The Trump-supported candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake sparred Sunday with CNN anchor Dana Bash about election integrity.
The CNN anchor tried to “bash” Lake about her continued claims that the 2020 general election was rigged against former President Donald Trump.
“You called the 2020 election corrupt, stolen, rotten and rigged, and there was no evidence of any of that presented in a court of law or anywhere else that any of those things are true,” Bash declared on CNN’s “State of the Union” before asking, “So why do you keep saying that?”
Lake rebutted by informing Bash there was evidence.
“We had 740,000 ballots with no chain of custody,” she explained. “Those ballots shouldn’t have been counted.”
Lake was referring to a suggestion that between 100,000 and 200,000 ballots were transported without a proper chain of custody in an interim report produced by Arizona Attorney General Mark Bronvich.
The AG’s report did not allege mass election fraud, according to a report in The Hill.
The state attorney general’s interim report suggested it was possible that between 100,000 and 200,000 ballots were transported without a proper chain of custody, but the report did not allege that mass fraud occurred.
“Are you undermining faith in elections by saying that the 2020 election was stolen when there’s absolutely no evidence to support that?” asked Bash.
The Arizona Republican didn’t blink an eye before turning the tables on the CNN reporter.
“In 2018, Stacey Abrams never conceded. She still hasn’t,” Lake rebutted. “I don’t hear CNN calling her an election denier.”
Abrams lost her bid to become Georgia’s governor by 50,000 votes in 2018. She noted there was no legal recourse for her to undo the election results but refused to concede.
“Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper,” Abrams declared after her election loss. “As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede.”
A USA Today report compares Trump’s consequences with Abrams’ consequences for not going gentle into that good night.
“Trump was impeached by congressional Democrats for “incitement” when he falsely alleged that the 2020 election was stolen,” contributed Brad Raffensperger in an opinion essay published by the Gannet newspaper. “Abrams still claims her 2018 gubernatorial election “was stolen from the voters.”
The Arizona candidate insisted Americans have a First Amendment right to question government.
“We still have the First Amendment, and when you start seeing the media cancel people for questioning their government, then that’s when we have a problem,” Lake said.
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