Published July 7, 2022
Early voting for Arizona’s primary elections started on Tuesday. Republicans can do something good for their country and party by defeating Kari Lake.
Lake, once an anchor on a Fox-TV affiliate in Phoenix, is former president Donald Trump’s choice for governor. She has thundered to a lead in the polls by theatrically embracing ultra-MAGA conservatism.
You can see this for yourself: Her campaign launch video featured her hitting TVs with a sledgehammer and burning face masks. Her Fourth of July celebration rally was held at a gun range where attendees were offered a chance to fire a machine gun. On Monday she tweeted “F (& I cannot stress this enough) JB” in response to the news that the Justice Department is suing Arizona over its new election law. Lake’s outrageous showmanship apparently knows no bounds.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.