The Leading Lady for Trump

Kari Lake speaking with supporters at a "Stand for Freedom" rally at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gage Skidmore/The Star News Network via Wikimedia Commons.

This leading lady has earned President Trump’s endorsement. She emulates his performance and is on fire for what President Trump stands for. She is getting more popular by the day, especially with the support of the MAGA President. She is new to the scene of politics and is an agile politician.

This leading lady is Kari Lake and she is running for governor of Arizona.

The way Lake has imitated Trump’s rhetoric is obvious, but as I’ve followed her in the months since, something else has become clear: She is much better at this than Trump’s other emulators. That makes sense, given her first career in front of the camera, cultivating trust among thousands of Maricopa County viewers. But this is more than imitation: Lake has made MAGA her own. She’s agile as a politician in a way that other high-profile Trump-endorsed candidates.

Lake is in a neck-and-neck race in Arizona, but she arguably has a better chance than any other famous Trump endorsee this cycle.

If Lake wins in November, the stakes are clear: Her administration will oversee elections in a swing state that will help decide the next president of the United States. All “Stop the Steal” candidates pose a threat to American democracy, but Lake’s race “is a category on its own,” Tim Miller, a Republican strategist and Trump critic, said. “On a scale of one to 10, this is a 13-level threat.”

But it’s not “if” Lake wins. It’s WHEN Kari Lake wins. Her political trajectory is too great to deny her the opportunity to serve the people of Arizona, thereby opening the doors for President Trump’s reentry into the White House.

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