Kari Lake & Paul Gosar’s Potential Clash in Arizona House Race



The article discusses the in-fighting and rivalries within the MAGA (Make America Great Again) movement, with particular reference to Donald Trump’s tendency to turn on his own appointees. It provides specific examples of Trump’s former appointees, such as Bill Barr and Mick Mulvaney, publicly opposing him. The piece also highlights a disagreement between Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake over who should replace retiring Rep. Debbie Lesko in Arizona’s heavily Republican Congressional District 8, with Gosar supporting Blake Masters and Lake backing Abe Hamadeh.

Trump’s Political Cannibalism Emerges in GOP Battles

Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters and Republican attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh

Donald Trump’s aggressive political tactics have prompted comparisons to survival behaviors in the animal kingdom. The advent of Trump in politics has sparked infighting among MAGA Republicans, akin to survivalist cannibalism observed in various animal species.

Trump’s Allies Bite Back

Trump, known for his anthropophagous political approach, has seen retaliation from those he once elevated to high positions. Several former allies, including ex-Attorney General Bill Barr and former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, have publicly opposed Trump.

Divisions in Arizona’s Republican District

Differences among MAGA supporters like Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake have come into the limelight over the replacement for retiring Rep. Debbie Lesko in Arizona’s Republican Congressional District 8. Gosar backs Blake Masters, while Lake supports Abe Hamadeh.

The Clash of Similarities

Despite being of the same stripe and sharing a fealty to Trump, Masters and Hamadeh are at odds. This intra-party battle illustrates Trump’s influence in creating a pack that isn’t afraid to bite back.

Despite their similarities, including a history of losing, the two candidates are caught up in the survivalist politics inspired by Trump. This different kind of pack is proving that they’re willing to eat their own in the political arena.

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