The Democratic Party is attempting to help nominate a journalist with ties to salacious drag queens and Neo-Nazi "Jew hunters," according to NBC News. Arizona Democrats last week circulated a press release intended to undermine Karrin Taylor Robson, the GOP gubernatorial candidate running against Kari Lake, a longtime news anchor and Democratic donor who volunteered for Barack Obama's campaign in 2008.
Election observers correctly assumed that the reason Democrats were attacking Robson was to boost Lake's chances of winning the Republican nomination for governor. Given her close ties to the drag queen and Neo-Nazi communities, Lake is presumably the candidate Democrats would prefer to face in November. The party pursued a similar strategy in 2016 by helping Donald Trump win the GOP presidential nomination. Alas, that didn't work out as they'd hoped.
Trump endorsed Lake last year despite her 2017 comments denouncing his performance at a press conference following the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. Lake told her Facebook followers that Trump "showed absolutely no self-control" during the press conference, which she described as "a train crash … a real $hit$how." She is currently leading the primary field by 8.5 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. Arizona holds its primary on August 2.
Ironically, Lake is now attracting support from some of the same Neo-Nazi types responsible for the Charlottesville rally. In August 2021, she posed for a photo at a campaign event with Ethan Schmidt-Crockett and Greyson Arnold, renowned icons of incel racism. Schmidt-Crockett, for example, recently posted a video in which he announced his plan to "celebrate white history and Christian heritage [by] bringing back some good old Jew hunting." Arnold, meanwhile, has repeatedly defended Adolf Hitler and argued that the United States fought on the wrong side in World War II.
Lake has also been accused of hypocrisy for her recently established opposition to drag queens. The candidate, who has attacked drag queens as dangerous to children, reportedly maintained a close friendship with a prominent Arizona drag queen named Richard Stevens, aka Barbra Seville. "I've performed for Kari's birthday, I've performed in her home (with children present,) and I've performed for her at some of the seediest bars in Phoenix," Stevens wrote on Facebook last month.
Arizona is not the only state in which Democrats have meddled in the Republican primary by backing the most controversial GOP candidate. They helped Doug Mastriano win the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Pennsylvania by running ads touting his pro-Trump credentials. In Illinois, the state's billionaire governor J.B. Pritzker (D., Ill.) and the Democratic Governors Association spent $30 million attacking Richard Irvin, a moderate black Republican, to spoil his chances of winning the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
The party has even meddled in House primaries by supporting radical candidates. Nancy Pelosi's House Majority PAC attempted to defeat Rep. David Valadao (R., Calif.), who voted to impeach Trump, by boosting his pro-Trump primary opponent. It didn't work, but the party's efforts have been widely criticized. For all their wailing and moaning about the democracy being under assault, Democrats have been actively seeking to promote Kari Lake and Republican candidates who embraced the campaign to overturn the 2020 election.