Defeated U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is not going into retirement quietly — and Kari Lake could not be more thrilled.
Lake, the Trump-endorsed Republican nominee for governor in Arizona, used an ad that Cheney cut for her opponent over the weekend as an opportunity to troll the left-leaning GOP lawmaker from Wyoming who was utterly crushed in her re-election bid this year.
Continuing, Cheney noted that Lake and Mark Finchem, the GOP candidate for secretary of state, whose job would be to oversee state elections, “have said that they will only honor the results of an election if they agree with it.”
“If you care about the survival of our republic, you cannot give people power who will not honor elections,” said Cheney.
The irony is rich indeed.
For most of her last term in Congress, Cheney has worked hand-in-hand with Democrats such as Reps. Bennie Thompson, Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin who refused to accept the results of past elections.
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Thompson objected to certifying Ohio’s Electoral College vote in 2004 for George W. Bush over unsupported accusations of voting-machine tampering. Schiff spent Donald Trump’s entire time in office suggesting he was illegitimate and promoting the phony left-wing attack that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to steal the election. Raskin, on Jan. 6, 2017, called for Congress to not certify Florida’s Electoral College votes for Trump, claiming, without offering any evidence, that the election “was badly tainted by everything from cyber-sabotage by Vladimir Putin, to deliberate voter suppression by Republicans in numerous swing states.”
In response to Cheney’s hypocrisy, Lake issued a thank you, according to Newsmax.
“Thank you for your generous in-kind contribution to my campaign,” Lake wrote in a letter to Cheney, according to Newsmax.
“Your recent television ad urging Arizonans not to vote for me is doing just the opposite. Our campaign donations are skyrocketing, and our website nearly crashed from traffic as people rushed to learn more about my plan to put Arizona first and join our historic political movement.”
“While we appreciate your in-kind contribution, the $500,000 ad buy likely exceeds Arizona’s $5,300 individual contribution limit,” Lake added.
“Enjoy your forced retirement from politics. I know America will rest easier knowing that one more warmonger is out of office.”
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According to the Real Clear Politics average of national polling in Arizona, Lake as of Friday led Democrat Katie Hobbs by 4.2 points, her largest lead of the race. Just 15 days earlier, Lake had led by just one-half a percentage point.