‘This mama bear has a whole lot of fight in her’: Kari Lake enters Arizona’s Senate race

Kari Lake officially announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. She promised to seal the border between the United States and Mexico, to rein in the abuse of fentanyl, and to pursue a pro-America agenda similar to that of former President Donald Trump.

At Jetset Magazine in Scottsdale, Lake, the Republican candidate, launched her long-anticipated bid to take over the seat held by Kyrsten S. Sinema (I-Ariz.).

Lake began her remarks by reiterating her grievance-driven rhetoric. She accused President Joe Biden, D-Ariz. of endangering America, and insulted Rep. Ruben Galego, D, Arizona, and Sinema who hasn’t officially announced whether she plans to run for another six-year-term.

Lake did not mention Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb who is also running for the GOP nomination. Her remarks were full of dark, vaguely violent images of a country on the verge of collapse.

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Lake, to loud cheers, said: “Let’s tell you that this mama bear is a fighter.” “I am so tired of our politicians retreating from every important battle. “They have given up far too many hills.” “We are at the top of the last hill, and I will not give up this hill.

Lake’s announcement formalized the move she announced months ago. It also begins a new test of political maturity for a candidate who has polarized opinion. Some conservatives see her as a rising star, while others view her as an election denier lacking in seriousness.

Trump, the Republican frontrunner for 2024 president, made an appearance at Lake’s event. He sent a videotaped statement in which he gave “my full and total support” to Lake’s campaign, on its first official day.

Trump stated that he needed fighters as strong as Kari.

Lake’s 45-minute speech was an impressive opening. She mentioned Sinema, Gallego, and Biden repeatedly, but never Lamb.

She said, “These guys are dead weight.” Lake referred to Biden’s visit to Tempe in which he “stumbled off the airplane,” labelled them a danger to democracy, and never spoke about the border.

She said, “You are a danger to America, Joe.”

In his Tempe remarks Biden warned about the danger posed by “MAGA extremeists.”

Lake also criticized Sinema, Gallego and others as Biden’s pawns and enablers for a “globalist agenda”.

Lake asked, “You know their constituents right?” “Military Industrial Complex, giant corporations and banks, Big Pharma… globalist organisations.” They’re all for them.”

“Arizona you deserve better than these two,” Lake said.

Lake cited his concerns that an attack similar to the one that occurred in Israel, could occur on American soil because of the unprotected border and that inflation was a major problem.

She enters a race which could turn into a rare tri-cornered contest, and Republicans in Washington are wary of her chances following the narrow loss she suffered during the governor’s election for 2022. She lost the race partly because she dissuaded Republicans who still supported the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was elected six times to the Senate in Arizona.

In a viral video, Lake demonstrated her combative style of campaigning in her confrontation with Gallego last week at Phoenix International Sky Harbor Airport. She launched broadsides over fentanyl and the border at Gallego, while accusing him of enabling Biden’s agenda.

Lake pledged unwavering support to Israel on Tuesday after the weekend murders committed by the islamist group Hamas.

Lake said that she opposed abortion rights but did not specify any legislative limits on Tuesday.

Lake called Arizona’s territorial law, which bans nearly all abortions, “a great law in the books today.” She also called on Texas to pass a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, when a heartbeat can be detected.

Lake pledged to protect Social Security and bring water to the West as a top priority.

Lake, who entered politics in 2021 as a local TV reporter, has risen to prominence in the conservative media.

Trump was immediately impressed by her unflinching conservatism, delivered with the polish and professionalism of a television professional. He endorsed her early in the GOP primaries.

Her penchant for reiterating conspiracy theories, her inexperience with policy and her needlessly divisive language that alienated Republican moderates all contributed to her losing her gubernatorial bid.

Her confrontations with journalists delighted her supporters but gave her politics a tone of anger that was unimpressive to others.

Lake, who lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by a mere few votes, launched a baseless public relations and legal campaign against Maricopa County’s election administration. Lake’s lawsuit to reverse the governor’s election in 2022 remained unresolved, even after she switched to running for Senate.

Lake re-invented some of her scorched-earth campaign style from 2022, attacking the media and Democrats, and positioning herself again as someone who fights for election integrity.

Lamb, Gallego, and Sinema all had a variety of reactions, from alarms to silence, to Lake’s entrance.

Lamb’s campaign made a reference to reports that Lake lived practically at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort. He wrote a statement in which he said he “welcomed Kari Lake back home to Arizona.” This was a dig at Lake’s defeat last year.

Lamb stated that there is only one conservative candidate who has won in the past. That is me. “I’m a conservative who has dedicated his life to protecting Arizonans, and keeping them safe in a time when Democrat policies have made that task almost impossible. I have fought in Arizona for the people who call this state home. I am not a talker. I am a doer and I win elections. “That is what sets me apart from my competitors.”

Gallego had earlier that day spoken by phone with Michael Herzog, Israel’s ambassador to the United States about the Hamas attacks against Israel. Gallego responded to Lake’s Senate statement with a written response issued while Lake was still speaking.

Gallego stated that Arizonans “know exactly who Kari is” and this was why they had rejected her in the past. “While she continues to use the same tired, old playbook that undermines our democracy and pushes for abortion bans, I am focused on addressing very real issues that affect Arizona families like creating good-paying job, ensuring our water future and taking care our veterans.”

Gallego’s Campaign called Lake the “MAGA queen” in a text message sent hours before Lake made her announcement.

Gallego’s pitch for fundraising said that Lake was “someone who doesn’t mind lying or spreading misinformation, and even calls on her supporters to do violence in support of Donald Trump.”

Sinema, on the other hand, kept a low-profile, making no public statements about the race. Her office instead jointly announced