Calling all golddiggers, globalists and RINOs: Now Kari Lake wants your support

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Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, holds a press conference at her campaign headquarters in Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2022.
Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, holds a press conference at her campaign headquarters in Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2022.

We interrupt Day One in the general election campaign for this kumbaya moment, brought to you by none other than Kari Lake and state GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward.

Lake, who defeated Karrin Taylor Robson in the GOP governor’s race, held a news conference on Wednesday to take a victory lap and call on Republicans to come together for the coming campaign for governor.

She even thanked her Republican opponents, Karrin Taylor Robson and Matt Salmon,  and made an appeal to their supporters and other traditional Republicans to join her quest.

I want to bring the Republican Party together … ,” Lake said. “I understand that you don’t always get along on every issue.”

Consider what Lake said about those 'RINOs'

Yeah, like that time in March, when Lake announced to the world that Taylor Robson pretty much hates America.

Or that time when she called Taylor Robson a con artist ...

And a golddigger ...

Or the many times she accused “RINO” Gov. Doug Ducey of supporting open borders and being a doormat to the Mexican drug cartels.

People change. But this was a few days ago

Or how about that time she insulted the entire McCain wing of the Republican Party and implicated the late Sen. John McCain’s widow, Cindy, in a plot to destroy America?

“It just shows you how dangerous the RINO-class of the Republican Party is,” Lake said on Steve Bannon’s podcast. “I believe they’re in cahoots basically with the (George) Soros types on the left. And this is why they stabbed President Trump in the back on the fourth of November and we remember that.”

“This is the Cindy McCain branch of the Republican Party. They’re not Republicans. They’re globalists and they want – I think they want an end to America. They want a globalist agenda, a new world order, whatever you want to call it.”

I suppose you could say Lake has changed. People do.

But those comments were made on Saturday, just three days before the election.

Now she wants all doormats, golddiggers and plotters of global domination to join hands and get behind her campaign for governor.

Unity? That's a funny way of showing it

Ward immediately echoed Lake’s plea for unity.

“She wants to bring this party together and win in November,” Ward tweeted on Wednesday. “Very gracious to @MattSalmonAZ & @KTaylorRobson. I agree! Let’s do this!”

This, from the woman who took sides in contested Republican primaries, which is something Republican Party chairs never do – precisely because they’re supposed to unify the party for November.

How do you now, with a straight face, issue a plea for unity when you’ve spent literally years demonizing and ostrasizing any Republican who doesn’t march in precise lockstep with Donald Trump and the ultra MAGA movement?

Ward not only took sides in multiple Republican primaries. She actually attacked various Republicans, including House Speaker Rusty Bowers who dared to tell the world about the shameful 2020 scheme to overturn democracy in Arizona.

Ward has demeaned, belittled and even coined a nickname for this deeply religious man who acted as his conscience dictated: “Rusty Bowels.”

Meanwhile, she’s equated the traditional wing of the party with the Evil Empire.

Now she and fellow MAGA warrior Lake – who, by the way, hinted she would never concede should she have lost this race – want Republicans to unite?

They certainly have a funny way of showing it.

Reach Roberts at laurie.roberts@arizonarepublic.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurieRoberts.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Kari Lake, Kelli Ward call for unity after calling everyone names