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Holocaust denier Kari Lake says she would accept Arizona results if they were ‘fair, honest and transparent’


With just over two weeks to go until the 2022 midterm elections, a number of Republican candidates nationwide continue to deny the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake falls into this category as one of Donald Trump’s most vocal loyalists. She spoke to ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl on Thursday and in an excerpt on “GMA 3” on Friday — before the continuation of the interview that aired on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday — Karl asks him about his border policy proposals. and the centerpiece of his campaign: the widely debunked conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen from the former president and future election reviews.

Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is featured during an interview with GMA3 and “This Week.”

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Lake didn’t back down from her false allegations of a stolen election during the interview, though she wasn’t as keen on discussing the topic as she once was.

“It’s funny”, Lake told an audience this summer“I’m talking to President Trump. He’s like, ‘I love it. No matter what I ask you, you always bring it back to the election. I can ask you what the weather is like in Arizona, and you’ll say, ‘Well, that’s good, but how can I enjoy it when our elections are stolen and we don’t have a country?

JON KARL: You presented a very aggressive plan at the border, and – and one of the things you talked about is – is finishing the wall. The parts of the wall that were not completed under President Trump. How – how does that work given that a lot of this border area is either tribal land or federal land? What are you doing —

LAKE: Well, I hope you’ve read my policy and that we’ll – on day one, issue a declaration of invasion. And we’re going to take back control of our border from the federal government. They gave control to the worst people –

KARL: So what does that mean, then you’re literally going to say with Border Patrol. You’re just going to take over…

LAKE: No, we’ll bypass them. We will work around them. We’re going to place people in key areas of — of the border and we’re going to stop people from crossing. We will work with the legislature to redefine what constitutes abandoned federal property. Right now we have millions of dollars worth of materials to build a border wall sitting on the border, which is wasting away and we are not using it. We the taxpayers paid for it and so we’re going to take that back and we’re going to start building walls.

KARL: How much is this going to cost you? I know you have some of the material… But what was your estimate of how much —

LAC: It varies. It varies. It depends on how it (inaudible) varies, because it can range from $250 million to even more than that, but we’ll find a way to do it.

KARL: And — and you are —

LAC: It’s about 20 to 27 miles –

KARL: OKAY.

LAC: — to be completed. But we’re going to work on it and it’ll be really interesting —

KARL: (Inaudible) is not a wall. About 300 miles ago —

LAKE: My border plan calls for completing President Trump’s border wall project –

KARL: OKAY.

LAC: – which is about 27 more miles. There are already challenges and we have worked with the tribes. But we will not allow drugs to circulate anywhere.

PHOTO: Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is shown during an interview with Jon Karl for GMA3 and "This week."

Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is featured during an interview with Jon Karl for GMA3 and “This Week.”

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KARL: As governor, and I know you have to work with others on this, but as governor would you seek to change the election laws? And specifically, would you seek to limit early voting and mail-in voting in Arizona?

LAKE: I don’t know exactly how we’re going to do it, but we’re going to secure our elections, restore trust in our elections, make sure our elections are fair and transparent. And I will work tirelessly with the legislature to make sure that happens. I want every voter, whether Democrat, Independent, Green Party, Republican and —

KARL: I guess everyone wants that, but in particular early voting and mail-in voting, which you’ve been very critical of, President Trump has been much more critical. Would you seek to limit it?

LAC: I think…

LAKE: — when I started voting in the 80s, we had election day. Our Constitution says election day. It doesn’t say election season, election month and we’ve seen our election day turn into election week and election weeks and now election month. And the longer you drag this out, the more fraud with problems. We just saw problems in June with Kate Hobbs, my opponent who is incompetent and these are not just my words… The Supreme Court of Arizona called her incompetent as Secretary of State. She just issued 10,000 – 6,000 ballots that went – the wrong kind of ballots to the wrong people –

KARL: Right. There we had the feds, but it was her – she was the one who pointed this out and said she would fix it.

LAKE: Well, I don’t care if she pointed it out —

KARL: But they fix it.

KARL: But just to be clear, the Republicans on the Oversight Board, the Republican Governor, now the Republican Senate nominee running with you by the Republican Attorney General under Donald Trump Bill Barr, all said there was no — you know the election was — wasn’t stolen.

LAC: Okay. Are we going to sue —

KARL: No, I’m just — I’m just wondering why would they all be lying?

LAKE: But you’re (inaudible) a lot of corruption in the system and they don’t want — I think a lot of people who were responsible for this election know that there were rules broken and laws broken. And they don’t want to admit their fault. And I certainly hope we’re going to talk more about the elections today because I say here today to talk about my policies.

KARL: Well we talked [about] a whole bunch of other things besides the elections. But since you mentioned —

LAKE: But I find it funny.

KARL: Since you mentioned — I didn’t ask about 2020, I just asked —

LAKE: I find it funny that the media thinks I’m — I’m just talking about elections. I talk about a lot of things.

KARL: But — but let’s be absolutely clear. You actually talked about it, not me, I asked you about the rules and early voting and if you wanted to change the rule.

LAC: Yes.

KARL: I didn’t ask you about 2020, you mentioned it.

LAKE: And I want to explain to you why mail-in ballots can be riddled with errors

KARL: But let me ask you why you didn’t say — or maybe you will now, you didn’t say that you won’t accept the certified results of this election even if you lose this election ?

LAKE: I – I will accept the results of this election if we have a fair, honest and transparent election. Absolutely 100 percent.

KARL: So — so if — if — if you were to lose, and you were ahead, but if you were to lose and you went out and had your full call, they went through —

LAKE: As long as it’s fair, honest and transparent.

KARL: And certified…

LAKE: It looks like my opponent may have to figure that out.

KARL: Well, she’s the secretary —

LAKE: It’s an interest – it’s an interesting puzzle, isn’t it.

More of Jonathan Karl’s interview with GOP Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake can be seen Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”



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