Washington (CNN)The Republican official who heads Maricopa County, Arizona’s election department offered a forceful defense of his office on Monday after former President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the county’s “entire Database” had been deleted.
“At some point, we are humans, it has to stop,” Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.”
“There are good people working here in Maricopa County, and I was tired of them being defamed,” he said. “That’s my team. That’s my office. That’s my friends.”
His comments come after Trump on Saturday falsely claimed in a statement that the “entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!” Richter responded by calling the claim “unhinged” on Twitter.
“I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now,” he wrote. “We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country.”
Trump’s statement amplified claims made by Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann in a letter last week that a screenshot offered evidence that election files had been deleted. Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors — four out of f
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