Trump-backed candidate Kari Lake is “appalled” after Fox News anchor Bret Baier mentions the drag queen’s story

Kari Lake, the Trump-backed nominee for Arizona governor, was less than happy Monday when asked by Fox News host Bret Baier about a report linking her to drag queens.

The interview, which was fairly tame for Baier, began with Lake falsely claiming the 2020 election was “fraudulent” and that President Joe Biden was “illegitimate.” Baier responded by playing a tape showing Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying before the Jan. 6 House Committee last week that the election was not “rigged” as she believed.

“He’s a Republican,” Baier said. “He’s a Trump supporter. And that’s what he said.”

“He’s a RINO,” Lake replied. “And hopefully he will be defeated. He is an absolute RINO.”

“I see what you’re saying,” Baier later said. “But as you know, there have been more than 70 trials where there has been no evidence and no legislator or state governor who has failed to confirm an election, including your own Republican, Doug Ducey.”

After Lake insisted that “we now have evidence” that the election was somehow rigged, Baier moved on to a story from last week in which Phoenix-based drag queen Rick Stevens claimed that Lake often went to a club, in which he appeared. Lake, he also claimed, hired him to perform at her house on her birthday.

“She’s friends with drag queens,” wrote Stevens, who provided photos for her Arizona Headquarters as proof. “She had her child in front of a drag queen. I dragged her home for her friends and family. They don’t threaten her. She would come to shows all the time. Making me a bogeyman for political gain was just too much.”

Baier asked if Lake would like to respond to the story.

“I really want to address that,” Lake said. “But I’m really shocked. I am genuinely appalled that Fox News is including such a slanderous story – and we are pursuing legal action against this drag queen – appalled that you are bringing this up when you haven’t talked about our stolen election.”

“We just spent three questions talking about it,” Baier shot back.

“I’m really disappointed in Fox,” Lake later said. “I thought you were a little better than CNN.”

Referring to Baier’s questions about the drag queen story, Lake added, “I think you want to ask her, but you don’t want to ask her 2,000 mules.” (2,000 mules is the title of a film by far-right conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza, who claims the election was marred by widespread fraud.)

Before Baier wrapped up the interview, Lake had one more complaint: When the Fox host spoke to her main opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson, last week, he “didn’t ask her any difficult questions.” (Baier denied this.) In that interview, Robson also falsely claimed that the 2020 election wasn’t “fair at all.” Trump-backed candidate Kari Lake is “appalled” after Fox News anchor Bret Baier mentions the drag queen’s story


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