Kari Lake

  Experience: Born in Illinois and grew up in Iowa. Lake worked as an anchor for KSAZ-TV (Fox 10 Phoenix) from 1994 to early 2021 and for other anchor, weather and reporter roles for locations in Illinois and New York.) Probable fav. song: Don Henley "Dirty Laundry".

Who Paid $2M To Promote Kari Lake Campaign? The Source Of Donations Remains Unclear
"Someone or a group of some ones are paying Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman more than $2 million to help make Kari Lake the Republican nominee for governor. But it is not clear who is doing so. And campaign finance records filed last week only deepen the mystery. Hoffman, through his company 1Ten, has produced $1 million worth of political propaganda promoting , according to campaign finance records. His company has also produced $1.1 million worth of materials advocating the defeat of her main rival. Both types of ads were ordered by a political action committee, Put Arizona First, which claims as its only donor a medical company whose owner denies making the contribution."
Jul. 19, 2022
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: Governor
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 8: Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 9: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Kari Lake, A Trump Endorsed Republican Candidate For Arizona Governor—If Elected—Supports Legislation To Include Banning FDA Approved Abortion Pills Along With All Medical Abortion Clinics In Arizona.
Jun. 30, 2022


Twitter, Jun. 27, 2022 Source

'She's Thrown Away My Friendship': Drag Queen Calls Out Kari Lake For Hypocrisy

Stacey Barchenger / Arizona Republic, Jun. 18, 2022

"One of the Phoenix area's best-known drag queens is calling his former friend — Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake — a hypocrite after Lake weighed in on drag performances, the latest front in the conservative culture war.
Richard Stevens, who has performed for 25 years as Barbra Seville, said he was disappointed and decided to speak out after Lake tweeted Friday that "they kicked God out of schools and welcomed the Drag Queens. They took down our Flag and replaced it with a rainbow."
Stevens shared pictures and texts from Lake in several social media posts and said Lake had attended countless shows and private events over the decades of their friendship. He said he had performed as Marilyn Monroe in front of Lake's daughter when she was 9 or 10 years old.
"She's picked a side in the culture war, but her actions in the past don't support it," Stevens said in an interview. "Of course my feelings are hurt, but it just proves that she is a hypocrite. ... She's thrown away my friendship with her to get votes from people that would rather hate gays or hate drag queens." 
Stevens is one more critic to say Lake is new to such conservative beliefs, accusations that have dogged Lake's year-old campaign and offered opportunity for her opponents to attack. Lake is running a Donald Trump-inspired campaign to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and has used false claims the 2020 election was stolen as a signature talking point."

Arizona Governor Candidate Kari Lake Is Now Also A Witch Doctor And Witch Hunter
Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake at a recent campaign event seemed to make her case for holding the state’s highest elected office by pushing her bona fides as both a witch doctor and a witch hunter. And proving in the process that she’s as incompetent at those two occupations as she would be as governor.
Apr. 29, 2022
Arizona GOP Gov Candidate Kari Lake Will Find 2020 Election’s Real Killers
"Trump-endorsed Kari Lake is still running in the GOP primary for Arizona governor, and she’s still coup-coup for the Big Lie. She doesn’t even consider Joe Biden the real president of the real United States. That’s why she calls President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris by their first names, like they’re the help. She tweeted the other day, “Joe and Kamala are driving the country into the ground. I am running for governor to keep them from taking Arizona with them.” She’s not just rude, though. She’s also openly seditionist. She declared that as governor, she’d close her eyes and ignore everything Fake President Biden said. [...] Lake has already said she wouldn’t have certified Biden’s victory in Arizona. Outgoing GOP Governor Doug Ducey did because he’s apparently a RINO who obeys the law. Lake still thinks Arizona was stolen from Trump, but don’t waste your time waiting for evidence to support those wild accusations. Lake doesn’t need proof when she has instinct."
Apr. 25, 2022
Trump-Endorsed Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Says She Would Fine Airlines $1,000 For Making Passengers Wear Masks
"Kari Lake, a gubernatorial candidate for Arizona backed by former President Donald Trump, said on Monday that she would fine airlines $1,000 for each time they enforce mask mandates on passengers while in Arizona airspace."
Apr. 12, 2022

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"Kari Lake, a TV journalist turned Republican candidate for Arizona governor, is running with Donald Trump’s endorsement on a platform of rehashing falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election. Lake disputes that President Joe Biden received 81 million votes even though the results were certified and accepted by Congress. Lake has spoken favorably of "decertification" of the vote in Arizona, a process that does not exist. She predicted a review of ballots in Maricopa County would show Trump as "the real winner of Arizona," but that review, orchestrated by state Senate Republicans, confirmed the official results that Biden won. Falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election culminated in the Jan. 6, 2021, violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Lake downplayed the cases of the defendants in an interview with 60 Minutes Australia. Lake was asked if she thinks the defendants should be pardoned, an idea floated by Trump. Lake said she would have no say in that as a candidate for governor, then added, "What I don’t like is that people are being held in prison without being charged. That’s un-American." "


"We contacted Lake’s campaign to ask for her evidence and did not get a response.

So has the government imprisoned people associated with Jan. 6 without showing any evidence of alleged crimes? No. Court records show charges filed against hundreds of people who assaulted or resisted police and disrupted Congress in an effort to overturn the election results in favor of Donald Trump."

Jan. 6, 2022

Kari Lake Is Unmasked After Her Disaster Of A Down Under Interview
"When CBS 5/3TV's Dennis Welch in June asked Kari Lake about her donations to then-presidential candidates John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, her response was to trash the reporter. [. . .] When 12News’ Brahm Resnik asked Lake, during her August mask protest at ASU, what should be done about a surging pandemic, her response was to trash the reporter. [. . .] Are you catching on, Arizona? Let’s just briefly revisit Lake’s disaster of a Down Under interview, which on Sunday evening."
Mar. 15, 2022
Trump-Backed Candidate For Governor of Arizona Campaigning With Felon Who ‘Plotted to Kill’ FBI Informant
"Kari Lake, the longtime Phoenix-area news anchor turned Trump-backed candidate for Arizona governor, has been campaigning with a man who pleaded guilting to trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant. Lake, who is no stranger to controversy, has previously been documented campaigning with QAnon followers and Nazi sympathizers. Salon documented Lake’s latest campaign scandal, noting that her campaign even paid the convicted felon, Kenneth Ulibarri, $2,000, according to recent filings. Igor Derysh reported that “Ulibarri, a repeat violent offender who pleaded guilty after the DOJ accused him of trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant and an unrelated state charge of battery on a peace officer, spoke at Lake’s “Stand for Freedom” rally in Scottsdale last July.”"
Feb. 25, 2022
Fact Check: The Various Flavors Of Dishonesty That GOP Candidates Used To Promote 2020 Election Lies This Month
"Kari Lake, a Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor, has been an aggressive promoter of lies about the 2020 election. Earlier this month, she joined Trump's spokeswoman in promoting another dishonest claim -- about Wisconsin."
Feb. 23, 2022
Pro-Trump Arizona Candidate Gets Promptly Smacked Down After Falsely Claiming Her Ads Were Being Censored
"12 News swiftly handed down a response. They had not, in fact, censored Lake's ad — she had just been confused about the time range in which the ad could air. "Lake's media buying company, Strategic Media Placement, Inc., placed one commercial spot on 12 News for the week of Feb. 21-27. The order indicates the singular spot could air Monday or Tuesday evening during the 10 p.m. news," wrote the station. "The purchase was made with 12 News on Friday, Feb. 18." Lake's candidacy for governor of Arizona has been fraught with controversy from the start. She has endlessly promoted Donald Trump's "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen, even calling for the arrest of her most prominent Democratic opponent, current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. She has also campaigned with a number of fringe figures, including Ethan Schmidt-Crockett, an outspoken Nazi sympathizer who terrorized a wig shop for cancer patients over their COVID masking policy, and Ron Watkins, who has been accused by some cyber experts of being the mysterious "Q" behind the QAnon conspiracy theory movement"
Feb. 22, 2022
Arizona GOP Governor Candidate Promises To Illegally Build Border Wall On Federal Land
"On Feb. 4, Lake shared video on Twitter of comments she made on right-wing journalist Tim Pool's "Timcast" podcast on Dec. 3 and tweeted, "The Feds have ABANDONED us. When I'm Governor, we'll finish the wall ourselves in defiance of them. " [...] "what's Joe Biden going to do? Arrest a sitting governor?""
Feb. 8, 2022

Trump-Supporting Arizona Politicians Push Election Lies At Florence Rally

"Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who's running for governor, began her speech with the theme of some of the other speakers, praising America under Trump and listing its problems under Biden. As did others, she called Trump “president” and slammed the 2020 election as “rotten to the core.”"


"We are so blessed to have Donald Trump with us here today. We know the election was stolen,” state Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, said when she took the stage, echoing the sentiments of other speakers and crowd members, who cheered her in response."


"Like-minded Trump supporters in the Legislature included speakers at Saturday's rally such as Rogers, Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, and former representative Anthony Kern, who's running for the state Senate."


"“They attacked Donald Trump because he exposed them and their evil deeds,” said Finchem, who's running for Arizona secretary of state, a position that oversees state elections."


"On Dec. 14, 2020, Kern and 10 other Arizonans, including state GOP Chair Kelli Ward and Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, signed a document that was sent to Congress. All 11 people were listed on the general election ballot as the would-be electors for Trump."


"Borrelli pushed back on the fact that the belief in widespread election fraud that stole the presidency from Trump in 2020 was a “conspiracy theory.” He said there was indeed a conspiracy, but he claims "it’s not a theory.” He said the problem was “obstructionists” who oversee elections at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and in Maricopa County. Borrelli said that many of his peers in the Arizona House and Senate were behind him and other election deniers and that they were going to “tighten up the loopholes that these commie (expletive) have exploited.” The crowd cheered as Borrelli claimed that the “shamestream media” were hiding facts like “ghost voters” he said were found to have voted in Pima County in 2020. Pima County election officials deny there were any widespread problems with the election."


"Arizona Republican U.S. Reps. Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, the latter two national leaders in the spread of falsehoods over the 2020 election, also spoke at the rally"

Jan. 16, 2022

Meet The MAGA Extremist Who Might Be Arizona’s Next Governor
"Lake has never held elected office before, but she’s quickly risen in notoriety during this race. She’s appeared with QAnon activists and Nazi sympathizers. She has supported a secretary of state candidate with ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. [...] Lake has said that if she were elected governor she would direct Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to open a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the 2020 election where he would “seize all election material, all election equipment, and he should start questioning people immediately.” She’s described Trump as “pretty close to perfect” [...] She says she’s a “MAGA conservative.” Lake checks all the boxes of an anti-vaccination alarmist. She’s bragged about how she sought ways around vaccination requirements when looking for a restaurant to dine at in New York. She’s bragged that she has not gotten a Covid vaccine, “and I don’t plan on getting it.” She’s also propagated the same arguments casting doubt on the safety and efficacy of vaccines—a position that actually puts her to Trump’s right. “I’m not believing a lot of the science, so-called science coming out of some of our so-called experts,” Lake said in mid-January."
Jan. 14, 2022
Kari Lake Just Got Schooled (And By Her Fellow Republicans)
"Oh, she has put out a few ideas for what we can expect if she’s governor, but they are more campaign slogans than actual policy plans. She would “finish the wall,” though she hasn’t explained how she would pay for it (maybe she could bill Mexico?). She would arrest “OSHA goons” as soon as they set foot in Arizona, though she hasn’t cited by what authority could place them in handcuffs. Finally, a few weeks ago, Lake offered an actual policy proposal. She would install cameras in every public school classroom so that parents would be able to root out “woke” educators and their secret plan to indoctrinate our children in leftie ideas."
Dec. 8, 2021
A Crazy Defamation Suit Threat? Kari Lake's Attorney Threatens GOP Consultant, Invites Depo On Lake's Stability
"A "nonsensical claim of defamation" could open Kari Lake up to a deposition to "explore the entire range of her mental health and stability.""
Dec. 7, 2021


Kari Lake Says She’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine To Ward Off COVID-19
“Candidates generally are either committed to evidence, or they aren’t,” said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Public Health Association, when asked about Lake’s most recent comments. “Kari Lake appears to be in camp two.”
Nov. 23, 2021

Photo: Twitter                   

"Here we have a person.
Who’d like to be Governor.
Of, like, an entire state.
Who thinks the Governor

Source: Twitter  

Trump-Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate Appears With Nazi Sympathizer And QAnon-Linked Activists At Campaign Events
"At a campaign event in late August, Lake posed for a photo and video with far-right personalities Ethan Schmidt-Crockett, the founder of the AntiMaskersClub, who harassed a store specializing in wigs for cancer patients this summer because it required customers to wear masks, and Greyson Arnold, a Nazi sympathizer who has a history of making White nationalist, racist, antisemitic and pro-Nazi statements, including once calling Adolf Hitler "a complicated historical figure which many people misunderstand.""
Nov. 4, 2021
Kari Lake And Kelli Ward Are Heading To A Phoenix Elementary School For An Anti-Mask Protest
"An anti-mask mandate rally Friday that will feature gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, staunchly anti-vax Sen. Kelly Townsend, and various other high profile, far-right politicians has settled on an interesting venue: an elementary school campus in Phoenix."
Oct. 29, 2021
How CNN's Kyung Lah Took On Kari Lake 'Relentlessly Repeating Misinformation'
Oct. 21, 2021
Fact-Checking Kari Lake, Serial Promoter Of Election Lies And Early Frontrunner In GOP Primary For Arizona Governor
"Lake has baselessly advocated the imprisonment of state Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is now running for governor, over unspecified election crimes; there is simply no sign Hobbs broke the law. Lake has also pushed for the imprisonment of unspecified journalists she claims have told lies about the election and other subjects."
Oct. 16, 2021
Trump-Backed Candidate For Arizona Governor Caught Having Dinner With Top QAnon Operator
"According to Vice, Watkins is a longtime QAnon activist who started a website about aliens. He was also a featured speaker at Mike Lindell's Cyber Symposium. Many believe that Watkins is the man behind the QAnon movement."
Oct. 13, 2021
Trump's Pick For Arizona Governor Claims 1/6 Rioters Were 'Invited In By Capitol Police'
Oct. 10, 2021
Trump’s Candidate For Arizona Governor Says She Would Not Have Certified Biden’s Victory
"Kari Lake, a former news anchor who is now the Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor in 2022, told One America News on Friday that she “would not have certified” the votes had she been governor at the time. She cited debunked lies about “serious irregularities” that were spread by the likes of Rudy Giuliani"
Oct. 2, 2021

Photo: Facebook

'Take The Mask And Shove It': Kari Lake Leads Anti-Mask Rally At ASU. Here Are 5 Takeaways
"GOP candidate for governor makes dubious pledge to students. Supporters include Jan. 6 participant and anti-masker who tried to ruin a business."
Aug. 15, 2021
Kari Lake Tweets Like Trump: Irresponsibly And Dangerously. How Long Until She's Banned?
"Kari Lake, the former Fox 10 Phoenix news anchor running as a Republican for governor of Arizona, is taking advantage of Twitter's inconsistency with a string of irresponsible tweets that have no business on Twitter or anywhere else. It's the best of both worlds for her. She can tweet Trump-like nonsense to appease her followers."
Aug. 14, 2021

Photo: Twitter                      

Photo: Twitter                       

Kari Lake Scores A Gold In The Olympics' Newest Event: The Red Meat Toss
"It's sad that a candidate for Arizona governor chooses the morning after an Arizona gymnast wins Olympic gold to try to score cheap points with Republican voters by dissing Olympic athletes."
Aug. 2, 2021

Photo: Twitter                      

Photo: Twitter                       

Former Phoenix News Anchor Announces Run For Arizona Governor
"Lake made her religious beliefs a theme in both the resignation video as well as on her new website, which outlines the duties of Christians in their beliefs [...] Lake got her name in the news more than a year ago after she shared on Twitter a video where two California doctors promoted lifting that state’s shelter-in-place order, saying that COVID-19 is similar to the flu and that isolation actually may weaken the immune system [...] She also sent out a Twitter post in January saying the “First Amendment is under attack’’ after Twitter and Facebook first suspended Donald Trump’s accounts after the platforms concluded that his misinformation and lies inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol."
Jun. 1, 2021

Facebook, May 26, 2021, Source                                        

Facebook, May 6, 2021, Source         

Not On TV, Kari Lake Is Active On Site For Right-Wingers, Nazis
"Kari Lake went viral in 2019 for bashing Phoenix New Times to a colleague while defending her affiliation with the far-right Twitter clone Parler. Now, she's ventured even deeper into the shady ecosystem of far-right social media, joining a social media network known as Gab that's favored by neo-Nazis and QAnon cultists."
Jan. 21, 2021
Fox 10 Anchor Kari Lake Doubles Down On Debunked Coronavirus Video On Twitter
"Lake, a news anchor for Phoenix TV station Fox 10, took to Twitter to spotlight a recent viral video in which two California doctors promote lifting the shelter-in-place order in the state — doctors whose claims have been roundly criticized by health care professionals [...] Citing a violation of its terms of service, YouTube removed video"
Apr. 29, 2020
'Fuck Them': Fox 10's Kari Lake Blasts Phoenix New Times, Her Own Bosses
"Fox 10's Kari Lake dropped an f-bomb on camera after her bosses asked her to hide her account on a right-wing social media platform"
Jul. 15, 2019
Fox 10 Conspiracy Theorist Credulously Retweets Unverified Claim Of Election Fraud
"The Phoenix television anchor who once peddled a conspiracy theory about #RedForEd has done it again, retweeting an unverified claim of election fraud on Sunday from an anonymous account to her 9,000 followers"
Nov. 5, 2018
Fox10 Phoenix Anchor Claims #RedForEd Is Ploy To Legalize Pot
Apr. 25, 2018

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