Trump Endorses Kari Lake at Senate Campaign Launch Event

The former candidate for Arizona governor said only with a united front can America defeat the destructive policies of the Biden administration.

By Allan Stein10/11/2023


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Former President Donald Trump endorsed Arizona Republican Kari Lake in her campaign for the U.S. Senate during the launch event on Oct. 10.

President Trump, who is running for the White House, appeared on a large screen in front of hundreds of Ms. Lake’s supporters at a hangar rally at Jet Set Magazine in Scottsdale.

“When I’m back in the White House, I’ll need strong fighters like Kari for the Senate. She’s a fighter, she’s strong, and she’s got a great heart,” President Trump said.

“Republicans must win—and we must win very big. It’s much harder for them to cheat if we do as we should. You get enough votes, and they can’t cheat that badly.”

After her contested defeat in the 2022 race for Arizona governor, Ms. Lake is now refocusing on capturing the U.S. Senate seat from incumbent Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) in the Nov. 5, 2024 election.

“This mama bear’s got a whole lot of fight left in her,” Ms. Lake told hundreds of supporters chanting “Kari!” during a hangar rally at Jet Set Magazine in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I’m not surrendering this hill. I’m not going to retreat.”

Ms. Sinema has not announced whether she will seek a second term. Ruben Gallego is running for the Democratic nomination. Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is seeking the GOP nomination.

“We’re in tenuous times—we’re in dangerous times,” Ms. Lake said as she alluded to world events and the recent attack in Israel by the terrorist Palestinian group Hamas.

Ms. Lake blamed President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama for helping to set the political stage for the bloody attack that left hundreds of Israelis dead or captured.

“Thousands of fighting-age men have crossed our southern border, and we know we have terrorists,” she said.

Through an unsecured southern border, heavily armed Mexican drug cartels move “back and forth” across the Arizona border “like they own the place,” Lake said.

“Guess what? They do own the place,” Ms. Lake said. “The cartels own Arizona, and until we kick Joe Biden to the curb, Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema—we’re not going to have a state.”

Ms. Lake said President Biden’s recent visit to Arizona failed to mention a full-blown border crisis.

“You know what he did? He came to Arizona, and he demonized Trump supporters. He called us MAGA extremists. And he called us a threat to democracy,” she said. “I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to let a guy trying to imprison his political opponent call me—or you—a threat to democracy.”

“You, Joe, are a threat to America. And crooked Joe—you are a threat to the world.”