Kari Lake slams ‘desperate bid’ to ‘derail’ Trump’s 2024 campaign

Former Arizona GOP Governor Kari Lake has denounced claims that Donald Trump should be arrested over silent payments, describing them as a “ridiculous” effort to jail the former president and “derail” his 2024 campaign.

Lake, a staunch Trump supporter, was reacting to the former president suggesting he would be arrested on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the $130,000 his attorney Michael Cohen paid adult film star Stormy Daniels for that she is having an alleged affair with Trump. a secret before the 2016 elections.

Trump endorsed Lake in his gubernatorial election, which the Republican lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs in November by more than 17,000 votes. Since then, Lake has remained loyal to the former president and embarked on a Trump-style campaign to claim voting irregularities cost him the midterm election, including filing a series of lawsuits to try to cancel the results.

In a lengthy statement, Lake suggested that the investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is politically motivated and that prosecuting your political opponents is “something you expect to see in Third World banana republics.”

Former President Donald Trump (L) embraces Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake during a ‘Save America’ rally in support of Arizona’s GOP candidates July 22, 2022 in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
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“But it’s coming to America, and that should scare us. For nearly a decade, the radical left and its willing sycophants in the media have been giving President Donald Trump absolute hell,” Lake said.

“Charge after charge. Investigation after investigation. And they got nothing. Now, in their desperation to derail his re-election, we see this ridiculous effort to jail him for the most flimsy campaign finance violations they can find.”

Lake also backed Trump’s calls for his supporters to protest if he was arrested on Tuesday, fearing the former president’s base would resort to violence to oppose his detention.

“We cannot allow this political persecution to exist in our country. The President has called for peaceful protests. And I remind his critics that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution grants us the right to assemble peacefully,” Lake said.

“We cannot afford to live in such fear of infiltration from the left that we give up our God-given rights without them even asking.

“Now is the time to speak. This is the time for the silent majority to roar. You have a voice. USE IT. And make it very clear that we stand with President Donald Trump and all Americans who are attacked by the corrupt political machine”.

In a separate tweet, Lake said she spoke to Trump on the phone and he sounded “amazing, despite the endless political persecution.”

“His determination to fight for us has never been stronger. We must all stand with him and be strong in our support for him. Now, more than ever, we need this man back in power,” Lake added.

Trump’s spokesperson has confirmed that aside from the former president’s social media posts, there is no official indication that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “will take his witch hunt to the next level. and arrest Trump on Tuesday.

“President Trump rightly points out his innocence and the weaponization of our system of injustice,” the spokesperson said. Newsweek.

Newsweek contacted Donald Trump’s office for further comment via email.


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