Like her high-profile endorser, Kari Lake isn’t afraid of a public fight or ashamed of her past.
The Donald Trump-backed Arizona gubernatorial candidate sparred with Fox News host Bret Baier on Monday over a Washington Post story that chastised Lake for hypocrisy on drag queens and schoolchildren. The Post published pictures of Lake and her husband socializing with a prominent Arizona drag performer who is upset by Lake’s criticism of schools and libraries embracing drag queen story hours.
On Tuesday, Lake joined BlazeTV’s “Fearless with Jason Whitlock” to clarify her stance and explain her connection to Richard Stevens, the performer who attacked Lake in the Post.
“I’ll let you in on a little secret, Jason,” Lake told Whitlock. “Those pictures. I’m not ashamed of them at all. I have zero shame for those pictures. Those pictures, by the way, were taken off of my Instagram and Facebook. I’m so not ashamed of who I am and where I came from that I never take anything down.
“When I got into politics, most people would sanitize their life … I knew that was there. I am who I am. And the people will either vote for me because they like our policies and they know that I love this state. I have a relationship with the people, but I don’t run away from anything.”
Two weeks ago, Lake complained over Twitter: “They took God out of schools and welcomed the Drag Queens. They took down our flag and replaced it with a rainbow. They seek to disarm Americans and militarize our Enemies. Let’s bring back the basics: God, Guns, and Glory.”
The tweet infuriated Stevens. Lake told Whitlock a gay staffer actually wrote the tweet.
“One of my staffers wrote that, and he happens to be a gay conservative,” Lake said. “And that’s what triggered the female impersonator, the drag queen. I’m telling you that hardworking, commonsense gay men and women are even appalled by drag queens in schools. The issue is we don’t want to put drag queens in schools, and it’s happening. It’s happening in our libraries, and taxpayer money is going to fund some of these. That’s what the tweet was about.
“It triggered a man that I covered for 20 years, and he was a talented guy, funny guy, a former friend. But he has since become radicalized. And he’s actually working for my opponent. So to take his story – which, there were many defamatory statements in his story. He’s never been to my home. I never had him over to my home. That’s defamatory. He even told the Washington Post … that he put this story out to injure our campaign.”