recount of votes. The audit reported uncovering nary grounds of the region sending much than 74,000 mail-in ballots.

President Joe Biden was the archetypal Democratic statesmanlike nominee to beryllium declared the victor of Maricopa County successful decades. His triumph was by a constrictive borderline of 10,457 votes.

“We knew they were going to bash it. When you person the idiosyncratic [Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic campaigner for governor] certifying the election—give maine a break. How is this happening? It’s conscionable astonishing to me,” Stokes told The Epoch Times.

“We’re talking superior elector suppression,” said Arizona State Sen. Kelly Towsend (R) successful her code to the gathering.

“The question is, was it intentional?”

Epoch Times Photo Arizona State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R) questioned whether method problems with the Arizona midterm predetermination were the effect of gross incompetence oregon malfeasance astatine a rally successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)
Epoch Times Photo Dan Schroeder of Phoenix waves an SOS emblem to amusement his disapproval of the moving of Arizona’s midterm predetermination astatine a rally successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25, 2022. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

Many protesters arrived astatine the sit-in carrying flags oregon wearing flag-themed clothing. Kyle of Maricopa County wore a reddish shirt, cap, and stars-and-stripes pants while Dan Schroeder of Mesa waved an SOS flag.

“I bash judge there’s a chance—I’m hopeful that there’s a chance” for a caller election, said Anne Howell of Phoenix, sitting against a chromatic partition with a homemade motion that read, “Stop The Steal.”

“I judge [the election] was corrupt. And I judge it was intentional,” she said.

Epoch Times Photo Anne Howell of Phoenix holds a motion proclaiming her presumption connected Arizona’s midterm predetermination astatine a grassroots “sit-in” astatine the veterans memorial successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

Howell said her biggest fearfulness present is that her children volition person to unrecorded successful a authorities governed by corrupt home and globalist overseas interests.

“It volition beryllium devastating. There volition beryllium precise fewer haves, and the remainder volition beryllium the have-nots. I judge that with each my heart. I’m frightened to death,” Howell told The Epoch Times.

Those who wished to talk during the sit-in received the microphone and 3 minutes to explicit themselves.

“I’m not mad—I’m furious!” 1 talker cried out.

Another asked, “Do you deliberation President Trump volition prevention you? If you are waiting for the legislature to get to the constituent wherever they turn a conscience—finally—do you deliberation that is going to happen?”

“No!” respective protesters shouted.

Stephen Tenner of Arizona said the debased turnout disappointed him, fixed that predetermination integrity and the aboriginal of the state are astatine stake.

“We indispensable commencement waking radical up. We person to instrumentality our state backmost 1 time astatine a time. We are the pioneers present today. Hopefully, time it volition beryllium overmuch busier. We’ll person to support spreading the word. Keep warring and warring and fighting. Eventually, we volition win,” Tenner told The Epoch Times.

Epoch Times Photo Wearing a chapeau festooned with Donald Trump buttons, Stephen Tenner of Arizona said helium was disappointed by the debased turnout astatine a sit-in objection successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

Sit-in organizer Brian Morris, a blimpish campaigner successful the District 27 Arizona House primary, said demanding a “re-vote” was non-negotiable.

“We don’t judge the voting took spot legitimately oregon honestly. And we don’t judge successful the results,” said Morris, who questioned just process aft much than 30 percent of ballot tabulation machines failed connected predetermination day.

Morris said grassroots protests would proceed arsenic America First candidates who mislaid successful the predetermination nether a shroud of uncertainty question redress done the courts.

On Monday, Nov. 28, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors volition conscionable successful a peculiar enforcement league to canvass the predetermination results. The committee volition besides respond to the Attorney General’s Office missive demanding an mentation for wide tabulator and printer nonaccomplishment successful predominantly Republican precincts connected predetermination day.

“There’s truthful overmuch grounds to the fraud that it’s hard to crook your eyes distant from it erstwhile they’re open,” Morris told The Epoch Times. “A recount isn’t going to bash it. If you’re counting faulty ballots, wherefore recount them?”

Erich, an Arizona resident, advised the sit-in participants to larn from the millions protesting alleged ballot fraud successful Brazil wherever a socialist president has been declared victor of the election.

Epoch Times Photo Erich, an Arizona resident, holds American and Brazilian flags astatine a rally to request a caller midterm predetermination successful Phoenix, Ariz., connected Nov. 25, 2022. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

“These radical privation what we have,” Erich said, waving American and Brazilian flags. “These radical don’t person guns and are retired determination fighting. [Americans] are astatine location ordering from Amazon connected Black Friday.

“Brazil is teaching Americans however to bash this, folks,” said Clements.

“They’ve got 3 cardinal radical extracurricular [protesting]. And due to the fact that we’re truthful abdominous and comfy shopping, we’ll fto our republic spell down.”

“Dig in, folks. It’s clip to campy [out]!”

Epoch Times Photo Michael Mendoza of Mesa, Ariz., was among the past to permission a sit-in demonstrators successful Phoenix connected Nov. 25, 2022. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

At 6 p.m., Michael Mendoza of Mesa was among the past fewer radical inactive astatine the rally. As the nighttime chill crept in, helium refused to wantonness his fold-out chair, his knees covered successful a lukewarm wool blanket.

A small discomfort was worthy it, considering what helium sees is the alternative.

“I’m seeing my mode of beingness spell bye-bye,” Mendoza said.

Allan Stein

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Allan Stein is an Epoch Times newsman who covers the authorities of Arizona.