Kari Lake


Real photo of Kari Lake vacuuming the red carpet before meeting Donald Trump. A member of team Kari said she insisted on personally making sure the carpet was spotless.

Failed Alt-Right 2022 MAGA extremist election denier Republican candidate for Arizona Governor. 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). Kari Lake lost to Katie Hobbs by 17,000 votes in the 2022 General Election. Lake is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Arizona. She is on the ballot in the Republican primary on July 30, 2024.

Kari Lake Continues To Show Why She May Be The Worst Senate Candidate In Arizona History
"During her appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Lake was asked about her confidence in the legitimacy of this fall’s election, and she claimed she wasn’t “so confident” that the November election will be fair. This reflected her suggestion ahead of the 2022 election that the governor’s race could be rigged against her. And it was particularly troubling that a candidate recently advised her followers to strap on a “Glock” in preparation for what Democrats might do this election season. In her Fox interview, she also raised bigoted claims that align with the racist “replacement theory,” accusing liberals of offering welfare services to immigrants to recruit them for election fraud. Such claims have inspired multiple acts of racist violence. And she touted “lots of lawsuits” (seemingly including her own failed legal challenges in the 2022 election) that she said would make voting in Arizona safer."
May 13, 2024
Kari Lake Trumpets Endorsement From Alleged Wife-Beater Sonny Borrelli
"U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake on Sunday announced she was endorsed by state Sen. Sonny Borrelli, a Republican with a history of domestic violence and misogyny. In addition to Borrelli's domestic violence incidents years ago, in March the Lake Havasu City Republican also notoriously suggested that women should put aspirin between their knees as a means of birth control. Borrelli, the Senate Majority Leader, is the second most powerful lawmaker in the chamber." [ . . . ] "The backing from Borrelli is just another feather in Lake's endorsement cap, which also includes support from Sen. Jake Hoffman. The powerful Republican is among Arizona's 11 fake electors recently indicted and facing nine felony charges for their alleged efforts in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election."
May 1, 2024
Supreme Court Declines To Hear Kari Lake Voting Machine Lawsuit
"The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a case brought by Republicans Kari Lake and Mark Finchem over the use of voting machines in Arizona elections, the latest blow to the duo of GOP candidates who have seen their lawsuit rejected several times. Lake and Finchem asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appellate judge’s decision to dismiss their case last October. The suit sought to block electronic voting machines from being used in the state, questioning their accuracy and reliability. Lawyers for Lake, who is running for a Senate seat in Arizona this cycle, and Finchem, who is seeking a state Senate seat, argued in a court filing to the Supreme Court that they had sufficiently argued that all “Arizona-certified optical scanners and ballot marking devices, as well as the software on which they rely, have been wrongly certified for use”; Arizona’s voting machines had been “hacked” and “manipulated”; and that there were apparent discrepancies in the Maricopa County’s vote count after the 2020 election."
Apr. 22, 2024
Kari Lake Gets Flak From Both Sides On Abortion As She Navigates Arizona Law
"Republican Senate hopeful Kari Lake took criticism from both flanks of the abortion debate during a visit to the University of Arizona on Thursday evening, as she and other candidates navigate the fallout from this week’s state Supreme Court decision upholding the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban. Lake’s flip-flop on the law — which she called a “great law” in 2022 but now opposes and is pushing fellow Republicans to repeal — illustrates the tricky political position she and other Republicans find themselves in on abortion policy ahead of the 2024 election."
Apr. 12, 2024
Kari Lake Wants You To Forget She Supported Arizona’s Near-Total Abortion Ban
"in February 2022, when Lake appeared at a candidate forum while running for governor, her thoughts on the near-total ban were much different. “We have a great law on the books right now,” Lake said of the old law, which had become unenforceable under Roe v. Wade. A month later, Arizona passed a 15-week ban in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision ultimately overturning abortion protections. If Roe v. Wade was struck down, Lake said at the time, “we will be a state where we will not be taking the lives of our unborn anymore.”"
Apr. 9, 2024
Kari Lake Won’t Fight Arizona Election Official’s Defamation Suit
"Richer celebrated it as a victory. “For a person who both says she never surrenders, and who claims she has all the evidence at her disposal—I think it’s fairly telling,” he said. In a tweet, Richer called Lake’s motion a “[c]omplete and total surrender on liability” for defamation. “Meaning it was always all B.S.,” he added."
Mar. 26, 2024
Kari Lake’s Dizzying Stance On Abortion—Embrace The MAGA Strategy Of Deceiving And Confusing Voters
"U-turns from Lake on abortion make Arizona voters leery and Arizona abortion rights activists resolute in defeating her."
Mar. 22, 2024
Kari Lake Wants Supreme Court To Upend How America Votes
"Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, wants the Supreme Court to upend how Americans vote by declaring it unconstitutional for voters to cast their ballots through electronic voting systems. Attorneys for Lake and former Arizona state Representative Mark Finchem filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking the court to revive their 2022 lawsuit challenging the use of electronic voting machines in Arizona. It had been slammed by judges as "frivolous" at the time. In the new filing, attorney Lawrence Joseph asked the Supreme Court to give the Arizona Republicans a do over" [ . . . ] "The petition is the latest development that continues to drag out the now two-year fight over Arizona's election system. The plaintiffs are asking the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional "for any public election to be conducted using any model of electronic voting system to cast or tabulate votes.""
Mar. 15, 2024
Kari Lake Hugs It Out With White Nationalist During Campaign Event
Wade Searle poses with Kari Lake at a March 3 event that Lake, a GOP candidate for Senate, held for campaign volunteers.


"Kari Lake grinned widely and flashed a thumbs up as she posed for a photo March 3 with a far-right political operative who is reportedly a fervent follower and close associate of white nationalist Nick Fuentes. A few days before the event for campaign volunteers, Wade Searle, who worked as the digital director for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar until shortly after he was unmasked as one the “strongest soldiers” for white nationalist leader Nick Fuentes, was standing almost directly behind Lake at a press conference where Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso endorsed her." [ . . . ] "Searle was outed by Talking Points Memo in May 2023 as a prominent member of the “groyper” movement, the name for a collection of young white nationalists who use online trolling tactics and aim to normalize extreme and racist views by aligning them with Christianity and so-called “traditional” values."
Mar. 10, 2024
Kari Lake Uses Campaign Donations To Pay Her Family Business, Financial Records Show
"Arizona US Senate Candidate Kari Lake’s recent financial disclosures reveal the former news anchor has taken advantage of both internal and external opportunities to increase her personal wealth. In addition to bringing in over $75,000 in speaking fees for appearances at political events in 2023, ZenVideo, a business owned by Lake and her husband, Jeff Halperin, was paid just over $8,000 from her campaign for video production services, according to the Federal Elections Commission." [ . . . ] "Halperin is known to be a staple of Lake’s political work. Often seen at her side with a camera, his videos are used as social media posts to promote her campaigns. And, while Lake has solicited the services of other video production companies for her Senate run—$5,500 to AZ Media, Inc., and $550 to Charles Lemmon Cinematography—the lion’s share of her video production budget has been reserved for family."
Mar. 6, 2024
Arizona Supreme Court Says Lake Will Have To Face Defamation Claims
"Kari Lake is going to have to defend herself in court against claims she defamed Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. In a brief order, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected arguments by the failed 2022 gubernatorial candidate that she had a constitutional right to make the comments that she did about Richer and the way he conducted the 2022 election she lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs. And even if they were not true, she said, she either believed that they were or that the claims were mere "hyperbole," both of which she said are protected against defamation claims." [ . . . ] "That means Lake's free speech arguments have now been rejected by a trial judge, the state Court of Appeals and, now, the state's high court. That leaves her nowhere to go other than back to trial."
Feb. 8, 2024
Kari Lake Slammed For Racist Nikki Haley Social Media Post
"Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake is getting slammed for a racist social media post about Nikki Haley. After the former South Carolina governor suspended her presidential campaign on Wednesday, the failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate and unhinged conspiracy spouter made a post on X, formerly Twitter, to mark the occasion. Refusing to refer to Haley by her middle name, “Nikki,” which she uses professionally, Lake instead called Haley “Nimrata,” a misspelled version of her birth name, “Nimarata,” in the post."
Mar. 6, 2024
'Arizonans Won’t Be Fooled' By Kari Lake's New Stance On Abortion Rights
"Republicans spent decades staking out increasingly extreme positions on abortion, while at the same time shooting down family-supporting initiatives like child tax credits, paid parental leave, prenatal care, and government-subsidized child care. But now, as it becomes abundantly clear that their extreme forced-birtherism is marginally less popular than the raw vegan tapas booth at CPAC, they’re trying to pretend they’re not Republicans. Now the GOP’s conspicuous flip-floppery has found its exemplar in U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake. Lake—a key proponent of the Big Lie who denied the election results in her own losing Arizona gubernatorial bid—wants us to believe she’s had a genuine change of heart when it comes to forcing her would-be constituents to give birth to babies they don’t want. In a new interview with NBC News, Lake tried to distance herself from her past forced-birth positions like Quint scurrying away from the shark at the end of “Jaws.” Maybe the interview wasn’t quite as gruesome as that scene, but then “Jaws” wasn’t filmed through six layers of gauze and enough Vaseline to squeeze a Clydesdale through a cat door."
Mar. 2, 2024
Kari Lake’s Bribery Scandal Involves A Shady GOP Tech Firm
"Arizona Senate hopeful and inveterate election denier Kari Lake pulled off a coup of her own last month, dethroning the chair of the state’s Republican Party after disclosing a recording of what Lake described as a bribe offer last year to keep her out of the race to claim the seat currently held by independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. At the time the recording was made, Lake still had a financial connection to that ousted GOP chair, Jeff DeWit—via a campaign tech startup closely tied to a top MAGA-world nonprofit, a company whose most notable characteristic is a glaring absence of a political paper trail. In fact, that startup—called “Superfeed Technologies, Inc.”—had its authority to do business revoked by the state of Arizona while it employed both DeWit, its former CEO, and Lake, who reported receiving more than $100,000 from the entity in the personal financial disclosure she filed last month."
Feb. 29, 2024
Kari Lake To Attend Another Fundraiser Hosted By QAnon Conspiracy Backer
"For the second time in a month, Senate candidate Kari Lake is scheduled to hold a fundraiser hosted by someone who has promoted the QAnon and other fringe conspiracy theories online." [ . . . ] "Lake and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the chair of the Senate Republican Conference, are scheduled to appear Thursday at a fundraiser hosted by Monica and Brad Litle, according to an event invitation obtained by The Arizona Republic." [ . . . ] "Monica Litle has expressed support online for several conspiracy theories not backed by evidence, according to a review of her social media."
Feb. 26, 2024
Kari Lake Is ‘Delusional’ For Backpedaling On Her Anti-John McCain Rhetoric, Meghan McCain Says
"Meghan McCain said on Wednesday she isn’t buying Kari Lake’s claim that all of her jabs at John McCain were merely jokes. “My entire take on this situation is just that the internal polling for Kari Lake’s campaign must be just staggeringly awful and scary to them when it comes to Independents and McCain Republicans not voting for her,” she said during a Wednesday interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Outspoken with Bruce and Gaydos. “There is a giant swath of Arizonans who will never vote for this woman in no small part because of how much she has attacked my dad, who is a beloved Arizona icon,” she added."
Feb. 21, 2024
Kari Lake Squirms When Asked Who Stole Her Election: 'I Don't Want To Look Backwards'
"Lake was asked who stole the election from her and how they did it. She noted that she wasn’t the one raising the issue, then conceded she lacked the details of the 'rigged' election she has widely discussed," reported Ronald Hansen. "'I don’t want to sit and look backwards,' Lake said. 'These lawsuits are meant to make sure that going forward our elections are strong.' Pressed again on her allegation of theft, Lake said the elections 'are run very poorly.'" During the interview, Lake also suggested the United States should abandon Ukraine and claimed that using medication for abortion puts women's health in danger."
Feb. 20, 2024
The Wife Of A Controversial Influencer Is Hosting A Fundraiser For Kari Lake
"Arizona Republican Kari Lake, the likely GOP nominee for Senate in Arizona, is headlining a campaign fundraiser hosted by the wife of controversial “finfluencer” Grant Cardone this month in Texas. Elena Cardone is the longtime spouse of Grant Cardone, who oversees a real estate investment empire he claims is worth billions. Grant Cardone and the firm he founded, Cardone Capital, have faced scrutiny and a string of lawsuits over the alleged exploitation of renters and accusations that Cardone — who has 7 million Facebook followers and millions who follow him on other social media platforms — overhyped his investment fund and lured followers into expensive contracts for his programs. HuffPost reported, in a lengthy investigation in July, that “court records from lawsuits involving Grant Cardone’s training programs include claims from former clients who say they were trapped into lengthy, inflexible contracts that they were unable to pay for or get out of.” But none of the legal cases so far appear to have resulted in a determination of wrongdoing against Cardone Capital."
Feb. 8, 2024
Paranoia Engulfs Arizona GOP As They Assume Kari Lake Is Secretly Recording Them
"Arizona Republicans have turned on failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake as she seeks the nomination for U.S. Senate." [ . . . ] "“I don’t trust her — I am done,” said Barbara Wyllie, an 81-year-old lifelong Republican who turned on Lake after a recording leaked against the state GOP chair." [ . . . ] "“When she did that to Jeff DeWit, it’s like, ‘Okay, she’s wired for everybody,” Wyllie said."
Feb. 6, 2024
Kari Lake Expected At Fundraiser Hosted By QAnon Conspiracy Backers
"Kari Lake, the Republican Senate frontrunner, was scheduled Friday to attend a fundraiser hosted by two donors who have expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory known as "QAnon." [ . . . ] "The donors, Caryn and Michael Borland, have promoted the “QAnon” conspiracy theory, a belief system centered on claims made by an anonymous individual known as “Q” that holds that former President Donald Trump is fending off forces of evil within the government, often involving child sex trafficking." [ . . . ] "According to a copy of the event invitation obtained by The Arizona Republic, the fundraiser was set for Friday evening at the Borlands’ home in Prescott. The price of tickets ranged from $50 up to $13,200 per person."
Feb. 3, 2024
Kari Lake Made $75,000 In Speaking Fees Her Campaign Claimed She Doesn’t Charge
"Arizona US Senate Candidate Kari Lake reported $75,000 in speaking fees last year, directly contradicting claims by her campaign that she isn’t paid for public speaking. According to Lake’s Jan. 30 financial disclosure, she received payment for the following speaking arrangements in 2023..."
Feb. 2, 2014
'Need The Chaos': Trump And Kari Lake Buried In Editorial For Wanting U.S. To 'Lose Big'
"Former President Donald Trump and failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake were blasted by columnist E.J. Montini in The Arizona Republic Wednesday for relying on — and fighting to perpetuate — chaos at the border as a "campaign strategy." This comes as President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans have struck up a bipartisan plan that would tighten border security and implement several GOP policy goals — but it appears headed for a dead end as Trump heavily lobbies House and Senate Republicans to kill the deal and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has said he's unlikely to allow it a vote. "A bipartisan deal to address the border problem is the best thing for the country," wrote Montini. "But it is the worst thing for Donald Trump, who has made the border crisis the key element — if not the only element — of his campaign. The same is true of sycophants like U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake, who follows, head bowed, in Trump’s footsteps.""
Jan. 31, 2024
Arizona Republicans Relentlessly Boo Kari Lake On Home Turf Following Scandal
"Arizona Republicans let Kari Lake have it this weekend as they hurled boos and jeers her way at a state GOP meeting following a scandal involving her and the now-former head of the state’s party."
Jan. 29, 2024
If You Thought Kari Lake Was Bad, Meet Her Psychotic Campaign Chair Who Wants Christians To “Control America”
"“[Obama] created so much division,” said Brown. “These DEI programs – they’re negative for everybody, including Black Americans. Ben Carson was one of the all-time great surgeons. Yet now, because of DEI, when you see a black surgeon you get a question in your mind. What you want, is you want the blacks that are on top, that do succeed, to be there on their merit.” No longer trafficking in dog whistles, Brown is just saying the qui[e]t part out loud."
Jan. 26, 2024
DeWit Alleges Lake Blackmailed Him Into Resigning
"The head of the Arizona Republican Party, Jeff DeWit, alleged today former gubernatorial candidate and presumptive Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake blackmailed him into resigning. DeWit’s resignation follows a leaked audio recording where he offered Lake employment or a “number” to step out of politics. Lake’s audio recording and DeWit’s subsequent departure comes days before the party’s statewide mandatory meeting and signals a growing schism in the state and national party. "
Jan. 24, 2024
Dirty Dozen: Meet 12 Of The Worst Politicians In Arizona History
"Lake’s superpower is that she can spew insanity with a telegenic smile, whether she’s insisting that Trump was “the real winner of Arizona” in 2020, calling for journalists to be locked up, defending the Jan. 6 insurrectionists or claiming that an unspecified group of “evil people” pushing a “globalist agenda” have “unleashed viruses” and “tried to shut down the country.”"
Jan. 17, 2024
Kari Lake’s Immigration Remark Plays Into Racist 'Great Replacement Theory,' Scholar Says
"“Arizona clearly states that no proof of citizenship is required for federal elections,” wrote Musk, who owns the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. The claim was misleading. States aren’t allowed to set those kinds of rules for federal elections, and, as Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer pointed out in response, Arizona is the only state with any proof of citizenship requirement for state-level elections. Still, Kari Lake, the former gubernatorial candidate now running for U.S. Senate, took Musk’s comment in stride. “This is why they had to stop me. My plan to shut down the human smuggling and their open borders policies would thwart their agenda to register illegal voters,” said Lake, who continues to insist without evidence that she was the rightful winner of Arizona’s 2022 governor’s race."
Jan. 15, 2024
Kari Lake Offers Up The Mother Lode Of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
"Lake on Thursday offered up the mother lode of conspiracy theories, revealing that “they” unleashed COVID-19 in order to stop Donald Trump from getting reelected. Sadly, Lake didn’t disclose who “they” are. The Jews? The Chinese? Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer? Lizard people? Heck, maybe they’re all in on it. But she made it clear that there is only one person who can save us."
Jan. 5, 2024
Who Is Kari Lake? Where Does She Stand On LGBTQ+ Rights?
"During her journalism career, Lake made several statements supporting trans youth. However, throughout her political career, Lake has become anti-trans, expressed anti-LGBTQ+ views, and made derogatory comments about the LGBTQ+ community. During her 2022 campaign, she appeared in an ad with a pastor who called LGBTQ+ people “child molesters.”"
Dec. 22, 2023
Kari Lake Gives Her Most Delusional Speech Yet, Which Is Saying Something!
"Despite losing all of her court cases challenging Arizona’s gubernatorial election results, the polarizing politician claimed Sunday she’s exposed her state’s fraudulent vote counting process to the world."
Dec. 18, 2023
Kari Lake Defends Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters On The Senate Campaign Trail
"Senate candidate Kari Lake in recent weeks has issued a flurry of congratulations and sympathy towards participants in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, in which a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump violently entered the Capitol grounds in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the result of the 2020 presidential election. Like some other Republicans, Lake has suggested that prosecution of Jan. 6 participants is politically motivated, despite a wealth of evidence and court judgments that many participants broke the law that day."
Dec. 17, 2023
Kari Lake Election Lawyers Facing Sanctions In Arizona As Senate Candidate Claims Her 2022 Election Loss Was A ‘Coup’
"Election lawyers for failed 2022 Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake continue to face disciplinary action over their efforts to overturn the result of Lake’s election. AZ Central reported on Wednesday that Kurt Olsen, Bryan Blehm, and Andrew Parker were all order probable cause orders this week by the Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee to advance investigations into their conduct that would likely lead to some kind of public discipline. “All three have previously been sanctioned by judges in Arizona"
Dec. 13, 2023
Kari Lake Wanted Arizona To Pass 'Carbon Copy' Of Texas Abortion Law At Center Of Legal Fight
"Senate candidate Kari Lake is no longer cheerleading the near-total abortion ban at the center of a Texas legal fight. Lake once said she would sign an Arizona version of the Texas law “in a heartbeat.” Kate Cox, a Dallas-area woman, petitioned a judge to grant her an exception from Texas' abortion restrictions after her fetus was diagnosed with a fatal genetic abnormality. The Texas Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Cox, overturning a lower court's ruling. While campaigning for Arizona governor, Lake, a Republican, praised Texas’ abortion law, which is one of the most stringent in the country. "
Dec. 12, 2023

Photo: NBC News

GOP Senate Candidates Soften Their Abortion Stances Amid A Post-Roe Losing Streak
"In key 2024 battleground states, some Republican Senate hopefuls have quietly shifted elements of their abortion positions." [ . . . ] "Lake — who could end up in a three-way general election against independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Democratic challenger Ruben Gallego — was one of the first and most prominent Republicans to shift her position on the abortion issue."
Dec. 9, 2023
Arizona Republican Wants 'Engraved Apology' From Kari Lake
"An Arizona Republican who ran against Kari Lake for governor, Matt Salmon, said he would not consider supporting her without "an engraved apology" for her past interactions with him." [ . . . ] "Short of an engraved apology, I wouldn't consider helping her with anything," Salmon told The Washington Post. "She employs the politics of personal destruction, and she'll say anything—the most vile things in the world—to get ahead. And I'm sorry, I just can't forget that.""
Dec. 4, 2023
Kari Lake Loses Suit To See Ballot Envelopes In 3rd Trial Tied To Arizona Election Defeat
""A judge has rejected Kari Lake’s request to examine signed ballot envelopes of 1.3 million early voters, giving the defeated Arizona Republican candidate for governor another loss in her third trial related to last year’s election. In an order filed Thursday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah Jr. argued their release would undermine the ballot verification process in future elections. “The broad right of electoral participation outweighs the narrow interests of those who would continue to pick at the machinery of democracy,” Hannah wrote." [ . . . ] "Lake is among the most vocal of last year’s Republican candidates promoting former President Donald Trump’s election lies, which she made the centerpiece of her campaign. While most other election deniers around the country conceded after losing their races in November, Lake did not. She is openly considering a run for the U.S. Senate and is regarded as a contender to be Trump’s running mate in his 2024 campaign."
Nov. 30, 2023
Kari Lake's Abortion U-Turn: Once Called It Murder, Now Grants Exceptions
"Now that it's become clear to the MAGA party that an outright ban on abortions at either the state or federal level is a losing strategy, fake Arizona Governor Kari "Soft Focus" Lake has taken a U-turn and is now pretending she's always been in favor of granting certain exceptions for abortion."
Nov. 27, 2023
Kari Lake Loses Again As State Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Hear Election Lawsuit
"Kari Lake's string of defeats continues as the Donald Trump ally and losing Arizona gubernatorial candidate's bid to have the Arizona Supreme Court hear her election lawsuit was rejected unanimously. Lake, a former TV news anchor, had previously tried to skip the Arizona Court of Appeals and go directly to the State Supreme Court as she tried to call for a new election or be named the governor despite the state finding no evidence of the widespread voter fraud she had been claiming." [ . . . ] "the Supreme Court rejected Lake's appeal, with Justice Bill Montgomery writing in the ruling, "Appellant Lake does not show good cause for transferring the appeal from the court of appeals, where the matter has been fully briefed.""
Nov. 23, 2023
This Kari Lake Court Filing Should End Talk About Her 'Moderate' Views
The failed Republican gubernatorial candidate-turned-Senate-candidate in Arizona has seemingly attempted to take a less extreme approach on some issues this time around in an effort to woo voters. But a new court filing submitted on her behalf should end speculation that she’s anything but a far-right conspiracy theorist. And that’s because Lake is still trying to have a court reverse her gubernatorial election loss last year as she wages a bid for a completely different office. The filing Wednesday claims a court “can and should set aside” the 2022 election results, in which Lake lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes. Lake’s filing asks the Arizona Court of Appeals to vacate the certification of last year’s gubernatorial election and order a revote.
Nov. 17, 2023
Kari Lake Makes 'Sharp Pivot' To Court GOPers She 'Went Out Of Her Way To Offend'
" The failed gubernatorial candidate "has begun reaching out to Republicans she attacked last year, trying to mend the relationships she shredded," according to the report, however, it's still "unclear" whether her attempt to attract necessary GOP support will succeed. "Lake's bid to make nice could pay off if it at all weakens Sinema's appeal with the more moderate wing of the Republican Party," Politico notes," but "Sinema has not decided whether she will run but she has strong relationships with centrist Republicans in the state, particularly those in the mold of the late Sen. John McCain." Ex-Arizona state House Speaker Kirk Adams, a Republican, commented, "Will those traditional Reagan-McCain voters trust the new Kari Lake? That's a good question. She went out of her way to offend that group of voters, and she wore it as a point of pride, and I don't know if people will change their opinion of her.""
Nov. 15, 2023
Anywhere But Arizona: Kari Lake Loves To Campaign. Just Not Here
"Kari Lake wants to be the next U.S. Senator from Arizona. Yet she's campaigning in Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Texas."
Nov. 14, 2023
Kari Lake Has Embraced Numerous Antisemitic Media Figures In Recent Years
"U.S. Senate candidate 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.” Lake is part of a trend of Republican politicians who have promoted antisemitic media, as Media Matters has documented. In Arizona alone, Rep. Paul Gosar and state Sens. Wendy Rogers and Janae Shamp have promoted media outlets or figures that have praised Adolf Hitler."
Oct. 24, 2023
Court rejects Attempt By Finchem, Lake To Bar Electronic Voting Machines
"A federal appeals court rejected an attempt by 2022 GOP candidates Kari Lake and Mark Finchem to stop Arizona’s use of electronic voting machines, saying the claims did not raise a “real and immediate” threat of voter fraud. The ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2022 U.S. District Court decision to dismiss the suit on the same grounds. It was the latest defeat for Lake, the failed Republican nominee for Arizona governor, and Finchem, the party’s failed nominee for secretary of state, who have mounted numerous legal challenges to their defeats. Finchem said Tuesday that he is “not at liberty” to comment on the ruling. Lake, who recently announced a 2024 bid for U.S. Senate, did not immediately respond to a request for comment."
Oct. 17, 2023
Best Political Grifter - Kari Lake
"You may think Kari Lake's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, a self-described "proud election-denying deplorable" who lost the governor's race in 2022 to Katie Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes while maintaining she was the real winner of that contest. But despite her pile of dismissed lawsuits challenging the governor's race and her sluggish book sales, she still made out like the second coming of Willie Sutton, raising more than $2.5 million even after Hobbs kicked her tuchis in the general election. Now she's gearing up to run for the U.S. Senate in 2024, and thanks to the political hubris of Arizona's now-Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, it's shaping up to be a three-way race, with Lake as the likely Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego as the Democratic nominee and Sinema running for reelection as an indie. Does this mean Lake, a polished, telegenic fanatic if there ever was one, could be headed for a seat in the hallowed halls of D.C.'s most exclusive club? Who'd bet against her? With a three-way split in the race, you'd be crazy to do so — unless Sinema unexpectedly takes a powder and doesn't run in 2024. Here's hoping there really is a Santa Claus, because we know what we want for Christmas this year."
Sep. 28, 2023
Lake And Finchem Want Panel To Reconsider Dismissal Of Lawsuit
"Failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem want a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel to reconsider the dismissal of their lawsuit seeking to ban electronic voting systems." [ . . . ] "But attorneys for Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and for Maricopa and Pima Counties point out Lake and Finchem have yet to cite any evidence of hacked tabulation machines in Arizona."
Sep. 13, 2023
Conservative Politician Furious At ‘Black National Anthem’
"Ahead of Thursday night’s game, the Kansas City Boys and Girls Choir performed the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is considered by many as the “Black National Anthem.” The song was sung throughout the Civil Rights Movement and has become and important part of Black history in America. But conservative politician Kari Lake was not happy that it was played before Thursday night’s game."  [ . . . ] "“I hear the @NFL is still trying to force this divisive nonsense down America’s throats. I won’t stand for it. Literally,” Lake said in her post, re-sharing a photo of her sitting during the playing of the song at the Super Bowl back in February."
Sep. 11, 2023

Bottom Of The Lake: Potential Trump Running Mate Hits A New Low

Sep. 8, 2023

"Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) is primarily known for being a vocal election denier and one of Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters. That is why she is considered to be on the short list of the former president’s potential running mates in the 2024 election. This week, she showed why she is so popular in the MAGAverse by taking to Twitter to make a statement that, even in today’s toxic political environment, is so reprehensible and mean-spirited that it needs to be highlighted and filed away."

Kari Lake Skewered For Lying About Potential Trump Indictment In Arizona
"Kari Lake is knowingly spreading false information about the woman who beat her out for the governorship of Arizona, according to a local news columnist. Lake, who has repeatedly been called out for spreading fake news about her political opponents, recently claimed Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs "ran a sham election" and that she's now "using her illegitimate office to order her illegitimate AG to INDICT" Donald Trump. This, Lake says, is "a threat to democracy.” The only problem? Hobbs doesn't have the power to "order" such an indictment, and Lake knows that, according to AZCentral."
Aug. 17, 2023
Kari Lake Threatens Mass Gun Violence In Defense Of Donald Trump
“I have a message tonight for Merrick Garland, and Jack Smith, and Joe Biden. And the guys back there in the fake news media, you should listen up as well, this one’s for you,” she said at a speaking event in Georgia. “If you wanna get to President Trump, you’re gonna have to go through me, and you’re gonna have to go through 75 million Americans just like me. And most of us are card carrying members of the NRA."
May 10, 2023

Arizona Judge Makes Kari Lake A Loser — Again

May 22, 2023

"A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled against Kari Lake again on Monday.
According to court records, "Plaintiff did not demonstrate any lack of compliance with statute or the EPM," the ruling explained. Though it did acknowledge that she brought a "signature verification expert," but there was "no statutory or regulatory requirement that a specific amount of time be applied to review any given signature at any level of review."
Lake had the requirement to demonstrate “clear and convincing evidence,” to support her case. It's something the judge noted she hasn’t yet done in her lawsuits"

Court Documents

Arizona High Court Fines Kari Lake Lawyers For "Unequivocally False" Claim
"The Arizona Supreme Court ordered defeated GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's attorneys pay $2,000 in sanctions for making an "unequivocally false" claim that more than 35,000 ballots were "injected" into Maricopa County's total after the election."
May 4, 2023
Kari Lake Buried For 'Boneheaded' Plan To Run Roughshod Over GOP Voter's Wishes
"Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is being criticized for essentially calling for an end to the Republican primary and a declaration that former president Donald Trump is the winner who should take on Biden. Lake's Kari Lake War Room Twitter account recently posted that Trump "has proven his conservative bonafides," simultaneously declaring that he "is going to win this primary by a considerable margin." Lake is known for her faulty claims of election fraud."
Apr. 29, 2023
Kari Lake Tells Arizona Supreme Court:
Don’t Sanction Me Because I Believe My Fact-Free Claims
Apr. 7, 2023
"Kari Lake and her lawyers are asking the Arizona Supreme Court not to sanction them for their election challenge case because Lake “honestly believes that electoral misconduct and illegal votes determined the outcome of the 2022 gubernatorial election.”
The Supreme Court invited the defendants in Lake’s case, Gov. Katie Hobbs and Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, to request sanctions against Lake and her legal team for bringing frivolous claims to the courts that aren’t supported by the facts.
Lake is a Trump-endorsed Republican and 2020 election denier who lost the November race for Arizona governor to Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes. Since the election, Lake has continued to assert, without evidence, that she is the true governor and that her loss was owed to intentional malfeasance from election officials who didn’t follow proper procedures."

Fact Check: Kari Lake Falsely Claims That Nearly 250,000 Voting Attempts Failed In Midterms
A Jan. 23 Instagram post (direct linkarchived link) from former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake shows a claim about purported election fraud in the 2022 midterms. "Officials sabotaged Election Day," the caption reads. "On November 8th – when 75% of votes were for @KariLake – nearly 1/4 of a MILLION voting attempts FAILED, according to the system log files that were obtained via FOIA." The post generated nearly 43,000 likes in less than a week. Lake shared the same claim on Twitter, where it accumulated over 22,000 likes.
Our rating: False
Mar. 3, 2023
Kari Lake's Election Fraud Claims Rejected By Most Arizona Republicans
The latest Arizona Public Opinion Pulse (AZPOP) survey by OH Predictive Insights' on Thursday showed that among three-quarters of voters polled said that there is no evidence of election fraud. This includes 93 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Republicans, and 76 percent of independents. [...] "Regardless of the narrative of a stolen gubernatorial election coming from Kari Lake, the acceptance of Katie Hobbs' win is shared in majorities across party lines," said Mike Noble, chief of research and managing partner of OH Predictive Insights. "In fact, voters are 20% more sure that the Governor's race was accurate than they are confident in the midterm elections as a whole."
Mar. 3, 2023
Kari Lake Chats With COVID Denialists About Her Senate Bid
Lake chatted with hosts who implied Christians might need to resort to “bloodshed” and who called for attacks to “destroy” Pfizer over “Satanic” COVID vaccines.
Feb. 8, 2023
'Looks Like A Felony': Elections Expert Says Kari Lake May Have Gone Too Far By Tweeting Voter Signatures
Arizona statute is very clear about when and where a voter signature can be shared or replicated or reproduced, or put online or used in social media," said Tammy Patrick, chief executive for programs at the National Association of Election Administrators and a former Maricopa County elections official "The answer to all of those things basically is, 'Never' and 'Not' and 'It can't be,' with very few exceptions." [...] "Under Arizona law, "The records containing a voter's signature...shall not be accessible or reproduced by any person other than the voter." A violation of the law is a Class 6 felony that could carry jail time.
Feb. 5, 2023
Kari Lake Goes Full Bananapants, Calls Herself The 'Duly Elected Governor' Of Arizona
"Here’s a new strategy for Kevin McCarthy as he gradually realizes he should have spent the past 15 years working on the world’s largest ball of twine instead of trying to be speaker of the House: He should just say he won and is already speaker! Italian satellites have downlinked to Matt Gaetz’s head and are forcing him to do weird things. A loose, feral panda ate a shipment of bamboo ballots and has been crapping out counterfeit Boebert brains like watermelon Pez. Dude! Just say you won! After all, mouth-frothing delusion is the Republican way. Enter Kari Lake, the answer to a question no one has asked for almost two months now. Her Arizona gubernatorial bid ended in mid-November, but she’s persisted in her delusions with a Trumpian tenacity that would be simply adorable coming from a 6-year-old. The difference being that a 6-year-old would eventually move on to more productive endeavors, like eating random wads of Play-Doh and refusing to climb into the back of Ted Cruz’s windowless white van. But Lake has shown no such maturity, and as the actual Arizona governor-elect, Katie Hobbs, prepared to be inaugurated on Thursday, Lake was once again raging against the dying of the filtered light. On the right-wing network Real America’s Voice, which is essentially what Fox News would be if they wore their Hitler Underoos on the outside of their pants, Lake confidently asserted that she was the “duly elected governor” of Arizona. Because why the fuck not, huh?
Jan. 5, 2023
Kari Lake Appeals Judge’s Dismissal Of Arizona Election Challenge
Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) is appealing a Maricopa County judge’s decision to dismiss her lawsuit challenging her midterm defeat. Lake filed a notice of appeal Tuesday in Arizona Superior Court to contest the dismissal of two counts that went to court for a two-day trial as well as other counts that never made it to trial. The short trial found that she didn’t have enough evidence to back up her claims that local election officials committed intentional misconduct that impacted the race between Lake and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs (D), which Lake lost by some 17,000 votes.
Dec. 27, 2022
Lake On Hook For $33K In Witness Fees In Failed Challenge
A judge has ordered Kari Lake, the Republican who lost the Arizona governor’s race, to pay $33,000 in fees for witnesses who helped defend election officials against Lake’s failed challenge of her defeat to Democrat Katie Hobbs
Dec. 27, 2022
Kari Lake Has Just 1 Impulse: Attack! Attack! Attack!
The only thing Kari Lake revealed in her post-election lawsuit was her own serious limitations. And now she is damaged goods." [...] Kari Lake went to court to reveal what she believes were shadowy forces that manipulated the Arizona electoral system and stole from her the governor’s seat. She had no case. She had no evidence. But she did reveal something important about herself. Her extreme limitations.
Dec. 27, 2022
Arizona Judge Rejects Kari Lake’s Election Challenge And Confirms Hobbs’ Victory
An Arizona judge on Saturday rejected Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s lawsuit attempting to overturn her defeat, concluding that there wasn’t clear or convincing evidence of misconduct, and affirming the victory of Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs. Lake, who lost to Hobbs by about 17,000 votes in November, sued in an effort to overturn the election. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson allowed a two-day trial on some of Lake’s claims, which concluded late Thursday afternoon. The court ruling marks a major defeat for Lake, who built her candidacy on her support for former President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. She has since falsely claimed to have won last month’s election.
Dec. 24, 2022
Kari Lake Steve Bannon Interview So Delusional It Hurts
Lake weighed in, saying, “if they think they can continue to steal and rig elections, they are messing with the wrong people.” Of course, the election was not rigged and Kari Lake simply lost fair and square to Katie Hobbs, who will be the next Governor of Arizona.
Dec. 14, 2022
Kari Lake Sues Arizona’s Largest County, Seeking To Overturn Her Defeat
Kari Lake, the losing Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, filed a lawsuit Friday contesting the results of an election that was certified by the state this week. Ms. Lake’s lawsuit came after she had spent weeks making a series of public statements and social media posts aimed at sowing doubt in the outcome of a contest she lost by more than 17,000 votes to her Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs. That loss was certified in documents signed on Monday by Ms. Hobbs, who currently serves as secretary of state. A former news anchor, Ms. Lake centered her candidacy on false conspiratorial claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from Donald J. Trump, who had endorsed her. For the past month, Ms. Lake, her campaign and other allies have been soliciting Election Day accounts from voters on social media and at rallies.
Dec. 9, 2022
It's Official: Kari Lake, Kelli Ward And The Arizona GOP Have Lost Their Minds
The increasingly delusional Arizona Republican Party wants Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs to be investigated for 'suppressing free speech.' But its 'bombshell' doesn't even rate as a small fizzle.
Dec. 6 2022
Cochise County supervisors, Kari Lake And Mark Finchem Had A No Good, Very Bad Day
Strike a blow for the rule of law and regard for facts. A pair of judges stand up to the election deniers in Arizona.
Dec. 1, 2022
Kooky Kari Lake Thinks We’re All Going To Become Slaves If She Isn’t Appointed Arizona Governor
Arizona loser Kari Lake has never made a secret of the fact that she would not accept defeat. But the lengths to which the failed gubernatorial candidate is going in order to somehow insert herself into an elected office that the majority of her would-be constituents voted against seeing her occupy is getting hella creepy. In her latest desperate attempt to remain relevant, the former TV personality has invoked God, of all people. Though exactly what The Almighty has to do with Lake’s failed election is anyone’s guess.
Nov. 30, 2022
Trump Wants Kari Lake ‘Installed’ As Arizona’s Governor
Trump’s far-right agenda keeps running into the pesky problem of free and fair elections.
Nov. 29 2022
Democrat Katie Hobbs Defeats Trump-Backed Kari Lake In Arizona Gubernatorial Race
The secretary of state will turn Arizona's governor seat blue after triumphing over Lake, a 2020 election denier who's already casting doubt on the validity of the 2022 midterms
Nov. 14, 2022
Questions Raised About Kari Lake Receiving Unreported Free Campaign Services From Tech Company
According to a report from the Daily Beast's William Bredderman, Arizona Republican Kari Lake has been receiving free -- and likely illegal -- campaign assistance from a tech company that once paid her for "consulting." At issue is an app developed by Superfeed Technologies for Lake "which provides regular updates from Lake’s social media feed, notifies users of campaign events, and connects them with donation and volunteer sign-up portals."
Oct. 5, 2022
'She Just Flat-Out Lied': Cooper Calls Out Kari Lake's False Claim About Paul Pelosi
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Daniel Dale discuss Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake's recent comments denying that she made light of the attack of Paul Pelosi. Lake is blaming "creative editing" from the "fake news media," which is false.
Nov. 3, 2022
‘A Really Dangerous Candidate’: Kari Lake, The New Face Of Maga Republicanism
"If Lake wins, her administration will oversee the 2024 elections in a key state that could help determine who wins the presidency. She could work with the likes of Mark Finchem, the far-right Oath Keeper who is running to become the state’s top election official. Already, she has said she will only accept the 2022 election results if “fair, honest and transparent” by her standards, declining to say whether she would accept defeat."
Nov. 3, 2022
Kari Lake Says If She Were Governor, Arizona Police Would Arrest FBI Agents Enforcing A Policy That Doesn’t Even Exist
During the campaign event, Lake referenced a widespread conservative talking point about a nonexistent U.S. Department of Justice policy: I don’t believe parents are terrorists at all. And I’ll tell you what. If I were governor right now, and Joe Biden even thought he was gonna send his FBI or DOJ in to start coming after our parents, they would be met at the airport with the state police and arrested for going after our rights. We finally, as parents, have to rise up and say, “No, we’re gonna take this anymore and they call us terrorists. That’s unbelievable. We’re in an upside-down world and we need to right it.”
Nov. 2, 2022
Kari Lake Calls For Repealing Obamacare
"Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake called for repealing the Affordable Care Act at a campaign event on Monday, bringing up an issue all but forgotten by her Republican Party."
Nov. 2, 2022
Latest Campaign Reports Show Arizona Utilities Funding GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake
The political action committees for Southwest Gas and Pinnacle West, Arizona Public Service’s parent company, have maxed out their contribution limits to Kari Lake, Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, according to third-quarter campaign finance reports that the companies filed on October 15. Both utilities have also given to the Republican Governors Association, a political committee which is supporting Lake. Southwest Gas’s Arizona PAC contributed $5,300 to Kari Lake’s campaign, the maximum contribution for a PAC giving to a statewide candidate. Pinnacle West’s PAC contributed $10,600 to Lake, the maximum contribution in Arizona for PACs with “mega-PAC” status. According to Arizona campaign finance reporting, a PAC can qualify for mega-PAC status through the Secretary of State if it can prove receipt of at least $10 from at least 500 individuals for the four years prior to applying.
Oct. 31, 2022
Arizona Governor Candidate Kari Lake Jokes About Paul Pelosi Attack
“Nancy Pelosi — well, she’s got protection when she’s in D.C. Apparently her house doesn’t have a lot of protection,” Lake said, prompting laughs and applause from the crowd and the event moderator beside her."
Oct. 31, 2022
Arizona GOP Candidate Kari Lake Airs An Ad Featuring A Homophobic And Extremist Pastor
It’s an ordinary and straightforward negative ad. A local businessman in Phoenix named Justin Erickson, who says he’s a husband and father of five children, earnestly complains that his family and his employees are “overwhelmed” by rising costs, and, as ominous music plays in the background, he declares defiantly that he can’t vote for Katie Hobbs, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, because she’s “too liberal to be governor.” The spot was paid for by the Yuma County Republican Central Committee and authorized by Kari Lake, the Trump-endorsed election denialist who is the GOP candidate for governor. It covers the Republican basics: A seemingly conscientious and decent owner of a small business—and his family—is dealing with economic hardship and feels endangered by those liberal Democrats. But the ad leaves out important information: Erickson is not merely a local business owner concerned with inflation; he is a homophobic and Islamophobic pastor.
Oct. 25, 2022
Kari Lake Suggests Early Voting Be Restricted In Arizona As She Repeats Election Lies
Lake has frequently campaigned on the false claims that the 2020 presidential race was fraudulent -- at times wielding a sledgehammer, claiming it's for suspect electronic voting machines. She raised the subject of the 2020 race in her interview with Karl, wrongly alleging that "2,000 mail-in ballots were accepted by Maricopa County after Election Day in 2020, after Election Day." Maricopa County election officials told ABC News that no ballots were accepted after the deadline on Election Day in 2020. Some ballots that were scanned the next morning -- giving them a post-election timestamp -- were turned in to the office on Election Day, the officials said. In her interview, Lake offered other unsubstantiated and disproven claims about Arizona's 2020 race. At one point Lake said she wanted to discuss other topics, but Karl noted she was the one who raised the previous election.
Oct. 23,  2022
Martin Luther King’s Daughter Hits Back At Kari Lake For Saying He Would Have Been A Maga Republican
Ms Lake, the Republican governor hopeful for Arizona, said at a campaign event on Wednesday that Martin Luther King Jr would have been a so-called “America First Republican”, or a Maga acolyte, were he alive today. After Ms Lake's bizarre comments drew people's ire on social media, Martin Luther King Jr's daughter tore into her for being dismissive of her father's "seminal work and beliefs", such as ending voter suppression and treating people, including immigrants, with dignity.
Oct. 20, 2022
Arizona GOP Nominee Caught Red-Handed Using Footage Of Russian Troops Marching In A Victory Parade In Her Campaign Ad
The ad opens showing Lake and says she will “stand with Arizona’s border sheriffs,” a plea to anti-immigration voters. It immediately cuts to footage of marching troops. Those troops are Russian soldiers, not Arizona National Guardsmen.
Oct. 6, 2022
Kari Lake Is Straight-Up Lying, And There's No Second Option
Recently, Lake pounced on what she thought was a fat 'gotcha' moment against her opponent, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. From the Arizona Republic: In a three-minute social media video, set to dramatic music and featuring patriotic visuals, Lake claims that if Hobbs is elected governor “your kindergartner wouldn’t learn the Pledge of Allegiance, but your precious 5-year-old would be taught about sex.” But her suggestion is built on misrepresentations of Hobbs’ votes and the content of various Arizona education bills… Lake: “As a legislator, Hobbs actually voted to block the Pledge of Allegiance, our National Anthem, our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and even the Mayflower Compact from being taught to the next generation of Americans right here in Arizona.” The bill, which was approved by lawmakers and signed into law, did not affect the portion of the law that permits school staff to read or post the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, or the other documents Lake identified, experts say. “It’s an incorrect claim. It’s a charge that’s untrue,” said Paul Bender, a law professor at Arizona State University. “She voted simply not to add to those things, ‘In God we trust’ and ‘God enriches’.” I wonder which bright staffer dropped the Mayflower Compact in there? In Arizona? I remain unsure whether Lake believes the Mayflower Compact is a new model of Subaru. In a tweet on Wednesday appearing to double down on her previous accusations, Lake added another claim: that Hobbs opposed displaying American flags. As evidence, she cited Senate Bill 1289, Senate Bill 1020, and Senate Bill 1152. An AP review of these bills found no instance in which Hobbs voted against displaying the flag in schools. It shouldn’t be this easy to pull a candidate apart, and it should matter more that it is. Lake in a governor’s chair is like putting a duck at the controls of a 747.
Sep. 2, 2022
Kari Lake’s Claims Against Opponent Katie Hobbs Proved False
Lake hurled accusations at Hobbs in a 3-minute video posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. “In Hobbs’ Arizona, your kindergartner wouldn’t learn the Pledge of Allegiance,” said Lake. “As a legislator, Hobbs actually voted to block the Pledge of Allegiance, our national anthem, our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and even the Mayflower Compact from being taught to the next generation of Americans right here in Arizona.” To back up Lake’s shocking allegations, the video showed a bill that Hobbs voted against four years ago. However, the bombshell Lake promised was proved to be incorrect. “Voting against this bill would not be voting against the national anthem,” said Wes Gullett, former chief of staff to previous Arizona Republican governor Fife Symington. Gullett points out the bill Lake refers to only covered adding the state motto, “Ditat Deus,” which means “God Enriches,” and the national motto of “In God We Trust.” It would not have purged anything from the approved list of materials that could be read and posted in Arizona classrooms.
Sep. 21, 2022

Kari Lake Compares Herself And MAGA To Jesus, Then Echoes Trump's Un-Christian Rant

EJ Montini, Arizona Republic, Sep. 13, 2022

Facebook, Sep. 10, 2022 Source                     

Given the fact that Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, worships at the altar of Donald Trump, I suppose we should not be surprised when she compares herself and other Trump disciples to Jesus, as happened recently.
It was during a political event in a religious setting.
Lake is not speaking at a podium, but at a pulpit, playing every bit the Christian nationalist, which these days is heavy on nationalism and light – if not totally lacking – in Christianity.
While complaining about President Joe Biden’s speech condemning radical MAGA cultists, Lake said, “You can call us whatever you want, Joe. You can call us extremists. You can call us domestic terrorists. You know who else was called a lot of names his whole life? Jesus.”
Strange how politicians like Lake invoke the name of Christ and then go on to say or do un-Christian things.
That's not what Jesus said about migrants
As Lake did from behind that same pulpit, smugly echoing her Dear Leader’s disdainful remarks about migrants, saying, “The media might have a field day with this one, but I’m just going to repeat something President Trump said a long time ago and it got him into a lot of trouble. They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. And they are rapists and that’s who’s coming across our border. That’s a fact."...

Kari Lake - Fire the Fed
Kari Lake wants to fire the federal government. A vote for her could cost Arizona everything.
The Lincoln Project
Aug. 24, 2022
Kari Lake Endorses Anti-Semitic GOP Candidate In Oklahoma Who Boasted ‘Jews Will Go To Hell’
Trump-backed GOP candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, endorsed Jarrin Jackson for Oklahoma state Senate on Thursday. The endorsement raised eyebrows across the media as recent reports have uncovered Jackson’s long history of anti-Semitic and homophobic statements. The Oklahoman reported in July that Jackson “said being gay is ‘disgusting,’ called the LGBTQ lifestyle the ‘gateway to pedophilia’ and said he is not ‘beholden to Jews’ in posts and videos on right-wing social media platforms.” The report noted that Jackson posted on Telegram in January, “All Jews will go to hell if they don’t believe the gospel of Jesus Christ … just like everybody else.” He added, “I love Jews because Christ told me to, not because they deserve it.”
Aug. 19, 2022
Twisted Sister Singer Owns “Mewling Sack Of Sh*t” Arizona MAGA Candidate In Epic Twitter Feud
"Far-right candidate Kari Lake thought she had the upper hand when her campaign tried to troll Dee Snider, but the Twisted Sister front man wasn’t going to take it."
Aug. 2, 2022
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

These Arizona Candidates Still Say Donald Trump Won In 2020, Or They're Not Sure What Happened

The Arizona Republic

Jul. 15, 2022

Elected officials and candidates for office in 2022 continue to challenge and question the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.
The results have been examined and re-examined, challenged in court and in a monthslong ballot review. No evidence has been found of widespread fraud or error in the results.
Yet candidates deny the outcome. Others don't quite go as far. But they raise questions about potential irregularities they say could have influenced the vote and should be examined.
The Arizona Republic is listing candidates by category by the race that they are entered in. This list is not complete and will be updated throughout the 2022 election season.

Election deniers

These candidates in Arizona races deny that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, either in Arizona or nationwide.
US Senate

US House of Representatives


Secretary of state

Attorney general


  • Bob Lettieri, Republican

Arizona Corporation Commission

State Senate

State House of Representatives

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

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

Photo: Politifact

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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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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