Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Sunday blasted statements made by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who vowed to “do everything” possible to “make sure Kari Lake is not elected,” including campaigning for Democrats.
Appearing on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump-endorsed Lake her reaction to Cheney’s promise.
“That might be the biggest, best gift I’ve ever received,” Lake quipped. “I mean, the people of Wyoming can’t stand her, I’m pretty much sure that the people of Arizona don’t like Liz Cheney,” she continued.
Cheney, who was defeated in her primary election by Trump-backed Harriet Hageman last month, made the comments at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday.
“In this election, you have to vote for the person who actually believes in democracy,” Cheney said, referring to Lake as an “election denier” and “dangerous,” and claiming that electing her would be “putting the Republic at risk.”
“Here’s the deal, Maria. The Republican party, the new Republican party is the party of ‘We The People,’ it is no longer the party of warmongers,” Lake told Bartiromo. “And so, Liz Cheney should probably change her voter registration. Turns out she really is a Democrat after all.”
Cheney, who made the remarks when she was asked whether or not she would campaign for Lake’s opponent, Arizona Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, was one of ten Republicans in the House to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. At the same event in Texas, Cheney said she would not be voting for her former GOP rival, Harriet Hageman.
“It’s a tough question,” Cheney replied when asked whether she would prefer if the Democrats held a majority in the House after the midterms.
Lake responded on Twitter to Cheney’s remarks, saying, “She’s putting more energy into electing Democrats than she did into winning her own primary lol.”
She’s putting more energy into electing Democrats than she did into winning her own primary lol
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) September 25, 2022
The comments come weeks after Hobbs announced she would not debate Lake before the election. The Daily Wire previously reported that Hobbs also skipped a debate during the Democratic primary. Lake responded to the announcement by saying, “Hobbs’ strategy is to hide from Me, the Press, and the Voters throughout the entirety of the campaign and run out the clock on the people of Arizona.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) replied to a video clip of Cheney vowing to campaign against Lake, writing, “In 2020, when Liz Cheney was the GOP House conference chair, she backed my primary opponent. I won that race 81% to 19%.”
In 2020, when Liz Cheney was the GOP House conference chair, she backed my primary opponent. I won that race 81% to 19%. https://t.co/f1FaORMrNA
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 25, 2022
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) also replied to the clip, tweeting, “Liz Cheney gets crushed in her ‘home’ Wyoming by 40+ points… But now we are supposed to believe she has the juice to take on [Kari Lake]?”
According to a recent poll by The Trafalgar Group, Lake is leading Hobbs 50% to 45.6% with 4.4% undecided. Cheney lost her primary to Hageman 66.3% to 28.9%.