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Claytoonz: Kari Lake o'lies

Claytoonz: Kari Lake o'lies

Kari Lake is the Republican nominee for the governorship of Arizona. And she’s a liar. She’s one of hundreds of candidates running in this nation that push the Big Lie, that either Trump won or that there was massive election fraud throughout the country. There are more than 300 candidates in the United States who deny that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. FiveThirtyEight says 60 percent of Americans will have an election denier on their ballot this fall. That’s fucked up and ironic all at once.

These goons are running for office asking for your vote which they claim is fraudulent. Many are claiming elections don’t work unless they win. Some of these goons are running for office where it will be their job, if they win, to protect the integrity of elections.

Kari Lake is one of them. Lake went on CNN over the past weekend where Dana Bash bashed her over her election-denying lies. Bash asked Lake why she kept repeating the lies. Lake said, “Well, there’s plenty of evidence. We had 740,000 ballots with no chain of custody. Those ballots shouldn’t have been counted.”

Officials in Maricopa County acknowledge that a fifth of the forms documenting the transfer of drop-box ballots had incomplete information, including missing signatures. The county estimates that maybe as many as 200,000 votes were transferred without full documentation. Election-denying right-wing groups have used this to build and push the conspiracy of massive election fraud.

But, that’s not evidence of fraud. It’s evidence of mismanagement. And, the presidential election in Maricopa County has been audited more than once, even by Republican groups pushing the Big Lie. Yet, Lake believes all those votes, more than a third cast in the county, should be thrown out. Throwing out votes is NOT “election integrity.” That’s fraud. Republicans claim votes for Trump were thrown out in the 2020 election, yet they’re demanding that the same thing be done with votes for Joe Biden.

This is like when Republicans yell and scream about corruption from Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden that they can’t actually prove, while ignoring Trump’s corruption. The thing is, they don’t actually care about corruption, just partisanship. If you’re upset over Hunter Biden, who’s never ever worked in government, receiving money from foreign sources but don’t give a hoot about Jared Kushner receiving $2 billion from his buddy and journalist murderer, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he had many negotiations with as a White House advisor, then you don’t care about actual corruption. You’re a fraud and a hack. The truth is, you support corruption.

It’s like when these goons scream about corruption in Ukraine when the actual problem they have with that nation is it wasn’t corrupt enough to play ball with Donald Trump’s corruption.

And these goons like Kari Lake don’t care about “election integrity.” You don’t care about election integrity when you’re trying to destroy the right to vote. Liars don’t have integrity, so they’re not the people to trust with our elections.

Bash asked Lake, “If leaders like you and President Trump are saying that the election was stolen, aren’t you participating, contributing, even causing the idea of people thinking that the election is not safe and secure?” Lake lied and said no.

Lake said, “No. We are going to make sure our elections are safe and secure for Democrats, independents and Republicans alike. We want to know that our legal vote counted.” But the thing is, they were counted. And in Maricopa County, counted multiple times. Even Republicans aligned with Trump couldn’t find any election fraud. Yet, Lake lies and still says Trump won the state and Biden stole the presidency. And, she doesn’t use proof because she doesn’t have any.

Lake is a liar. Like most Republicans, it’s kind of her thing. She’s also a vile human being and has called for the arrest of her opponent, Katie Hobbs, without any real reason. She’s called for the arrest of journalists which is scary considering she used to be one.

Lake has claimed January 6 rioters have been imprisoned without being charged (a lie). She has repeated false claims of election fraud from people like Sidney Powell. She likes to spread her lies on Parler, a right-wing hate site which is about to be bought by Kanye West.

And Lake says she will accept the results of Arizona’s gubernatorial election… only if she wins.

Kari Lake, like Donald Trump and all Republicans, do not care about election integrity. You can’t really care about election integrity when you personally don’t have any integrity.

Clay Jones is the 2022 recipient of the RFK Human Rights Journalism Award in Editorial Cartooning, and won a 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. He was a finalist for the Herblock Prize in 2019 and a finalist for the National Headliner Award in 2020. See more award-winning editorial cartoons from him at

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