Lake Launches Senate Bid: Will She Make Waves?
Kari Lake, a former news anchor and prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump, announced her bid for U.S. Senate from Arizona on Tuesday.
Lake, who narrowly lost her bid for Arizona governor in 2022, is vying for the seat held by independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Sinema has not yet said whether she will seek a second term, but if she does, it would set up a three-way race between Lake, Sinema, and a Democratic nominee.
Lake is known for her outspoken support for Trump and her embrace of his false claims about the 2020 election. She has also been critical of Sinema, accusing her of being a “traitor” to the Democratic Party.
“I am not going to retreat,” Lake reportedly told a crowd in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I’m going to stand on top of this hill with every single one of you. And I know you’re on my side as I formally announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”
She became one of the most outspoken supporters of former President Donald Trump. Lake spent the months leading up to her bid for Congress advocating for his 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
“We’ve got one year to save this country, and we’ve got to go in a different direction, people,” Lake said, according to Axios. “We’ve got to go away from Joe Biden.”
Trump reportedly endorsed Lake in a video played during the event.
“In the Senate, we have to have a big, strong majority to help me push our America First agenda through and to push it through really fast,” Trump said, according to Axios. “And that starts right here, tonight, by helping Kari Lake win in Arizona. She will win.”
“Our border is wide open in Arizona… there is an absolute invasion in our country,” Lake said. “I’m really, really worried about the same thing happening here. The cartels own Arizona, and until we kick Joe Biden to the curb, Ruben Gallego, and Krysten Sinema, we’re not gonna have a state.”
Kari Lake will be an incredible Senator for the Great State of Arizona. She has my Complete and Total Endorsement! pic.twitter.com/eBCODLCumv
— il Donaldo Trumpo (@PapiTrumpo) October 11, 2023