Election Denier Kari Lake Wins Arizona Nomination Election She Said Was Rigged – Mother Jones

Former FOX 10 Phoenix anchor Kari Lake.Illustration by Mother Jones; Christopher Brown / ZUMA

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After the spread unfounded Claims of election fraud in the Arizona government primary, Republican Kari Lake won the appointment of his party. Donald Trump-backed candidate and former FOX 10 Phoenix host defeated real estate developer Karrin Taylor Robson, who received approval from former Vice President Mike Pence and current governor. Doug Ducey and has invested $ 15 million of his own money in the campaign. Lake, a staunch supporter of the Big Lie, had been the lead, building her campaign around Trump’s stamp of approval and support from election deniers like Rep Paul Gosar, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and Mike Lindell. by My Pillow. Lake campaigned on electoral conspiracy theories, anti-immigrant and pro-border rhetoric, and her repudiation of the very media that gave her a platform.

Lake announced that she would run for governor three months after finishing her 22-year career with affiliate Fox. In a video making her resignation public, she said she no longer approved of the direction journalism was going and that the media needed more balanced and diversified viewpoints. “Not everyone is dedicated to telling the truth, but luckily many of you understand that,” she said. “I promise you: if you hear it from my lips, he will be truthful.” She went on to call the media the “enemy of the people” and appeared in a video of the campaign destroying televisions vowing to “take a hammer from lies and leftist propaganda”. Her conversion from a television personality to a media denigrator seemed to be a strategy intended to turn a “potential responsibility to Republican voters into an asset,” as Melanie Mason writes in Los Angeles Times.

On several occasions during the campaign, Lake hinted at alleged attempts to steal the primary election, but refused to provide any evidence to support his claims. “I’m not going to clarify that,” she said recently on a radio show. “We are dealing with some things that are very suspicious and possibly illegal. We’re working on it. I don’t want to spoil the investigation. ”The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who oversees elections in the state’s largest county, called his allegations“ beyond irresponsible. ”As part of his electoral integrity platform, Lake proposed a ban on ballot counting machines.

In the past, Lake has called for the jailing of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who certified the 2020 election results and is now running for governor. the Daily beast Lake described it as “Exposure A in Team Trump’s plan to install friendly governors in states to potentially overturn votes in his favor in 2024.”

While the vows were still pending Wednesday, Lake once again questioned his own race. That didn’t stop her from declaring an early victory as soon as she took command of her. “I’m not satisfied with how the elections were conducted,” Lake said The voice of Real America. “Yesterday we had major problems, major problems and they are reported by the voters every day. We need to reform our elections so that every Arizona, whether Democrat, Independent or Republican, knows the winner when he goes to bed on election night and is satisfied that it was a fair election. We don’t have any at the moment. “