Kari Lake, Republican gubernatorial candidate from Arizona, didn’t have it when reporters wanted her to address whether she’s a 2020 ballot holder.
“When you start throwing around terms like election deniers, let’s remember who the other election deniers were: Hillary Clinton and all the Democrats,” Lake said on a Monday campaign event in phoenix.
“Let’s talk about election deniers. Here are 150 examples of Democrats denying election results,” Lake said, holding up a handful of documents.
Two of the most prominent she identified were 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams.
“So it’s okay for Democrats to question elections, but it’s not okay for Republicans. It’s a pot of BS. Each of you knows it. We have our freedom of speech because we’re not going to give it away to a bunch of fake news propagandists,” Lake said.
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Let’s talk about “election deniers”.
I brought receipts with me. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/0vzg0ecdx3
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 18, 2022
After President Joe Biden delivered a controversial speech at Independence Hall last month in which he accused MAGA Republicans of undermining democracy by not accepting the 2020 election results, the Republican National Committee released a 10-minute video of Democrats who deny or cast doubt on the 2016, 2004 and 2000 election results.
Clinton appeared in the video several times, claiming that Trump is not the legitimate president.
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the candidate and have the election stolen from you,” she said in 2019.
Here are ten minutes in a row of Democrats denying election results.pic.twitter.com/bJRbzEcIO2
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 4, 2022
Current White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted in December 2016 after Trump’s election victory: “Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen elections…welcome to the world of #unpresided Trump.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted a few months after Trump took office in 2016: “Our election has been hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 16, 2017
In January 2005, then House Minority Leader Pelosi backed the Democrats who rose up against the 2004 Ohio Electoral College vote count between George W. Bush and John Kerry. The decisive factor in 2004 was the result in Ohio.
“Mr. Speaker, today we are witnessing democracy at work,” Pelosi said. “This debate is fundamental to our democracy.”
She added, “Constantly changing Ohio vote numbers and faulty electronic machines that may not have paper receipts have resulted in an additional loss of public confidence.”
These were the things that Lake and the Republicans had concerns about in the 2020 election.
The GOP also highlighted the media’s double standards in calling Abrams an election denier to Republican candidates and officials.
The party compiled a list of 35 cases in which it found the Democrat denying the result of Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election.
In a Sunday interview with Lake, CNN’s Dana Bash spent more than half of the roughly 12-minute call asking the candidate several questions about her views on the 2020 election.
Bash noted that Lake called the election rigged and stolen, but the CNN host said there was “nowhere” evidence of such things presented.
Lake responded that there was ample evidence that there were 740,000 ballots without a chain of custody and therefore should not have been counted.
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Bash countered that such claims were debunked.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released an interim report on the 2020 Maricopa County election in April, in which he concluded that fraud had occurred and uncovered serious issues related to the handling of over 100,000 mail-in ballots.
“Our review uncovered multiple violations of ballot transportation procedures,” the attorney general wrote. “Specifically, our research confirmed that of 1,895 returns for early voting ballot transportation, 381 forms, or 20 percent, were missing the required information.
“These included missing audit signatures, missing ballot fields, missing election department signatures, missing courier signatures and missing documentation of security seals, and missing the two required seal numbers,” Republican Brnovich added.
“In other words, it’s possible that somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 ballots were transported without a proper chain of custody.”
Brnovich also emphasized that Maricopa County was unwilling to turn over all materials related to the 2020 general election, which the AG’s Election Integrity Office requested, despite multiple requests, beginning in September 2021 after the Arizona Senate turned over the results of its review.
Lake argued in her CNN interview, “We have the right — it’s protected by our First Amendment — to question our government and elections.”
“We still have the First Amendment, and when you start seeing the media reject people for questioning their government, then we have a problem,” she continued.
Lake has called for electoral reform.
“We want to know that our legal vote counted,” she told Bash. “We want to know the winner on election night. We don’t want to count 10 days.”
At Monday’s event in Phoenix Lake, he said, “If I’m governor, we’re going to make sure we have an honest election. We have the Democrats, the Independents and the Republicans to all know their votes have been counted. We want fair, honest and transparent elections and we will offer that to the people.”
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