Arizona Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake’s demolition of a snarky reporter should serve as a model for conservatives when it comes to dealing with the media, demonstrating how to perfectly answer a “gotcha” question while at the same time, dispensing out a badly needed reminder to the press about freedom of speech and the principles that this great nation has stood for.
Lake, who has received endorsements from both former President Donald J. Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a rising star in GOP politics, was able to dispatch her Mike Pence-backed establishment primary opponent and is now squaring off against Democrat Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state in November for all the marbles.
During a a press conference following President Joe Biden’s historic speech in which he effectively designated America first Republicans as enemies of the state, the unsuspecting reporter sought to trip up the former television news reporter over Trump’s ongoing contention that the 2020 election wasn’t on the up-and-up but soon discovered that he had inadvertently fed his own arm into a woodchipper.
“You said you feel like Joe Biden is dividing the country, but do you feel like Donald Trump is doing the same by falsely telling people that he won that election when he lost it?” asked the activist reporter who likely was not anticipating what came next.
.@KariLake to Reporter: “We’re going to bring back freedom of speech. And maybe some day you’ll thank us for that”
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) September 2, 2022
“How does that divide the country?” Lake responded. “Questioning an election where there are obviously problems is dividing the country? Since when can we not ask questions about our elections?”
“As a journalist for many years, I was a journalist after 2016 and I distinctly remember many people just like you asking a lot questions about the 2016 election results,” she said. “And nobody tried to shut you up. Nobody tried to tell Hillary Clinton to shut up. Nobody tried to Kamala Harris when she was questioning the legitimacy of these electronic voting machines to stop.”
“We have freedom of speech in this country and you of all people should appreciate that,” Lake continued. “You’re supposedly a journalist, you should appreciate that. So, I don’t see how asking questions about an election where there are many problems is dividing a country. What I do see as dividing a country is shutting people down, censoring people, canceling people, trying to destroy people’s lives when they do ask questions.”
“Last I heard, we still have the Constitution. It’s hanging by a thread, thanks to some of the work that some people in this area have done,” she said. “But we’re gonna save that Constitution, we’re gonna bring back freedom of speech and maybe some day you’ll thank us for that.”
Twitter reacted to Lake’s righteous beatdown of the overmatched reporter.
Kari Lake with an absolute flamethrower for this reporter on questioning elections: pic.twitter.com/TOtF3Xa6Tk
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 3, 2022
This just vaulted her to a different level in her career.
— Swirvithan L. Gooding Splatt 🏒🏈🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@l_splatt) September 3, 2022
Who was the reporter? Anyone check to see if he’s ok after that burn?
— Apax Photography (@andrew_pax) September 3, 2022
DeSantis level answer. 🇺🇸 Definitely have my vote.
— Edubs (@esrweaver) September 2, 2022
— Chris Valair (@cvalair7) September 3, 2022
Kari is what Republicans need badly!
— Craig (@CraigLo16410438) September 3, 2022
— Sierra Doode (@DoodeSierra) September 3, 2022
A campaign video that was released by Lake last year by doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the media which she literally takes a sledgehammer to.
Lockdowns, Masks, Weak Border Policies, Sketchy Elections & FAKE News Media — I’m taking a Sledgehammer to ALL of it
Elect the Conservative Outsider as Governor to drain the Arizona Swamp. Vote Kari Lake TODAY! pic.twitter.com/xCKIAeTnto
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) August 2, 2022
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