Senate candidate Kari Lake, at an event hosted by conservative group Turning Point USA, reaffirmed her belief that legal actions against her and others who propagated false claims about the US elections are politically driven. Lake criticized the ongoing efforts to discipline her and her associates for spreading misinformation about the elections, and condemned the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. She depicted the legal actions against her as a coordinated intimidation effort rather than a consequence of due process.
Senate Candidate Kari Lake Asserts Legal Actions are Politically Motivated
Senate candidate Kari Lake, at a Turning Point USA event, reiterated that legal actions against her and others who promoted false U.S. election claims are politically motivated.
The Turning Point USA’s annual “AmericaFest” conference in Phoenix featured several Republican luminaries, including Lake, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Lake and other speakers were welcomed onstage in a display more akin to a rock concert than a political rally, complete with flame machines, blasting music, and patriotic animations.
Lake criticized the ongoing efforts to reprimand her and her associates for promoting misinformation about U.S. elections. She expressed her frustration with the attorney discipline system in Arizona. An Arizona Supreme Court panel found probable cause to discipline three lawyers representing her in election lawsuits.
Additionally, Lake denounced the ongoing defamation lawsuit filed by Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer against her. She depicted the lawsuit as more of a coordinated intimidation effort than a legal proceeding.
No evidence of significant fraud has been found in either the 2020 presidential election or Arizona’s 2022 governor’s election. Arizona’s Supreme Court dismissed Lake’s 2022 election challenges, except for a point related to voter signature verification, which Lake is still appealing.
Lake also defended comedian Roseanne Barr, whose sitcom was canceled after she posted a series of racist tweets. “They’re going after you. None of us are safe,” Lake said.
Turning Point USA, led by Charlie Kirk, has galvanized MAGA movement followers and helped reshape the Arizona Republican Party in former President Donald Trump’s image.
Earlier in the event, Ramaswamy, a longshot presidential candidate, endorsed the “great replacement theory,” a core tenet of white nationalist ideology. He also promoted fringe views, such as the belief that the U.S. government hasn’t revealed the truth about 9/11, and that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol could have been instigated by federal agents.
Patrick Byrne, former Overstock.com CEO and a major supporter of Arizona’s Republican-led election recount in 2020, proposed the formation of “well-ordered militias in conjunction with your sheriffs” at the event.
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