The total cost of the ridiculous ballot audit taking place in Arizona is now over $150,000 – money that could have been better spent doing literally anything else in Arizona. And the saddest part for Republicans is that they spent all of this money just to once again prove that Donald Trump didn’t win the state of Arizona in the 2020 election. The whole effort backfired spectacularly, but it is incredibly unlikely that any of these Republicans walked away having learned a lesson. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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The state of Arizona is still doing their ridiculous little audit of 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County. Even though, as we mentioned, the ballots from Maricopa have already been audited. They’ve been recounted. They have been looked at from every possible angle, including by Republicans, and they’ve all determined every single time that, hey, Joe Biden actually won the state of Arizona. Nevertheless, the Republican controlled legislature hired a conspiracy theorist from the state of Florida who knows nothing about ballot audits to do this ballot audit. And do you know what it’s cost the taxpayers of the state of Arizona here, $150,000. The state of Arizona paid this scumbag from Florida $150,000 just to make Donald Trump feel a little better. But to ultimately prove to him again, that, yeah, dude, you totally lost the state of Arizona.

I mean, how many more times does Trump need to lose Arizona? Because he’s already lost it three times and that’s assuming we’re putting all of the audits and all of the recounts into their own categories. You know, if we broke them down into separate individual ones, he would have lost the state of Arizona multiple times. But he has lost the state of Arizona three times already. He’s about to lose it a fourth with this recount. Yet these idiot Republicans that run the state of Arizona, or at least the state legislature, said let’s spend $150,000. We’ll send it to this conspiracy, Trump loving conspiracy theorist from Florida, who’s never done ballot audits and uh, sure. What could go wrong? Oh no. Trump lost again. I guess that’s what went wrong, you morons. You knew this was going to happen because you knew you were spreading the lie.

You had seen the previous audits. You had seen the recounts. You knew this was happening. Not to mention the fact that you knew, even if you found something, you couldn’t do anything about it. These people are idiots and now these people are idiots wasting the taxpayer’s dollars in the state of Arizona just to make Donald Trump feel a little better. And it’s ridiculous. It’s a waste of time. It’s a waste of money. And as I predicted all they did was proved that Donald Trump lost the state of Arizona, I think now he’s lost Arizona more than anybody else who’s ever run for president, because you lost it four times in one year. So congratulations, Trump. You’re an even bigger loser than you would have been if you would have let it all go.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced