Kari Lake slams the media’s hypocrisy on election integrity

by Samantha Flom

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Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake is hitting back against the media’s hypocrisy on election integrity, and she is not pulling her punches.

At a press conference Friday, one reporter asked Lake, “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 [2020] election when he lost it?” 

Lake countered by asking why questioning an election should be considered divisive.

“I was a journalist after 2016, and I distinctly remember many people just like you asking a lot of questions about the 2016 election results,” the former news anchor noted. “And nobody tried to shut you up. Nobody tried to tell Hillary Clinton to shut up. Nobody tried to tell 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.”

She continued: “I don’t see how asking questions about an election where there were many problems is dividing a country. What I do see 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 had the Constitution. It’s hanging by a thread thanks to some of the work some people in this area have done. But we’re going to save that Constitution and we’re going to bring back freedom of speech. And maybe someday you’ll thank us for that.”

Lake’s remarks followed a sinister speech from Joe Biden Thursday night during which he attacked “MAGA Republicans” for questioning the 2020 election results, asserting that they represent “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”

Naturally, the speech was not received well by conservatives, with many likening the scene to something out of Nazi Germany.

One such viewer was Tucker Carlson, who mocked Biden’s assertion stating, “Yeah. ‘They’re a threat,’ says the guy with the blood-red Nazi background and Marines standing behind him.”

Meanwhile, another viewer noted that the date on which Biden chose to deliver his speech also holds a historic link to WWII, tweeting: “Fitting that Biden gave a Hitler style speech last night on the 83rd anniversary of Nazi Germany invading Poland kicking off WW2.”

The speech left a bad taste in many mouths, but only time will tell whether that flavor will linger long enough to impact the midterms.

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