Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said on Tuesday the Republican Party stands for "law and order," rebuffing the sentiment of a tweet by his state party that asked supporters if they were willing to die to overturn President Donald Trump's election loss.
The official Arizona Republican Party Twitter account had earlier retweeted a post by right-wing activist Ali Alexander, in which he pledged that he was "willing to give up my life for this fight."
The state party responded in a tweet, saying: "He is. Are you?"
The tweet was roundly condemned by pundits and politicians. MSNBC's Joy Reid reacted saying, "Donald Trump is the Jim Jones of American politics. And this kind of thing is the result." Meghan McCain replied, "If you guys need me to jump in and take over your twitter account for the day so you're not nationally trending for embarrassing reasons, I'm here...."
Ducey, who has been criticized by fellow Republican Trump for not doing to enough undo Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Arizona, said on Twitter: "The Republican Party is the party of the Constitution and the rule of law.
"We prioritize public safety, law & order, and we respect the law enforcement officers who keep us safe. We don't burn stuff down. We build things up," he said.
Arizona GOP chairwoman Kelli Ward told Dcuey to "#STHU," or shut the hell up after he defended certifying the state's election results for Biden. Ducey responded, "I think what I would say is the feeling's mutual to her, and practice what you preach."
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Trump's legal team has continued to pursue efforts to overturn the Nov. 3 election results in Arizona, even though Biden won the state by more than 10,000 votes.
Biden overall won 306 electoral votes - exceeding the necessary 270 - compared with Trump's 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the election's outcome. The former vice president is also winning the national popular vote by more than 7 million votes. He is set to take office on Jan. 20.
But the president's supporters have been backing Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud and have rallied across battleground states to protest the outcome.
The Arizona Republican Party has been active on Twitter in recent days. "Live a life of service to a cause greater than yourself," it tweeted on Tuesday.
In a now-deleted tweet from Monday, the party posted a movie scene from "Rambo" featuring the quote: "This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something."
Asked about the tweets, state party spokesman Zach Henry said: "The Republican Party of Arizona condemns all forms of violence in the strongest terms."
He said the party took down the Rambo post because of concerns about copyright and fair-use law.