Kari Lake +  Donald Trump: Election-Denying MAGA Losers Who Are Too Extreme for Arizona

Ahead of Kari Lake’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, DNC spokesperson Aida Ross released the following statement:

“Donald Trump won’t show his face in Arizona, but he is still desperate enough for cash to let his fellow election-denying MAGA extremist fundraise at Mar-a-Lago. Lake is running on the same losing MAGA agenda of banning abortion nationwide, undermining our democracy, and putting fealty to Trump over the American people. Lake and Trump’s delusions that they can win in the general election might play well at Mar-a-Lago, but Arizonans will reject them both again in November.”

Lake is a notorious election denier who STILL won’t accept the results of the 2020 presidential election and her own loss in the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial race.

CNN“Kari Lake has put false claims about the 2020 election at the center of her campaign – repeatedly and falsely declaring the election ‘stolen’ and even calling it ‘disqualifying’ and ‘sickening’ that her top rival in the party primary wouldn’t say the same. In an interview with The New York Times in early August, after primary voters had cast their ballots, Lake said of Biden: ‘Deep down, I think we all know this illegitimate fool in the White House – I feel sorry for him – didn’t win.’”

Axios: “Lake was quick to brandish her Trump endorsement and criticized Robson for not rejecting the results of the 2020 election. Lake said the 2020 election was ‘corrupt and stolen’ and that Biden lost the election.”

Business Insider: “Arizona Governor candidate Kari Lake, the Republican who recently received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, said she would not have certified the 2020 election results in the state. Trump lost Arizona by over 10,000 votes. … Lake has routinely echoed Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. ‘Considering how much already at the time information we had about serious irregularities and problems with the election, I would not have certified it right then,’ Lake said.”

Associated Press: “Kari Lake, the Republican defeated in Arizona governor’s race, is formally challenging her loss to Democrat Katie Hobbs, asking a court to throw out certified election results from the state’s most populous county and either declare her the winner or rerun the governor’s election in that county. The lawsuit filed late Friday by Lake centers on long lines and other difficulties that people experienced while voting on Election Day in Maricopa County. The challenge filed in Maricopa County Superior Court also alleges hundreds of thousands of ballots were illegally cast, but there’s no evidence that’s true. Lake has refused to acknowledge that she lost to Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes.”

Jeremy Duda, Axios“.@KariLake called for @SecretaryHobbs to be imprisoned over fictional election rigging claims. ‘Frankly, I think she should be locked up.’ Crowd starts ‘lock her up’ chant. Lake says, ‘I agree.’”

Just like Trump, Lake is an anti-choice extremist who would rip away reproductive freedoms if given the chance.

Axios“[Lake said she] would support and enforce Arizona’s pre-Roe ban on abortion, which would prohibit the procedure in nearly all cases and would criminalize doctors who perform it.”

Lake: “I’m incredibly thrilled that we are going to have a great law that’s already on the books. … It will prohibit abortion in Arizona except to save the life of a mother. And I think we’re going to be paving the way and setting course for other states to follow.”

Newsweek“Lake told Baier that she would ‘very much support’ banning abortion pills in the state. ‘I think it’s really scary that a young, afraid mother could be at home taking a pill without medical supervision,’ Lake said. ‘It could be the end of the mother as well.’ While Lake expressed concern about women undergoing abortions without medical supervision, she supported the closure of all abortion clinics. Lake told Baier if she’s elected governor, she’ll let the Legislature pass laws ‘to protect the unborn.’ She noted that if abortion is illegal, it will be ‘very difficult for abortion clinics to survive and be open.’”

Lake railed against the popular bipartisan border security deal that Trump directed congressional Republicans to reject.

NBC News: “Lake, a longtime Trump acolyte and MAGA star who lost a run for governor in 2022, didn’t mince her words in talking about the bill in Phoenix over the weekend. ‘She is crafting the worst border legislation that I’ve ever heard of,’ Lake said of Sinema. … ‘This is a disgusting plan that includes giving more of our hard-earned tax dollars to Ukraine and nothing to stop people from going across.’” 

Arizona Republic: “In Phoenix, Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake, a former TV news anchor who is running for Sinema’s seat, hailed the bill’s failure. She said it didn’t include funding for a needed border wall and would have instead fueled war efforts abroad while ignoring the threat of fentanyl in America.

“Lake called the bill ‘300 pages of pure garbage,’ before tossing it in a waste basket placed near her podium.”

Trump“I think [Republicans] are making a terrible mistake if they vote for the bill.”

Vox: “Trump made this clear when he reportedly urged Republicans in Congress to turn against the bipartisan Senate border security bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday so that he could keep the issue alive through the presidential election. His supporters have largely fallen in line.”

Navigator Research“Two in Three Americans Support the Bipartisan Immigration Deal”

“Two in three Americans supported the bipartisan immigration deal reached in the Senate, but that will not be taken up for a vote in the House. … On the Republican approach to the recent immigration package, Americans’ greatest concerns are that they are focused on the wrong issues and playing politics.”

“The immigration deal earns support across party lines, including among three in four Republicans (net +58; 74 percent support –16 percent oppose), two in three independents (net +48; 64 percent support – 16 percent oppose), and three in five Democrats (net +32; 59 percent support – 27 percent oppose).”

As Trump pledges to be a dictator on ‘day one’ and parrots language used by Hitler, Lake is following his lead by spouting white nationalist talking points and embracing dictators.

Media Matters“Lake’s connections to political extremists in the media are not new. A longtime local TV newscaster who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, she has appeared with a Nazi-sympathizing YouTuber, QAnon activists, and once endorsed a far-right, antisemitic streamer running for Oklahoma state Senate.”

Media Matters“Kari Lake has embraced numerous antisemitic media figures in the relatively short time that she has been in politics. These figures have said that Jewish people are ‘lethal enemies of Americans’ and ‘must be stopped and then scoured from the continent’; defended the Nazis as ‘protecting their sovereignty’; and said, ‘I’m not beholden to Jews.’”

Newsweek“Lake added that U.S. media is going after what she called ‘the truth tellers and the peacemakers,’ which she said included Trump and Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán. ‘I hear those two men talking about peace, but I hear the saber-rattling and the drum beat of “let’s start a war” from a lot of these countries with globalist-type political leaders,’ Lake said.” 

Arizona Republic“Kari Lake’s immigration remark plays into racist ‘Great Replacement Theory,’ scholar says”

Business Insider: “Speaking at a convention of Georgia Republicans, Lake told hundreds of delegates that the ‘75 million Americans’ who voted for Trump are armed and ready to defend him.”