Trump is still fuming that GOP Gov. Doug Ducey didn't back his claims of election fraud, reportedly telling allies he may travel to Arizona to campaign against him

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President Donald Trump (left) and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey disembark from Air Force One upon arrival in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 23, 2020.
President Donald Trump and Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona leave Air Force One in Phoenix on June 23. SAUL LOEB / AFP
  • Trump is angry with Gov. Doug Ducey for not backing attempts to overturn Biden's win in the state.

  • Trump threatened to campaign for a Democrat if Ducey ran for Senate, sources told The Daily Beast.

  • Allies think that Trump couldn't have been serious, The Daily Beast reported.

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Former President Donald Trump is still so angry with Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona that he has told allies he might travel to Arizona to campaign against him, The Daily Beast reported on Monday.

Trump released two statements last week slamming Ducey for not backing Republicans' attempts to overturn President Joe Biden's victory in Arizona in November.

Republicans in Arizona recently hired a Florida company, Cyber Ninjas, to recount about 2 million ballots cast in Maricopa County. Trump has long claimed, without evidence, that the result was fraudulent.

Trump's anger at Ducey, whose second term as governor ends next year, has spilled into private conversations, The Daily Beast reported.

In one example, Trump told associates that he would be open to traveling to Arizona to campaign for Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly if Ducey ran for Senate in 2022, sources told The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast described its sources as skeptical that Trump was serious about campaigning for a Democrat. Ducey also told The New York Times in January that he would not run for a Senate seat in 2022.

The offices of Trump and Ducey did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Cindy McCain and Ducey in November 2018. AP Photo/Matt York

Trump's post-presidential office said in a statement on Friday, according to The Hill: "The Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has been shockingly of zero help to the State Senate. He wants to 'pretend' the election was free and fair. What are he and the Maricopa County Commissioners trying to hide?"

In a statement on Saturday, Trump said Ducey should be helping protect the private firm the GOP had hired to conduct the recount.

"The Republican Party is demanding that Governor Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election. Governor Ducey will be held fully responsible for the safety of those involved," he said.

Trump first took issue with Ducey in November after the governor certified Biden's election victory.

"Arizona will not forget what Ducey just did," Trump said at the time.

During the election certification, Ducey defended the integrity of the system, saying: "We do elections well here in Arizona. The system is strong."

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