KINGMAN — With well over 100 people packed into the Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468, attendees of the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman listened as Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake spoke about her proposed agenda and took digs at the media on Monday, Nov. 8.
Lake, a former Fox 10 Phoenix News anchor, said she left the journalism field due to the corruption she claims took over the trade. While she does not have a resume in politics, she said she knows Arizona and Arizona knows her after being in their homes for over 20 years.
In attendance at the Monday, Nov. 8 meeting were state Sen. Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) Rep. Leo Biasiucci (R-Lake Havasu City), Kingman Mayor Jen Miles and Kingman Councilmember Cherish Sammeli. CRCK president Laurence Schiff said the meeting had the highest attendance he’s ever seen.
Endorsed by former President Donald Trump and Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Prescott), Lake describes herself as a Trump Republican. Lake currently leads the polls and has been hosting rallies across the state to motivate voter turnout and encourage people to switch to the Republican party, like Lake did.
For Lake, her past in journalism and current role in politics allows her to fight the “bastards in the media” she claims are feeding Americans lies. Lake said the brainwashing of the media stems from schools and their role in indoctrinating students with liberal ideology.
“They’re teaching that America is not a good country and that America is a racist country,” Lake said. “I’ll tell you what, this is the least racist country in the world.”
Lake also pointed fingers at the teachers unions for pushing what she says is “garbage” in schools. In order to change the education system, Lake said she wants to prepare kids to join the workforce right out of high school so they don’t have to go to four-year universities to be further “brainwashed” by professors. Borrelli also interrupted by shouting to “defund universities.”
When asked if she supports cameras in classrooms to see what students are being taught, Lake said she supports it, but only if cameras show the teachers and not the students. She argued that the only good thing to come out of covid-19 was to see what kids are learning.
“It’s mind control what they’re doing to them,” Lake claimed. “And then it goes into the universities and then from the universities, the media takes over and finishes the brainwashing.”
Lake said she believes the corporate media is to blame for the harm they did to Trump and described the media corporations being the biggest threat to the country.
“They will never do fair stories on the conservatives because they do not want conservatives in power. We have to fight back against the media,” Laker said. Her comments were met with applause.
Lake said the media is to blame for fear of COVID-19 and alternative treatments, the 2020 election and protests across the country.
Prior to her run as governor and as a reporter, Lake shared a COVID-19 video that had been debunked by doctors. She went on Twitter claiming the video was one of the most “honest” briefings she had seen in relation to COVID-19. Lake has also led an anti-mask rally at Arizona State University in Tempe.
She also said it was unfair for the media to refer to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol an insurrection while the protests following the killing of George Floyd are described as peaceful protests.
“And then they call the insurrection on Jan. 6 an insurrection, but they call everything else a peaceful protest,” Lake said.
Along with pushing back against the media, Lake said this includes their reporting on the 2020 election. Lake said if she was governor during the 2020 election, she would not have certified the election in which Trump lost to President Joe Biden.
“I know that a lot of politicians right now want to ignore and say: ‘Oh, let’s just move on, let’s just go to the next election,’ We can’t do that, because the next election is going to be crooked, so we have to get to the bottom of what happened in 2020,” Lake claimed.
She applauded legislators, like Borrelli, for their work involving the audit despite the audit failing to find proof of widespread voter fraud some elected official claim. Neither did the hand counts, forensic audit of voting machines or multiple lawsuits.
When asked about her past as a Democrat, Lake said it’s important to not turn away or isolate turned Republicans because that would be “shooting ourselves in the foot.”
“How do you win an election? You get more votes,” Lake said. “If we start telling Democrats who walked away: ‘We don’t want you;’ it’s suicidal.”
If elected, Lake said she will shut down the southern border and welcome innovative solutions. When asked if she would approve of militias to protect the border, Lake said sheriffs have the ability to deputize individuals who are “willing and able.”
“We’ve got an invasion at our border, and what we’re doing now is not working,” Lake opined. “And there are a lot of great Arizonans I know who could help out, so I’m open to that.”
Currently, Lake said the federal government is not doing their job to protect the border. She said she would stand up to do “what’s right” and get serious about the border.
“We can’t just let people roam free and come across and not do anything about it, because we have a big heart,” Lake said. “We’re all big-hearted Americans – but we’ve got to start using our heads.”
Lineman workers of UniSource who are refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine also attended the meeting. They said they will be losing their jobs since they do not plan to get the vaccine.
Lake describes federal vaccine mandates as Communism and an attack on the middle class. While UniSource is not a federal entity, Lake said companies still bear the burden of hurting the middle class.
“Joe Biden wants our middle class decimated,” Lake opined. “He wants hard-working men and women decimated.”
To continue promoting Trump Republicanism, Lake said it’s important to gear the energy towards young voters. Currently, Lake said she has 22 interns in her campaign. She also said her events and rallies with a year out to the election attract thousands.
“We’re bringing in new people, and we’re going to have a huge turnout when I’m on the ballot,” Lake said. “This is what we want.”