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Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward stands by tweets about nurses at protest

Apr 29, 2020, 12:45 PM | Updated: 12:54 pm
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PHOENIX – The chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party doubled down Wednesday on her belief that people wearing nurse uniforms at a state Capitol rally may have been fake.

Dr. Kelli Ward’s April 21 tweets implied that people dressed in scrubs and masks at coronavirus-related rally a day earlier were not actually health care workers.

“I don’t feel bad,” the former state senator told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show about her tweets, one of which encouraged anyone attending future protests to dress like a medical worker.

Hundreds of demonstrators in Phoenix marched against the coronavirus restrictions put in by place by Gov. Doug Ducey. A number of health care workers gathered to support the social distancing guidelines and restrictions on businesses.

“Give me a break. Not anybody thinks that every person that was there standing in those scrubs that were exactly the same, with the same sunglasses, in the same age range … were all actually health care workers,” Ward said.

One counterprotester wearing a face mask held a sign that read, “We know you’re frustrated but we need your help #pleasestayhome.”



Another, Phoenix nurse Lauren Leander said hearing protesters shout at the medical workers was disheartening.

“As a nurse, it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like the enemy,” Leander told The Broomhead Show on Friday.

Ward added health care workers, “had a right to protest just like everybody else.”

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A local caregiver counter protester, right, points to a protester to keep a safe social distance at a rally at the capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Protesters rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Department of Public Safety police officers watch protesters rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Protesters rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Protesters listen to speakers at a rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Caregivers stand in front of protesters at the main entrance to the Arizona Capitol at a rally to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Protesters rally at the Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A protester, right, in support of ending the stay-at-home orders drives past the Arizona Capitol as he yells at a counter-protesting caregiver, left, at a rally at the capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Protesters rally at the Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A protester attends a rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, with unidentified bodyguards behind him, addresses protesters at the state Capitol in Cheyenne on Monday, April 20, 2020. The crowd of about 100 people were protesting business and school shutdowns to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver) A protester, right, attending rally at the Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus argues with a caregiver, left, about the protest Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A Department of Public Safety police officer stands in front of the Arizona House of Representatives building as protesters rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Counter-protesting caregivers stand across from a protester rallying at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, right, with an unidentified bodyguard left, reads a prayer to protesters at the state Capitol in Cheyenne on Monday, April 20, 2020. The crowd of about 100 people were protesting school and business shutdowns to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver) Protesters carry weapons at a rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A protester shouts at a rally at the Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Protesters rally at the state Capitol to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A caregiver stands in front of the Arizona Capitol as protesters surround her at a rally to 're-open' Arizona against the governor's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus Monday, April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. 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Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward stands by tweets about nurses at protest