Former President Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated his support for Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake after her alleged years-long anti-Trump post resurfaced on social media.
Fox News reported Wednesday that days before Trump’s inauguration in 2017, Lake published a Facebook post that read, “Will you protest the inauguration? If so, which of these suggestions will you adopt? Will you boycott television coverage? Do you wear black? Do you donate money to the ACLU, NAACP or Planned Parenthood? Do you use the hashtag #NotMyPresident? Will you unfollow Donald Trump?”
Fox News said the post disappeared from their site when it reached out to Lake’s campaign for comment.
Although it wasn’t immediately clear if Trump saw the Fox News report, Trump’s support for Lake didn’t appear to have changed until Thursday, when he praised her in a Truth Social post.
“Arizona finally has a chance to have a GREAT governor. Vote for Kari Lake—she has my complete and unreserved approval!” the post read.
Lake, a former Fox 10 host who helped spread unproven allegations of 2020 voter fraud, is up against GOP nominee Karrin Taylor Robson, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump is scheduled to appear at a rally in Arizona on Saturday to campaign for Lake and other candidates he has supported in the state.
Lake’s reported criticism of Trump for sharing the meme on Facebook would make her at least the second Trump-backed political candidate to previously criticize him.
JD Vance, der Backwoods Elegy Author, who is running for a seat in the US Senate in Ohio, reportedly once texted his former college roommate that Trump could be “America’s Hitler.”
Vance allegedly wrote in the message that the GOP was “all to blame” for Trump’s rise on the political stage.
“Like it or not, we’re the party of low-income, low-educated white people, and I’ve long been saying that we need to offer SOMETHING to these people (and hell, maybe even broaden our appeal to working-class black people in the trial) or would become a demagogue,” Vance reportedly wrote in 2016, according to Democratic Republic of Georgia Assemblyman Josh McLaurin, who said he was Vance’s roommate at Yale University.
“We’ve gotten to that point now,” the message reportedly added.
Trump has acknowledged Vance’s previous criticism and has assured that it would not change his support.
Speaking at a rally in Ohio in April, Trump said of Vance, “You know what, he’s a guy who said something bad about me. But you know what, everyone else has done it too. I’ve walked by that standard, I don’t think I would have ever supported anyone in the country.”
news week reached out to Lake’s campaign and a Trump spokesman for comment.