During an interview that took place on Sunday, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake of Arizona engaged in a heated debate with Dana Bash of CNN over claims of widespread vote rigging in 2020.
Bash questioned Lake on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she termed the 2020 election “incorrect,” “stolen,” “dirty,” and “rigged,” despite the fact there was no proof of any of that conveyed in a legal system.
Lake didn’t have a response to this question. She asked Bash why she continues to say that.
In response, Lake stated there is an abundance of proof. They were in possession of 740,000 ballots that lacked a chain of custody. Those votes shouldn’t have been included in the tally at all.
Bash replied that investigation after investigation into the presidential election in Arizona in 2020 came up empty. If substantial fraud had been discovered, it would have been enough to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state.
The interim report issued by the state attorney general indicated it was probable that between 100,000 to 200,000 ballots were moved without a legal chain of custody; nonetheless, the study did not establish that widespread fraud took place.
Lake continued by suggesting that the media was just covering “one side” of the issue, whilst Bash persistently challenged Lake’s assertions that there was electoral fraud.
"Why do you keep saying that?"@DanaBashCNN presses Republican gubernatorial candidate for Arizona Kari Lake about her claims on the campaign trail that there was election fraud in the 2020 election. @CNNSotu #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/dDuZDrQ7ns
— CNN (@CNN) October 16, 2022
Bash questioned whether or not Lake was hurting faith in democracy by suggesting the election in 2020 was rigged, despite the fact there is no proof to back such a claim.
According to Lake, Stacey Abrams did not make any concessions in 2018. She has not done so as of yet. Lake also stated CNN does not consider her to be an election denier.
Lake proceeded by saying they have the right to question the state and elections and this freedom is protected by the First Amendment.
Lake went on to say the First Amendment is still in effect and when you see the media canceling people for criticizing their government, that is when you will know there is a problem.
After that, Bash asked Lake why she doesn’t believe them while playing clips of erstwhile Attorney General William Barr and erstwhile acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue giving testimony before a House committee.
This was on January 6 when they said ex-President Trump’s assertions of election fraud in 2020 had been false.
Here is my FULL interview with @DanaBashCNN on @CNNSotu this morning.
For some reason @CNN turned-down my audio on several occasions as I was speaking.
Thankfully, I was recording the audio separately. 😎
This version allows you to fully hear my answers. https://t.co/UTianDklqn
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 16, 2022
“Dana, you wish to have me here to talk about the 2020 election, and you’re…” Lake stated.
Bash’s response was, “I would never discuss this ever if you hadn’t been bringing this up repeatedly on the campaign trail.”
Katie Hobbs, Lake’s opponent in the next election in Arizona, participated in an interview on “State of the Union” and criticized Lake’s views during the discussion.
Hobbs stated this was grounds for disqualification. “This is one of the fundamental pillars upon which our democracy is built and she doesn’t have anything else to run on.”
This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.