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Arizona state senator touts appearance on network that warned against ‘Jewish tyrants’

Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican, appeared on an antisemitic online TV network last week to promote the state’s baseless 2020 election audit.

The appearance, originally reported by a Twitter account called AZ Right Wing Watch and later covered by the left-leaning watchdog Media Matters, featured Rogers in an interview with the white nationalist Lauren Witzke and a co-host, Edward Szall on TruNews. That network is infamous for a segment about a “Jew coup” against former president Donald Trump, claims that “seditious Jews” were behind the impeachment process and most recently, a statement from the platform’s founder that “the American people are being oppressed by Jewish tyrants.”

Rogers, who represents Arizona’s sixth district in the state senate, which includes Flagstaff, went on the program to discuss the weeks-long review of 2.1 million votes in Arizona’s Maricopa County, which President Joe Biden won by more than 45,000 votes. A Phoenix judge threw out an early effort to audit a larger share of ballots in the county, and Scott Jarrett, the county’s director of election day and emergency voting, said last November that Republicans and Democrats who tested the ballots “themselves found zero variance” in the results.

The Trump White House came under fire in early 2020 for granting TruNews press credentials for Trump’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The then-president also took a question from a TruNews reporter in 2018 during a press conference and Donald Trump Jr. interviewed with TruNews in 2019.

TruNews was formally rebuked by two members of Congress in 2019 after the network’s host, Pastor Rick Wiles, said that “when Jews take over a country,” “they kill millions of Christians.” Rogers, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has said she is a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group that showed up in force at the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

The June 18 TruNews appearance was highlighted on Rogers’ website, with an invitation to “Watch her appearance below.”

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