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Editorial Columnist Slams “Vile,” “Despicable” Kari Lake for Far-Right Antics, Calls Out RGA Chair Gov. Doug Ducey for Enabling Extremism

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In a new opinion article for the Arizona Republic, editorial columnist Elvia Díaz criticized Kari Lake’s far-right antics and hit Gov. Doug Ducey for enabling extremist Republicans like Lake.

Lake showed just how extreme the primary field is when she called a Ducey staffer “OUT OF TOUCH” for charitably sending support to Ukraine.

Lake is a “vile former TV news anchor who doesn’t miss a chance to spew her toxicity,” Díaz wrote. “But make no mistake. The governor will support whoever comes out victorious in the primary — even if that person is the far-right extremist, Make America Great and White Again Kari Lake.”

The Republican Governors Association, which Ducey chairs, has booked more than $10 million of airtime in Arizona this fall, confirming that they’ll get behind even the most unhinged, hateful views.

Ducey, Lake, and fellow far-right GOP primary candidate Karrin Taylor Robson have all expressed support for and, in Lake’s case, got the endorsement of anti-Semitic white nationalist and conspiracy theorist state Sen. Wendy Rogers.

Read key excerpts from the opinion column below.

Arizona Republic Opinion: Will Gov. Doug Ducey really support Kari Lake if she’s the GOP nominee?

Christina Corieri, a senior advisor to Gov. Doug Ducey, is among the charitable folks helping Ukraine by booking an Airbnb in Kyiv with no intentions of ever using it.

“Clearly I’m not going but this was an easy way to send support to someone under siege in the city,” she said on Twitter. “Send (sic) a message to him and already got a message back #StandWithUkraine️.”

Kari Lake, the far-right extremist seeking to replace Corieri’s boss, won’t have any of that righteous charity.

“Seriously??!” Lake snapped.

“While Arizonans are dealing with a wide-open border, CCP fentanyl pouring in, cartel motivated child trafficking, hyper-inflation making gas and groceries too expensive to afford–these Governor Office employees are OUT OF TOUCH!”

Corieri was seemingly shocked.

“I truly can’t believe I am being called ‘out of touch’ for being charitable,” Corieri snapped back on Twitter.

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That should be the whole story: A decent Ducey staffer doing commendable personal charity in the face of human devastation vs. the vile former TV news anchor who doesn’t miss a chance to spew her toxicity.

Unfortunately, this saga illustrates everything that’s wrong with Arizona politics.

Lake is leading the pack of Republicans competing for the party’s nomination to replace Gov. Ducey, who’s termed out.

Ducey, in turn, is pledging to spend millions to elect a Republican.

The Republican Governors Association, which Ducey chairs, just booked more than $10 million of airtime in Arizona this fall aimed at swaying voters ahead of the November election.

Ducey hasn’t said if he plans to endorse a candidate.

But make no mistake. The governor will support whoever comes out victorious in the primary — even if that person is the far-right extremist, Make America Great and White Again Kari Lake.

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Ducey hasn’t cringed one bit about supporting state Sen. Wendy Rogers, who was recently censured by the Senate after speaking at a white nationalist gathering where she called for public hangings and attacked Ukraine’s president on social media.

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What does that have to do with Lake’s tirade against Corieri’s good deed? That Ducey will support despicable people simply because they are Republicans.

How shameful is that?

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