Q&A with Arizona governor hopeful Kari Lake on Trump search warrant, border barrier, more
Aug 17, 2022, 4:15 AM | Updated: 8:44 am
(Mar-A-Lago and Kari Lake: AP Photos; Shipping container border wall: Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)
PHOENIX – Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona, said Tuesday she talked to former President Donald Trump after FBI agents searched his Florida residence last week.
“I try to keep my conversations that are private with him private, but I did call him the night of the raid,” Lake, a strong supporter of Trump who has his endorsement, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.
“I just wanted to check in and see how he was doing. He sounded upbeat and good.”
Lake, who won the GOP primary earlier this month and will face Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs in the November general election, covered a range of current events in Tuesday morning’s interview.
Here’s what she said about the FBI search and seizure at Mar-A-Lago, Gov. Doug Ducey’s shipping container border wall, and school security in the wake of a high-profile incident at a West Valley school:
On the FBI executing a search warrant to retrieve documents from Trump’s estate:
“I feel it was an overreach of the federal government. It’s been no surprise that since even before President Trump made it into office, they’ve been out to get him and it’s been nonstop using our government to go after President Donald Trump.
“I really do believe that Americans are tired of it. … We have important issues facing us in this country, and they’re on a warpath with President Trump. The guy’s out of office; leave him alone.”
On Ducey’s executive order to close gaps in the Arizona-Mexico border wall:
“I’m happy that Gov. Ducey is making a move on this. You know, I want to see the wall, President Trump’s wall, constructed, but any barrier that’s going to keep people from pouring across by the hundreds is good. Any barrier that might keep even some drugs out is good. We need to do more than that, but it’s a step in the right direction and I commend him for doing that.”
On three people getting arrested for trying to enter Thompson Ranch Elementary School in El Mirage while it was locked down:
“It’s tough because we failed at many levels in the past. So you can naturally understand parents hear about an incident and they want to rush to the school and save their babies. I totally understand what they’re thinking. I get that mindset. You know, we’ve got that instinct in us as moms and dads that you will walk over hot coals and fire for your babies. So I get that.”