Senator Kelly Responds To Kari Lake Statement

May 6, 2024

Recently, Kari Lake has come under criticism over her words during a crowd in Mohave County.

“We need to send people to Washington, D.C., that the swamp does not want there,” she said according to NBC News. “And I can think of a couple of people they don’t want there. First on that list is Donald J. Trump; second is Kari Lake. They can’t bribe me, they can’t blackmail me. That’s why they don’t want me in Washington, D.C. And that’s exactly why President Trump wants me there fighting with him.”

“He’s willing to sacrifice everything I am. That’s why they’re coming after us with lawfare, they’re going to come after us with everything. That’s why the next six months is going to be intense. And we need to strap on our — let’s see. What do we want to strap on?” Lake asked. “We’re going to strap on our, our seat belt. We’re going to put on our helmet or your Kari Lake ball cap. We are going to put on the armor of God. And maybe strap on a Glock on the side of us just in case.”

“We’re not going to be the victims of crime,” Lake continued. “We’re not going to have our Second Amendment taken away. We’re certainly not going to have our First Amendment taken away by these tyrants. The next six months are going to be difficult. If you are not ready for action, and I have a feeling with as many veterans and former law enforcement, active law enforcement” — Lake paused to ask for a show of hands — “… you guys are ready for it. It’s going to be a crazy run, the next six months. This is the moment we have to save our country.”

“It’s dangerous. What Kari Lake said could result in people getting hurt or killed. Same thing with the former [president],” Kelly said. “Words, especially when they come from somebody who is in a leadership position — and Kari Lake’s never been elected to anything. I don’t expect her ever to be elected to anything — but when you’re a candidate for the United States Senate, you need to be careful with your words. We’ve seen this throughout history,” he continued. “So, I hope people reject that. I think they should consider their language and try to do better going forward.”

“We need people in elected office that want to take this country in a better direction where we accept the outcome of elections, where we don’t use language to try to incite our supporters. We don’t need folks in the United States Senate that they’re comfortable using language like that,” Kelly added.

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