Many Arizona Republicans view Lake as an extreme nationalist, not a true Arizona conservative. “Extreme Republican nationalists have wanted a civil war since Trump lost.
Trump supporters are calling for a civil war even though the FBI legally raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Trump’s own follower in Arizona, Kari Lake, the GOP winner of a narrow Republican gubernatorial primary race, issued a statement on Monday claiming that the federal government is “illegitimate” and that, if elected, he would invoke the 10e Amendment after a rant campaign against a lawful FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Lake also claimed that “God did not create us to be equal to men”, although the 52-year-old vehemently states that she will be Arizona’s next ruler and is “loved by the people”.
But Lake will have a steep climb to win the hearts of all Arizona Republicans as well as independent voters. In a recent poll, Lake was the underdog, and after barely surviving the primary in which most of the Arizona Republican establishment opposed her.
Lake can also lean heavily on history, as Republicans have won six of the last eight gubernatorial races in Arizona.
But not all Republican voters, including Arizona native and Mesa business owner Matt Newman, who spoke to Northeast Valley News at the Park Central Mall on Tuesday, think Lake is “worthy” of the GOP nomination. Newman claims Lake and others have abandoned true Arizona conservatism and embraced extreme nationalism — and says, “that’s a far cry” from what he describes as a legitimate Republican.
“Extreme Republican nationalists have wanted a civil war since Trump lost the election,” Newman said.
Like Newman, many Republicans agree that a stark contrast exists in a once united party.
After the governor’s primary ultimately resulted in a narrow victory for Lake, there had been three days of vote counting between Lake and his GOP opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson.
Even before the extended ballot count, Lake said there were “thefts going on”, but offered no evidence when pressed for details.
These are the same Trump arguments she has consistently used in her campaign referring to a “fraudulent” 2020 presidential election – which, to date, has never been proven.
Federal and state election officials, including Trump’s attorney general, have found no credible evidence that the 2020 election was tainted. Trump’s allegations and his supporter’s claims have been thrown out by the courts, including some of those he has named.