Donald Trump attacked former ally, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, after Ducey was filmed ignoring the president’s call and sending it to voicemail (Pictures: AP/Twitter)
Donald Trump launched a furious tirade against a govenor who was previously one of his firmest allies after the politician was apparently filmed ignoring his call.
The President of the United States lashed out hours after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey took his ringing phone out of his pocket and set it face-down on a desk while certifying his state’s election result on Monday. That Joe Biden named as winner in a state Trump carried with ease in 2016.
Ducey had previously told reporters he’d given Trump and Vice President Mike Pence a personalized ‘Hail to the Chief’ ringtone so he could instantly identify their calls, with the same song heard ringing out as Ducey let the call go to voicemail.
Vice President Pence has made no mention of Arizona’s results since the election, but Trump has had plenty to say on the Grand Canyon State.
Another video filmed shortly afterwards appears to pick up the sound of Ducey’s silenced phone vibrating with a phone call on the desk he had set it on, although it is unclear whether that was also the president.
President Trump later hit out at his fellow Republican while calling into electoral fraud hearing in Arizona, saying: ‘Arizona will not forget what Ducey just did, we’re not going to forget the people of Arizona, we had some of the greatest rallies we ever had.
‘We didn’t lose the state, we won it by a lot.’ Trump also launched a Twitter attack on Ducey later on Monday evening, writing: ‘Who needs Democrats when you have Republicans like Brian Kemp and Doug Ducey?’
Kemp is the governor of Georgia, another traditionally Republican state lost to Biden’s Democrats in this year’s election.
Ducey has since defended his state’s electoral count, which saw Biden beat President Trump by close to 10,500 votes.
Arizona’s Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix, is credited with helping the Democrats to what is only their second victory in the Grand Canyon State in 60 years.
The state witnessed a surge of younger, liberal voters who picked Biden, with Trump also accused of neglecting Arizona while on the campaign trail.
Trump and his team have made a series of unproven electoral fraud claims involving allegations of secret vote counts, and voting machines rigged in favor of Biden.
Biden was called as winner of Arizona very early on election night, with Trump-supporting network Fox News one of the first forecasters to predict a Biden win.
That is said to have left the president and his team incandescent with fury, and allegedly saw Trump call Rupert Murdoch with an unsuccessful plea to have the forecast rescinded.
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