The candidate for governor has been akin to Trump in his attack on the mainstream media, despite having achieved success as a professional anchor
The Trump-allied Republican candidate for governorship in Arizona, Kari Lake, said to reporters that she’d be their “worst fricking nightmare for eight years” should she defeat her opponent Democrat Katie Hobbs for the post.
Lake is being marketed as a potential running mate of Donald Trump in his widely expected bid to win the Republican Presidential nomination for 2024. Lake has stated he’ll make public later in the month.
In response to a question on Tuesday this former TV anchor responded: “We have talked about this in the past. I’ve already answered this question before. I will not only serve as governor for Arizona over four years but but also to run for two terms.”
“I’m likely to become your biggest nightmare for the next eighteen years. We will change the media too. We’re going to turn you into journalists again So get prepared. It’s going to be an enjoyable eight years. I am looking forward to cooperating with you.”
Lake has been a mirror for Trump in slamming the mainstream media, despite having enjoyed success within it. Before he became a politician, Trump hosted 14 seasons of The Apprentice for NBC. Lake was a long-running anchor as an anchor on KSAZ-TV that was an affiliate of Fox affiliate located in Phoenix.
On the day of the election, Lake shared a campaign advertisement where she crashed televisions.
“It’s time to take a sledgehammer to the mainstream media’s lies and propaganda,” Lake, who has repeated Trump’s propagandist lie about electoral fraud in his defeat by Joe Biden in 2020, said in the three-and-a-half-minute ad.
Its TVs Lake destroyed aired anchors and anchors working for MSNBC and CNN and CNN, including Don Lemon, still employed at CNN and two anchors who have quit, Chris Cuomo and Brian Stelter.
Lake said that the media employed “fear-mongering to manipulate a scared and broken population”, as a tactic “right out of a communist playbook”.
“I know this because I used to work for the mainstream media,” she declared.
As Arizona went to the polls for Lake on Tuesday afternoon, his move into politics appeared to be a success. According to the Cook Political Report rated the governor’s race as a toss-up, but the polling site FiveThirtyEight offered Lake an odds of 68% of winning. According to the University of Virginia Center for Politics stated that the race was heavily Republican.
“Lake’s views on the legitimacy of the 2020 election have made her a polarizing figure,” Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik and J Miles Coleman pointed out concerns about how Lake could be positioned to run for president in 2024.
“But she is more charismatic than her Democratic opponent … who drew criticism for refusing to debate.”