Kari Lake is the Republican nominee for the governorship of Arizona. And she’s a MAGAt liar. She’s one of hundreds of candidates running in this nation that push The Big Lie, that either Trump won or that there was massive election fraud throughout the country. There are over 300 candidates in the United States who deny that President Biden won the 2020 election. FiveThirtyEight says 60 percent of Americans will have an election denier on their ballot this fall. That’s fucked up and ironic all at once.
These goons are running for office asking for your vote which they claim is fraudulent. Many are claiming elections don’t work unless they win. Some of these goons are running for office where it will be their job, if they win, to protect the integrity of elections.
Kari Lake is one of them. Lake went on CNN over the past weekend where Dana Bash bashed her over her election-denying lies. Bash asked Lake why she kept repeating the lies. Lake said, “Well, there’s plenty of evidence. We had 740,000 ballots with no chain of custody. Those ballots shouldn’t have been counted.”
Officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, acknowledge that a fifth of the forms documenting the transfer of drop-box ballots had incomplete information, including missing signatures. The county estimates that maybe as many as 200,000 votes were transferred without full documentation. Election-denying right-wing groups have used this to build and push the conspiracy of massive election fraud.
But, that’s not evidence of fraud. It’s evidence of mismanagement. And, the presidential election in Maricopa County has been audited more than once, even by Republican groups pushing the Big Lie. Yet, Lake believes all those votes, more than a third cast in the county, should be thrown out. Throwing out votes is NOT “election integrity.” That’s fraud. Republicans claim votes for Trump were thrown out in the 2020 election, yet they’re demanding that the same thing be done with votes for Joe Biden.
This is like when Republicans yell and scream about corruption from Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden that they can’t actually prove, while ignoring Trump’s corruption. The thing is, they don’t actually care about corruption, just partisanship. If you’re upset over Hunter Biden, who’s never ever worked in government, receiving money from foreign sources but don’t give a hoot about Jared Kushner receiving $2 billion from his buddy and journalist murderer, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he had many negotiations with as a White House adviser, then you don’t care about actual corruption. You’re a fraud and a hack. The truth is, you support corruption.
It’s like when these goons scream about corruption in Ukraine when the actual problem they have with that nation is it wasn’t corrupt enough to play ball with Donald Trump’s corruption.
And these goons like Kari Lake don’t care about “election integrity.” You don’t care about election integry when you’re trying to destroy the right to vote. Liar don’t have integrity, so they’re not the people to trust with our elections.
Bash asked Lake, “If leaders like you and President Trump are saying that the election was stolen, aren’t you participating, contributing, even causing the idea of people thinking that the election is not safe and secure?” Lake lied and said no.
Lake said, “No. We are going to make sure our elections are safe and secure for Democrats, independents and Republicans alike. We want to know that our legal vote counted.” But the thing is, they were counted. And in Maricopa County, counted multiple times. Even Republicans aligned with Trump couldn’t find any election. Yet, Lake lies and still says Trump won the state and Biden stole the presidency. And, she doesn’t use proof because she doesn’t have any.
Lake is a liar. Like most Republicans, it’s kind of her thing. She’s also a vile human being and has called for the arrest of her opponent, Katie Hobbs, without any real reason. She’s called for the arrest of journalists which is scary considering she used to be one.
Lake has claimed January 6 rioters have been imprisonsed without being charged (a lie). She has repeated false claims of election fraud from people like Sidney Powell. She likes to spread her lies on Parler, a right-wing hate site which is about to be bought by Kanye West.
And Lake says she will accept the results of Arizona’s gubernatorial election…only if she wins.
Kari Lake, like Donald Trump and all Republicans, do not care about election integrity. You can’t really care about election integrity when you personally don’t have any integrity.
Creative note: I’m leaving Louisiana today and my flight is at 5:32 p.m. I had to check out of my ratty hotel at 11 a.m. Since I had nowhere to go and didn’t want to just keep Ubering all over the twin cities (Monroe and West Monroe), I came to the airport. I figured I had plenty of time to write this blog before my flight.
Monroe’s airport is a tiny regional airport that only gets about five flights a day, from either Atlanta or Dallas/Fort Worth. There are empty counters car rental companies used to occupy (there are two left). There are empty spots where there used to be restaurants. There are no more restaurants in this airport and in fact, it’s probably the only airport in the nation where you can NOT get a cup of coffee. Even the airport on Wings had a lunch counter. There are vending machines which a guy is refilling right now…noisily. In fact, despite the slow business in this airport, it’s chock-full of distractions while I’m trying to write. There are the announcements that don’t really pertain to anyone because no one is flying yet. There’s the security guard tapping his fingers on his desk because there aren’t enough people here to look at suspiciously. There are weird pounding noises coming from a place unknown. Several airport employees are having conversations with each other while standing 40 feet apart. There are the kids standing at the snack machines trying to make up their minds while debating Doritos vs. Mr. Freshley’s Cupcakes. And goddammit, snack man is back to refill the same machine.
I can sit in a busy airport like Washington or Atlanta, and get work done. But a quiet place with just one noise will stop me in my tracks and I can’t think of how to write the next…
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