Former Republican Arizona state Representative Anthony Kern, who spoke at Donald Trump’s “Save America” rally and participated in the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol is participating in the hand recount of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 election.
Arizona reporter Ryan Randazzo shared an image of Kern counting ballots on Friday inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Randazzo shared a series of tweets on Twitter about Kern’s participation.
Kern lost his 2020 race for re-election, but his race isn’t being recounted. The Arizona recount only covers the races for president and the U.S. Senate. Both were won by Democrats.
While Kern was in office when he signed a “joint resolution” with the state’s Republican legislators in an attempt to invalidate the state’s 2020 presidential election results.
The resolution urged Congress to reject Arizona’s electoral college votes “until a full forensic audit can be conducted.” The resolution was signed by 29 Republican state legislators.
Kern spoke to Trump supporters at Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally to help declare then-President Donald Trump as the election’s winner. Trump attempted to fight the election results in several key states, but all of his lawsuits were thrown out by judges.
Speaking at the #StopTheSteal rally at the Arizona State Capitol.
I am here to FIGHT FOR TRUMP! pic.twitter.com/HgCPaiHAgY
— Anthony Kern (@anthonykernAZ) December 19, 2020
Kern traveled to Washington D.C. on January 6 and attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally as Congress convened to certify the Electoral College votes in now President Joe Biden’s favor.
Kern also participated in the Capitol riot. Shortly after the riot ended an image of him circulated online showing him on the Capitol steps with other insurrectionists.
Later in January, investigators requested that Kern turn over his mobile devices, but he refused. Investigators wanted to examine Kern’s emails and text messages related to his travel to Washington D.C. and the day of the riot.
Kerns refused to hand over his smartphone stating at the time that it was a “personal device” and therefore not subject to public records laws. He also went on to claim that he attended the January 6 rally and protest outside the Capitol as a private citizen. However, he was a state legislator until January 11.
At one time Kern worked as a code enforcement officer for the El Mirage Police Department and was placed on the state’s Brady list, which is a list of law enforcement officers with known credibility issues.
Democratic Arizona State Representative Athena Salman has stated that she considered Kern’s participation in the audit “inappropriate.”
“You’ve got this former lawmaker who lost his last election. You’ve got someone who was an elector for Donald Trump. You’ve got someone that’s literally on the Brady list because they have a well-documented history of lying… This is one of the guys that they bring in and say, ‘That’s who we need looking at these ballots and determining whether or not these are quality votes’?” she stated.
Arizona’s audit cannot overturn the Biden presidency. Arizona’s election results were previously upheld by the state’s Republican governor, Republican secretary of state, and Republican state Supreme Court chief justice.
Two former Trump Administration heads have publicly stated that there’s no evidence to back Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud. Former Attorney General William Barr, the head of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, and Chris Krebs, the former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and a spokesperson for the Justice Department have all stated that the election was a secure one.