The Arizona Republican Party has asked its followers if they are willing to die for the cause of overturning the presidential election results, eliciting alarm and criticism from within and outside the GOP.
The party retweeted right-wing activist Ali Alexander’s promise that he is “willing to give my life for this fight.”
“He is. Are you?” the state GOP added.
The party then posted a clip from the movie “Rambo”, highlighting the quote: “This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something.”
He is. Are you? https://t.co/OY8qxNMPxm
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) December 8, 2020
A handful of users replied they were indeed willing to give their lives to the cause.
But the majority of respondents — which included voters, lawmakers and pundits — rebuked the posts as the latest escalation in violent rhetoric this campaign season.
Arizona was the site of a deadly mass shooting in 2011 when a man attacked then-Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords outside of a grocery store, killing six in the process.
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain, daughter of late Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), slammed the tweet, writing: “‘Die for Trump’ is the official ‘AZ GOP’ twitter message? Really guys? Really?”
"Die for Trump" is the official "AZ GOP" twitter message? Really guys? Really? https://t.co/S2jXNx2GD3
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 8, 2020