Kari Lake: Trump supports the former Fox 10 Phoenix anchor in the Arizona Governor’s race in 2022
Trump chose Lake over a crowded Republican field that also includes Treasurer Kimberly Yee, former Congressman Matt Salmon, and Arizona Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson.
The leading Democratic candidate is Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a passionate defender of the state’s electoral systems, whose profile rose amid the bogus exam. She said in part in a statement Tuesday evening that “Arizonans are fed up with our government being led by conspiracy theorists – like Kari Lake – who wasted our tax dollars and broken voter confidence to discredit the 2020 election. “
In a statement announcing his support for Lake, Trump said her years as a broadcast journalist meant “few can pick up the fake news media like Kari.”
“She is strong on crime, will protect our border, the Second Amendment, the military and veterinarians, and fight to restore electoral integrity (both past and future!),” He said. “She is against Covid Bans, Cancel Culture and will end the ‘watch’ curriculum in our schools. She will do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey – won’t even be a competition!”
The Ducey shot was a continuation of Trump’s longstanding feud with the temporary Republican governor who refused to support Trump’s efforts to reverse the state’s 2020 election results. President Joe Biden narrowly defeated Trump in Arizona last year. But since then, Trump and his Republican allies have tried to reverse that defeat. The state Senate Republicans commissioned a month-long review of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots. That partisan review produced a final vote that was virtually identical to the county’s results in November, despite Cyber Ninjas, the inexperienced company that ran it, misusing standard voting procedures and raising unfounded doubts about tens of thousands of votes.
Lake is a former Fox 10 Phoenix TV presenter who got into politics this year and started her campaign with a media bashing video and an appetite for Trump’s culture wars.
She has railed against mask mandates, called for an aggressive border guard and promised to “end the damn wall”. She has also repeated Trump’s baseless lies about electoral fraud, calling for Arizona’s 2020 general election results to be decertified – something that is not legally possible.
That story has been updated with a statement from Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs.