It was billed as an expose, a reveal about Katie Hobbs that was said to be so appalling that Kari Lake said she would wait a day to announce it.
“I just received some really painful and hurtful news about @Katie Hobbs,” a clearly elated Lake tweeted on Monday. “My team confirms three times that it’s true. Tomorrow I will go out. Bad things!”
On Tuesday, Lake dropped his bombshell, announcing that his opponent, Hobbs, had fought to keep the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution out of Arizona classrooms.
Well, my God.
It would be awful. If that was true, that’s it.
However, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Let Lake strut, in her three minutes video titled “Katie Hobbs Exposed: Anti-American and Un-Arizonan”.
“The Pledge of Allegiance, our National Anthem, our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence,” she says solemnly, as music plays softly in the background and images of a waving American flag and the Founding Fathers scroll by. on the screen. “I was shocked to learn that my opponent, Katie Hobbs, fought to keep these American cornerstones out of the classroom.”
“Growing up in America, it was a no-brainer for you and me to learn these things in school,” she continued. “Hobbs doesn’t want the same education for our children. Katie Hobbs fought to keep these pillars of our great nation out of the classroom.
“You heard that right. As a lawmaker, Hobbs actually voted to prevent the Pledge of Allegiance, our National Anthem, our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and even the Mayflower Compact from being taught to the next generation of people. ‘Americans here in Arizona.”
Lake, in his video, even showed a document proving that Hobbs…did no such thing.
The only thing this video proves is that Kari Lake can’t read a bill.
In 2018, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill addressing various American history materials that could be read or displayed in Arizona classrooms. State law already permitted the reading or display of the Pledge, Anthem, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and even the Mayflower Compact, along with various other foundational documents.
Senate Bill 1289 simply added the state motto (“Ditat Deus”, or God Enriches) to this list and clarified the wording of the already approved national motto (“In God We Trust”).
So-Sen. Hobbs voted against the bill, like all other Democrats. We don’t yet know why.
What’s clear is that Lake isn’t shy about jumping to the wrong conclusions and doesn’t even know the basics of the law. Proposed changes to state law are written in ALL CAPS (often in blue) while existing portions of the law are in normal type.
All that “painful and hurtful” news about Hobbs fighting to keep our kids from repeating the pledge or learning that “All men are created equal” or that even politicians have the First Amendment right to display their ignorance absolute?
It’s a figment of Lake’s fevered imagination.
Hobbs spokesman Joe Wolf could not immediately explain why Hobbs voted against the bill allowing the state motto to be displayed. But he, like everyone I spoke to, was taken aback by Lake’s “revelation.”
“It shows how unserious a candidate Kari Lake is,” Wolf said. “She can’t read the bill. She can’t read the bill. If you’re a governor, you’ll probably end up reading some of the bills you sign.
Count longtime Republican strategist Chuck Coughlin among those stunned by Lake’s ignorance of the basic workings of state government.
“It’s disappointing that someone running for governor can’t read state law, especially for someone who claims to have triple checked their facts,” he said.
Disappointing, but apparently not disqualifying.
Lake’s red-white-and-blue – but not quite true – video, which she asked people to post, was retweeted thousands of times within hours, as her followers expressed admiration for her insight and her patriotism and even urged her to run for president.
“We are blessed to live in the greatest country in history,” Lake said, at the end of his video, “and as governor I will ensure that the next generation receives a good education.”
Or at least take a crash course in basic civics.
Contact Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurieRoberts.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Kari Lake drops an embarrassing bombshell that explodes in her face