Not content with peddling conspiracy theories about voter fraud in the United States, Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers is now exporting her own brand of Nutella to France, which ended her presidential run on Sunday. .
That night, Rogers regurgitated a stolen election trope on Twitter. That’s nothing new for the first-term Republican from Flagstaff, but this time she wasn’t talking about Arizona or the United States.
Against the backdrop of war in Ukraine, a national housing crisis and growing support for far-left candidates among notoriously apathetic young voters in France, incumbent President Emmanuel Macron beat right-wing leader Marine Le Pen for becoming the first French president in two decades to win a second term.
Le Pen’s bleached-blonde hair and “France First” rallying cry recall the emerging “America First” slogan popularized by former President Donald Trump. Indeed, Le Pen has been nicknamed “the French Donald Trump”.
Mirroring American political theatre, Macron’s wife Brigitte has been disparagingly labeled a male-born transgender woman thanks to a bizarre disinformation campaign linked to Le Pen’s National Rally party.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama was the victim of a similar disinformation campaign that resurfaced during the 2020 US presidential election.
Macron won by a comfortable margin of 17 percentage points, securing 58.5% of the national vote. Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party again garnered record support with 41.5% of the vote.
And here the parallels, not to mention irony or hypocrisy, continue.
“Macron stole the election” Rogers tweeted Sunday evening. “Dig deeper our fellow French patriots!” You know how to party like it’s 1776.
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Macron stole the election. Let’s deepen our fellow French patriots! You know how to party like it’s 1776.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) April 25, 2022
Historical Note, Wendy: The French weren’t partying in 1976. It took another 13 years under their tyrant king before the French Revolution broke out in 1789. It ushered in what historians have dubbed the Reign of Terror , guillotines and all.
But no matter all that. Rogers’ critique of the current French democratic process is puzzling, given his record in the Senate.
Two months ago, she introduced Senate Bill 1338, which would require all ballots in Arizona to be counted by hand, and touted it as the safest way to conduct elections. Now Rogers is pointing the finger at France for botching its election security details.
Even after France staged the election using only hand-counted paper ballots, Rogers said she sensed a rigged contest, proving conspiracy theories of right-wing US voter fraud transcended borders. international and expiry dates. Call it Bull Without Borders.
The only voting methods authorized by the French Constitutional Council were voting in person and by proxy. Several experts have denied the theory that unvaccinated people would not be able to access polling stations.
Each of France’s 48.7 million registered voters in 12 time zones on seven continents deposited paper ballots in envelopes behind the curtains of voting booths over the weekend.
French voters are required to show identification to vote.
Election experts have also warned that most accusations of voter fraud are the result of disinformation campaigns, many of which are aimed at undermining citizens’ trust in the electoral process. The French Ministry of the Interior explained that in France, “no fraud has been reported” and “the risks of fraud have never been proven”.
France banned postal voting in 1975 due to fears of potential electoral fraud.
Rogers named Doug Logan, CEO of the now defunct Cyber Ninjas, hired by the Arizona Senate in March 2021 to recount more than 2 million votes in Maricopa County, as his inspiration for the drafting legislation that would reflect the Arizona and French electoral processes.
This is despite the partisan-funded and widely ridiculed audit reaffirming President Joe Biden’s 10,000-vote victory in the Grand Canyon state.
“It takes out the machines,” Rogers said in remarks on his bill. reported by the Associated Press in February. “When I interviewed cybercrime expert Doug Logan…he told me that the biggest takeaway from the audit was that the more technology we use, the more chance there is of to cheat.”
And now, Windy Wendy, for an encore?