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September 28, 2023 08:47 AM MDT

Even More GOP Election Denial: It's What's For Dinner

  • by: Colorado Pols
Arizona serial election denialist Kari Lake (right).

As Ernest Luning of the Colorado Springs Gazette’s political blog reports, the Colorado Republican Party under the control of far-right former state Rep. Dave “Let’s Go Brandon” Williams has landed a keynote speaker for the state party’s annual fundraising dinner that once again promises to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle: Kari Lake, the Phoenix newscaster who morphed into a devoted supporter of Donald Trump and tireless pusher of baseless election fraud claims in both Trump’s 2020 loss and her own defeat two years later in Arizona’s gubernatorial race:

A former TV news anchor and steadfast supporter of former President Donald Trump, Lake is expected to announce her candidacy for the Arizona Senate seat held by Kyrsten Sinema, an independent and former Democrat, as early as next month, Politico reported last week.

Although she lost the state’s gubernatorial election last fall to Democrat Katie Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes, Lake has maintained without credible evidence that she won and continues to wage legal battles seeking to challenge the results.

Pundits have put Lake high on the list of potential Trump vice presidential running mates…

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More than any contemporary American politician short of Trump himself, Kari Lake’s shameless campaign to undermine confidence in Arizona’s election system for her own benefit has done tremendous damage well beyond the borders of Arizona. Their refusal to accept election results when they don’t win has resulted in millions of Americans and a majority of Republicans who simply no longer consider democratic elections to be trustworthy unless the outcome is to their liking. Arizona’s election system has withstood more crackpot scrutiny of its election system than any other state since 2020, and if you don’t accept that at this point it’s because you simply don’t want to do democracy anymore.

In the 2022 Republican primary elections in Colorado, election denialist candidates like Ron Hanks and Tina Peters lost their primaries after winning the party faithful at the GOP state assembly, which is a major driver this year of the GOP’s attempt to shut unaffiliated voters out and otherwise meddle in their own primaries. In the alternate reality inhabited by these candidates and GOP party chairman Dave Williams, election deniers would have fared better than the winners of the primary in the general election–or would at least have fought on like Kari Lake after the election to prove they “should” have won. Anyone outside the bubble of the “Big Lie” knows that Hanks and Peters would have been destroyed in the general election as much or even more than the nominees, but that’s not who is in charge of the Colorado Republican Party today.

It’s no less delusional to imagine that Lake will help Colorado Republicans win over Colorado voters, but again–when winning no longer matters as much as pretending to win, the tactics of people like Kari Lake begin to make a kind of sense.

In the end, the only defense against the Trump era’s threat to American democracy is to make sure they never come close to winning. Fortunately, that has proven easier in Colorado in recent years than Arizona.


One thought on “Even More GOP Election Denial: It’s What’s For Dinner

  1. Kari Lake announces that she will announce her run for the Senate on October 10. 

    If, as expected, Donald Trump is the nominee from the primaries and caucuses, and he is looking for a Veep, Kari Lake apparently could be caught in an interesting sequence of events … "The 2024 Republican National Convention will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 15-18, 2024"

    "Voters in Arizona will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the general election on November 5, 2024. The primary is August 6, 2024."


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