As Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake continued to wait for the results of her close race against Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs following Tuesday’s election, she took time to address her frustrations with the process in an interview with Turning Point USA co-founder and executive director Charlie Kirk.
“It’s embarrassing the way elections are run in Arizona. This is why I’ve been sounding the alarm since 2020. Against the fake news saying, ‘Oh, you can’t question our elections, how dare you! You’re an election denier!’ You know what? This is why we’ve been questioning them,” Lake explained during Kirk’s podcast on Thursday.
.@KariLake It’s embarrassing the way elections are run in Arizona. This is why I’ve been sounding the alarm since 2020. Against the fake news saying, ‘ou can’t question our elections, how dare you! You’re an election denier! You know what? This is why we’ve been questioning them. pic.twitter.com/2BoDipHA0J
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) November 10, 2022
“We’re going to win this, and there’s not a darn thing they can do to stop it,” Lake said. “We The People are taking our government back,” she predicted while also blasting her opponent for botching ballot counting.
“This is just an embarrassment, and the people of Arizona are sick and tired of elections being run like we’re in some banana republic,” she added.
Last month, Lake said in an interview that one of her first actions as governor would be to significantly reform the state’s voting system, largely by shortening it.
“Our Constitution says Election Day. It doesn’t say election season, election month. And the longer you drag that out, the more fraught with problems there are,” Lake told ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl.
“As governor, would you seek to change the election laws? And specifically, would you look to limit early voting and mail-in voting in Arizona?” Karl asked after introducing the segment by claiming that Lake was the most vociferous in pushing “Donald Trump’s lies” about the 2020 election.
“I don’t know exactly how we’ll do it, but we will secure our elections, restore faith in our elections, make sure our elections are honest and transparent,” Lake said.
Karl countered with this question: “I assume everybody wants that. But specifically early voting and mail-in voting, which you’ve been very critical of — would you seek to limit it?”
“I think, you know, a lot of things going back to when I first started voting back in the 80s, we had Election Day. Our Constitution says Election Day. It doesn’t say election season, election month. And the longer you drag that out, the more fraught with problems there are,” said Lake. “We just saw problems this week with Katie Hobbs, my opponent. She just put out — sent out 6,000 ballots that went – the wrong type of ballots to the wrong people.”
Karl countered: “But just to be clear, the Republicans on the Board of Supervisors, the Republican governor, now the Republican candidate for Senate, running along with you, the Republican Attorney General under Donald Trump, Bill Barr — all said that there, that there wasn’t, you know, that the election was — was not stolen.”
“Well, we have a lot of corruption in the system, and they don’t want — I think a lot of people who were responsible for that election know that there were rules broken and laws broken, and they don’t want to admit fault, OK?” Lake said.