The most ludicrous conspiracy theory yet in the ongoing Arizona recount unfolded this week after Republicans started a wild search for bamboo — yes, bamboo — in the ballots cast in Maricopa County.
A man named John Brakey, the founder of a group called AUDIT USA, which is involved in the recount process, laid out the bamboo theory during an interview with a local CBS TV reporter named Dennis Welch (video below.)
“There’s accusations that 40,000 ballots were flown in and it was stuffed in the box … and it came from the southeast part of the world … Asia,” Brakey explained before adding: “What they’re doing is to find out whether it is bamboo in the paper.”
Of course, there is zero evidence that 40,000 ballots — bamboo-laced or not! — were “flown in and stuffed in the box,” in the words of Brakey. None.
John Brakey, an official helping oversee the audit of the 2020 Arizona election, says auditors are looking for bamboo fibers because of a baseless accusation that 40K ballots from Asia were smuggled here. #AzAuditPool pic.twitter.com/57UOBYIehg
— Dennis Welch (@dennis_welch) May 5, 2021