Kari Lake says she will take her fight all the way to the Supreme Court ahead of Monday hearing
Election denier Kari Lake promised Sunday to take her fight all the way to the Supreme Court if her case that is thrown out in a hearing on Monday.
Lake was the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona and has launched legal action to have her defeat overturned or have the election rerun because of problems at polling stations.
‘I’m not going to stand down,’ she told supporters at a gathering of conservatives in Phoenix. ‘These people are corrupt.’
Governor elect Katie Hobbs says that her claims do not stand up to scrutiny. She wants Lake’s suit thrown out.
Kari Lake takes the stage in a shower of confetti at Turning Point USA’s America Fest Sunday
Arizona Republican is promising to take her legal battle over November’s election results all the way to the Supreme Court. She has emerged as a possible VP pick for Donald Trump
And lawyers for Maricopa County, the most populous part of the state, and where the irregularities are reported to have taken place, filed a separate motion last week, asking for her claims to be thrown out.
Their case will be heard on Monday.
Lake insisted she will fight on whatever happens.
‘I’m going to take my election lawsuit, which is the strongest election lawsuit this country has ever put forth. And I will take it to the Supreme Court if necessary.
‘That’s right. You do not steal our vote and get away with it. You don’t then mess with the wrong woman. So we go to court tomorrow.’
Weeks before the election, Lake said the only reason she could lose was because of fraud.
In her lawsuit, she alleges that election day printer problems meant her supporters were prevented from casting a voter, and that ‘hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots’ were cast in the election.
But her opponents say she lacks proper proof.
‘Not only do plaintiff’s allegations fail to support finding that she is entitled to be awarded enough votes to change the outcome of the election, but also, they do not show even a single illegal vote, any erroneous count of votes, or that the Defendant election officials engaged in any misconduct,” wrote lawyers with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office,’ according to Arizona Central.
Election workers open mail in ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on November 11, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona
Lake has emerged as a star of the Donald Trump-aligned right in the past year, as she came close to winning Arizona. There is even chatter that she might make a strong pick for running mate.
She received rapturous applause during the second day of Turning Point USA’s America Fest in her home town.
While the gathering of young conservatives grapples with the results of last month’s midterms, and whether Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis is the right pick for 2024, she offered a full-throated endorsement.
‘Seven years ago, when Trump came down that escalator Republican Party was on life support. It was a bunch of R.I.N.O.s and he did something amazing: he revived it with truth,’ she said, using an acronym for ‘Republicans in name only.’
‘He revived it with common sense policy. And he brought we the people back into the fold.’
And she made clear her allegiance was with the former president.
‘Listen, want to bring somebody else back? I think you know what I’m talking about: President Donald J. Trump,’ she declared.
‘He and I have become good friends. That man cares more about this country than anybody I know. He’s given up more than anybody I know. And these bastards of the media want to drag him through the mud.’
With that she raised a fist and clasped her bicep with the other hand, in an obscene gesture.
Donald Trump WAS a great president, Ron DeSantis IS a great governor: Members of the Republican base hint that they are ready for a new generation of leader to run in 2024
Turning Point USA’s America Fest is a celebration of all things Trump. Don Jr. was a big draw at the event in Phoenix on Sunday, speakers signed off with calls to ‘make America great again,’ and the whole shebang was organized by Charlie Kirk, whose navy suit, white shirt and red tie are a sartorial endorsement of the former president.
But things get more complicated when you ask attendees if they are backing Donald Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the 2024 Republican nomination.
‘Either one of them fits the bill,’ said Michelle Phillips, a bookkeeper form southern California, admitting that she had not yet made up her mind.
Lori McHugh said she was still a ‘Trump woman’ in a statement that ended with a ‘but.’
‘I love DeSantis,’ she said, wearing a star-spangled hat as she browsed a stall selling sequined purses emblazoned with the former president’s name. ‘Trump is very polarizing. Some people just hate him.’
Attendees at America Fest in Phoenix, Arizona, gathered to discuss the way ahead after November’s disappointing midterm results and plan for 2024. Turning Point USA supporters in the past have been 100 percent behind Donald Trump but now people like Lori McHugh say they can imagine a future where the nominee is someone else
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has eaten into Donald Trump’s status as front runner for the Republican 2024 nomination. And now the base may have begun moving his way too
This should be Trump territory, a gathering of grassroots conservatives where MAGA-cap wearing supporters cluster around media stands to hear Rep. Matt Gaetz being interviewed or to have their picture taken with Don Jr.
A man in a brick-patterned suit is a reminder of Trump’s big 2016 election promise.
But interviews with a dozen attendees suggest Trump is not guaranteed to win their votes if DeSantis decides to run against him.
Even Fox News host Tucker Carlson hedged his bets when asked by an audience member who he was backing after a speech on Saturday night,.
‘I’m not endorsing anybody,’ he said. ‘I have no idea what’s going to happen in the Republican primary.’
He praised Trump’s 2016 campaign for turning politics upside down but said people were moving to Florida – comments that some listeners said hinted it was time for a new generation to take over, the 76-year-old handing on to the 44-year-old.
The match-up remains hypothetical. But Trump has seen his frontrunner status battered by disappointing midterm results, when he took much of the blame for Republicans’ failure to win back the Senate.
‘I’m not endorsing anybody,’ said Fox News host Tucker Carlson when he was asked on Saturday evening. ‘I have no idea what’s going to happen in the Republican primary.’
A string of recent polls, including this one last week for the Wall Street Journal, suggest Trump has lost his frontrunner status in a match up with the Florida governor
America Fest is the first mass gathering of grassroots conservatives since November’s disappointing midterm election results. They heard from leading Republican voices
A string of his picks – Herschel Walker in Georgia, Blake Masters in Arizona, Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania, Don Bolduc in New Hampshire – lost amid amid questions about candidate quality.
In contrast, DeSantis romped to a double-digit victory in Florida as he secured a second term.
The result has been major donors and high-profile party figures lining up behind DeSantis.
The shift is reflected in polling numbers. Last week, a survey for the Wall Street Journal found that the Florida governor held a 14-point lead.
Trump allies have hit back saying it is always a mistake to write off the former president based on the views of the party establishment, and pointing to his hold on rank-and-file Republicans.
That is why doubts circling the convention center in Pheonix could be a problem for Trump.
‘I know what Tucker was getting at,’ said an attendee who asked that his name not be used to avoid burning bridges.
‘Trump was a great president. DeSantis is doing great things as governor.
‘There’s a hint there that Trump is yesterday’s man.’
The event is a multimedia extravaganza with videos and speakers heralded by fireworks and smoke. Saturday evening included a Country music concert
Donald Trump Jr. walked out to fireworks and a rapturous reception from the party faithful
Kirk, an ever-present Trump voice on rightwing media, said the former president had earned the right to run again, but said he was also close to DeSantis personally.
‘I think he’s America’s greatest governor,’ he told DailyMail.com in an interview ahead of the event.
‘And I think he can end up being one of the best presidents in American history but I know Trump was the greatest president in my lifetime. And I’m behind him.’
For many attendees that offers the best case scenario: Another four years of Trump in the White House before he hands on the baton to DeSantis.
At the same time, the worst case scenario was on many minds, as two heavyweights, occupying much of the same political territory, squared up with the potential to rip the party apart.
‘I don’t want to see that happen,’ said Kirk.
‘But I think Ron DeSantis has the potential eventually to be a once-in-a-generation type leader in a very transformational way.’
Charlie Kirk, executive director of Turning Point USA, said he was 100 percent behind Trump, but that DeSantis could be a ‘transformational’ president one day
Fox News host Laura Ingraham spoke to audience on the first day of the gathering
The result, at least according to Carlson, is an unpredictable outcome.
‘I’ve never lived in a state where people just like unbidden at dinner [say], I’m really glad we have our governor,’ he said. ‘Really, was he here? No, I just love him.’
On the other hand: ‘I’m so grateful that Donald Trump ran in 2016. Donald Trump completely changed my view of everything.’
DeSantis is not even running yet. His people say any decision is unlikely until the Florida legislative session ends in May.
Trump was still the name most frequently checked in speeches at America Fest, and no one is saying yet that the base has abandoned the former president.
Yet the enthusiasm for DeSantis it is a sign that Trump will not have it all his own way in running for the Republican nomination.
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