Kari Lake, the Arizona Republican running for governor on an all-out “Big Lie” election denial and ultra-MAGA platform, got a warning from an NBC News reporter after she spent the past day spreading election disinformation and fear.
“To be clear, the lines are not acceptable,” NBC News’ Vaughn Hilliard told Lake on Election Day as she was speaking to reporters. “At the same time, there is no evidence to suggest this is not going to be an accurate election.”
Lake, a former reporter, was quick to lash out.
“I haven’t suggested that. We’re going to see what happens,” she said.
But she has suggested the election might not be accurate. She’s also said, “I’m going to win the election and I’ll accept that result.”
Minutes earlier she promised a “come to Jesus” reckoning, after saying, “I woke up this morning and within minutes of the polls opening up I started getting people calling. Voters in tears, calling my personal numbers, saying ‘What’s going on? The tabulators aren’t working. They told me to put my ballot in a box and they would drive it downtown to county,’” Lake said, according to the right wing National Review.
Lake “implied there could be partisan interference behind the issues,” National Review added. “‘Do you think this is normal guys? My question is, do you think what’s happening here in Maricopa County is normal? We have had problems after problems.'”
“This is not normal stuff, ” she said, stoking and building on her months-long message of election theft.
“I hope it’s not malice. But we’re gonna win. And when we win, there’s gonna be a come to Jesus for elections in Arizona,” she said.
Arizona gov. candidate Kari Lake (R) sows doubt about the integrity of the election results before polls have even closed:
“Voters in tears … saying, ‘What’s going on? The tabulators aren’t working’ … When we win, there’s gonna be come to Jesus for elections in Arizona.” pic.twitter.com/KDRYhsmQCd
— The Recount (@therecount) November 8, 2022
It is, in fact, “normal stuff,” however, when machines are not working properly, according to election officials who had a back up plan when some of the tabulators were not properly working in Maricopa County.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, both Republicans, quickly put out a video explaining what the issue was and how they were resolving it.
This is what Lake said “is not normal stuff,” but as you can seem, in this video they say, “this is actually what the majority of counties do on Election Day,” which Lake disputed.
— Maricopa County Elections Department (@MaricopaVote) November 8, 2022
Gates’ biography says “Bill has been a lifelong Republican,” as far back as high school.
In response to the machines not functioning properly an RNC spokesperson blamed not the two Republicans who took responsibility and explained what was going on and what the backup plan was, he blamed Kari Lake’s Democratic opponent in a tweet, which Lake’s official campaign “war room” account retweeted.
A reporter for VoteBeat US says Lake is spreading misinformation.
THIS IS FALSE.
If you already checked in at a site having issues, go to a poll worker and have them check you out before you leave. If you do this, you can still vote normally at any other location in the county.
Please everyone stop spreading misinformation. https://t.co/8i60B2QAKx
— Jen Fifield (@JenAFifield) November 8, 2022
Popular Information’s Judd Legum notes that one tweet has over 10,000 retweets.
.@KariLake, the election conspiracy theorist running for Governor of Arizona, is spreading misinformation about voting in Maricopa County
One false tweet, post a few hours ago, already has over 10K retweets pic.twitter.com/FA6z6RYgWv
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 8, 2022
Lake on Tuesday also told a reporter that she’s “not confident in the people who we’ve elected to run these elections.”
“They’re a bunch of bureaucrats who don’t know what the hell they’re doing,” she said.
ABC News’ @libbycathey: “If you do win tonight, how are you going to be confident in your win if you don’t have confidence in this election?”
Kari Lake: “I’m just not confident in the people who we’ve elected to run these elections.” pic.twitter.com/skcZyHbGVG
— The Recount (@therecount) November 8, 2022
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Lake’s stated refusal to accept the election results if she loses is “what fascism looks like.”
Rep. @AOC (D-NY) calls out Arizona gov. nominee Kari Lake (R) for not saying if she’d accept the election result if she loses:
“That’s what fascism looks like … She is priming people to have little — God forbid — mini-January 6ths at state capitols across this country.” pic.twitter.com/wPt3eQ4H6Y
— The Recount (@therecount) November 8, 2022
Watch video of Kari Lake via Fox News below or at this link.
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Right Wing Social Media Platform Parler Announces Kanye West Will No Longer Buy It in ‘Interest of Both Parties’
After Kanye West‘s antisemitic and racist remarks last month, which led to him being deplatformed by Twitter and Instagram, the extremist artist and rapper announced he was purchasing the right wing “free speech” social media platform Parler, which performs little content moderation.
On Thursday, hours after West went on far right extremist and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ show and praised Adolf Hitler, Parler issued a statement saying by mutual agreement West would not be purchasing the platform.
But the Parler statement, which came from its parent company, also claimed the decision had been made weeks ago.
“In response to numerous media inquiries, Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler,” Parler said on Twitter. “This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.”
On Thursday, stunning many, West told Alex Jones, “I see good things about Hitler,” as Consequence reported. “Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
When West had agreed to purchase Parler, he stated, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”
CNBC reported last month that “Parler, which initially launched in 2018, was swept up in controversy last year over the role it played in the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol building. That led a slew of tech companies, including Google and Amazon, to blacklist the service, rendering its app and website inaccessible.”
Owens, promoting nationalism, told young supporters in London, “Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler.”
“But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalise. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism.”
Hitler was responsible for the slaughter of up to 17 million people.
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‘I Thought He Was Going to Beat Me’: Yet Another Herschel Walker Accuser Steps Forward
Yet another woman has come forward to detail disturbing allegations of abuse at the hands of Trump-backed Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, longtime Walker girlfriend Cheryl Parsa detailed an incident in which Walker grew violent after she caught him with another woman back in 2005.
According to Parsa, Walker became enraged after she walked in on him with another woman and began swinging his fist at her.
“I thought he was going to beat me,” said Parsa, who says she subsequently fled the room in fear before Walker could get the chance.
In addition to that violent incident, Parsa also claims that Walker would use his diagnosed mental illness as a justification for his poor behavior.
“He’s a pathological liar. Absolutely. But it’s more than that,” she told the publication. “He knows how to manipulate his disease, in order to manipulate people, while at times being simultaneously completely out of control.”
Walker has faced allegations of abuse from multiple woman and family members, although during his Senate campaign he has deflected from them by acknowledging his past mental illness and claiming that he has received treatment for it so that it is no longer an issue.
Parsa told The Daily Beast that she’s come forward because she thinks it would be dangerous to give someone like Walker the power of being a United States Senator.
“He is not well,” she said. “And I say that as someone who knows exactly what this looks like, because I have lived through it and seen what it does to him and to other people. He cannot be a senator. He cannot have control over a state when he has little to no control of his mind.”
In Angry Letter McCarthy Warns Thompson J6 Docs ‘Do Not Belong to You’ – After Defending Trump Taking Classified Info
House Minority Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in an angry letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) warned the Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack that his role will end on January 3 and it is “imperative that all information collected be preserved.” The California Republican congressman had a dramatically different position on Donald Trump‘s unlawful retention of well over ten thousand items from the White House, including at least 300 documents with classified markings, including some classified at the highest levels.
McCarthy, who is running to be Speaker of the House but is facing strong opposition from some of the GOP caucus, nevertheless is acting as if he will wield the gavel.
His letter, angry and accusatory in tone, also strongly suggests Republicans will hold their own hearings on the January 6 attack on the Capitol and on democracy, but with a vastly different focus.
“The American people chose Republicans to lead the 118th Congress,” McCarthy’s letter begins. “On January 3, 2023, your work as Chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol will come to an end,” McCarthy told Thompson in his letter, which was reported on by CBS News.
“For those reasons, I remind you and your staff on the Committee to preserve all records collected and transcripts of testimony taken during your investigation in accordance with House Rule VII. As the Chairman, regardless of who may be directing the work of the Committee, you are responsible for the work done by its members and staff.”
Some have suggested that Thompson could transfer some or all of the Committee’s work product – all transcripts and other evidence – to the Senate.
McCarthy continued with his angry attack.
“It is clear based on recent news reports that even your own members and staff of the Committee have no visibility into the totality of the investigation. Some reports suggest that entire swaths of findings will be left out of the Committee’s final report. You have spent a year and a half and millions of taxpayers’ dollars conducting this investigation.”
House Republicans, including McCarthy, spent millions of dollars on six Benghazi investigations, the last one of which McCarthy admitted was designed to harm former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping,” McCarthy bragged in 2015.
Unlike his defense of ex-president Donald Trump unlawfully removing and retaining at Mar-a-Lago approximately 13,000 items belonging to the National Archives from the White House, McCarthy warned Thompson the Committee’s work does not belong to the Chairman.
“It is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people,” McCarthy wrote. “The official Congressional Records do not belong to you or any member, but to the American people, and they are owed all of the information you gathered – not merely the information that comports with your political agenda.”
That’s actually false.
The Committee has undoubtedly uncovered government secrets, including national security information, classified information, and information, for example, the Secret Service needs to keep secret to allow it to continue to secure its protectees. It also has entered into agreements with witnesses that prevent it from releasing those documents, transcripts, and other evidence to the public.
Politico’s senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney says, “Kevin McCarthy’s letter demanding that the Jan. 6 committee preserve its records is mostly nonsense because the committee is planning to release all but a few of its transcripts.”
McCarthy continued, warning: “Although your Committee’s public hearings did not focus on why the Capitol complex was not secure on January 6, 2021, the Republican majority in the 118th Congress will hold hearings that do so.”
He then served up what some might say is a threat.
“The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts and to be able to view the transcripts with an eye toward encouraged enforcement of 18 USC 1001.”
18 U.S. Code § 1001 is the federal statute that makes it a crime to knowingly make false statements.
McCarthy had a very different take when the U.S. Dept. of Justice executed a legal search warrant of Donald Trump’s Florida residence and resort, Mar-a-Lago, to retrieve government-owned materials, including classified documents.
“Joe Biden and the politicized Dept. of Justice launched a raid on the home of his top political rival, Donald Trump,” McCarthy said on Sept. 1. “That is an assault on democracy.”
“Joe Biden and the politicized Department of Justice launched a raid on the home of his top political rival, Donald Trump. That is an assault on democracy.”
— House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, before Biden gives remarks in Philadelphia, attacks the lawful Mar-a-Lago search pic.twitter.com/qDwPSzrYs8
— The Recount (@therecount) September 1, 2022
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