Multiple candidates spread election and COVID-19 misinformation during Wednesday’s GOP debate in Arizona.
“I feel like this is a parody,” Trump-backed candidate Kari Lake said during the Arizona PBS debate.
Ted Simons, the moderator, tried to end the program by repeatedly saying “that’s it,” but candidates talked about him.
Republican candidates Kari Lake, Scott Neely, Karrin Taylor Robson and Paola Tulliani Zen, all vying for Arizona governor, spent Wednesday night talking about each other, spreading misinformation and wondering whether or not they were in a real “Saturday.” night” were. Live” sketch.
The debate, moderated by “Arizona Horizon” host Ted Simons on Arizona PBSin which Robson repeatedly called Lake “Fake Lake” for claiming she supported mask mandates, Neely said he would bring steel to the border wall himself to finish it, and Neely said, unsolicited, that he hadn’t “been on a stage with this many women since I’ve been to a baby shower.”
Neely, who made some of the most outlandish comments, called Lake’s campaign a “PSYOP,” short for a military tactic known as psychological operations.
Both Lake and Robson also said they have a… Arizona law banning most abortions passed before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The law, which is back in force in the state, also includes provisions to criminalize abortion providers.
Simons’ efforts to minimize the insults and superficial comments proved futile. Tuliana-Zen even cried out “mamma mia” in frustration.
At one point in the debate, Lake asked if it was an “SNL” skit.
“I feel like this is a parody, honestly,” Lake said. “Is this a parody, Ted? Are you sure?’
Simmons ended the program by repeatedly saying “that was it” as candidates continued to talk about him.
Arizona will vote for its next governor on Nov. 8. Republican Governor Doug Ducey will serve a limited term this year and will not be able to run for re-election. Democratic candidates include Marco Lopez and Katie Hobbs.
Lake, endorsed by Trump, recently fight a claim she was friends with Arizona drag personality Richard Stevens. Lake, who recently took an anti-drag queen stance, has called the allegations lies, despite the existence of pictures of Lake and Stevens together.
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