Liz Cheney Trolls Arizona’s Kari Lake On Election Loss

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who actively campaigned against Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, trolled Lake on Monday night after she was declared the loser in the Arizona race.

Leo Wolfson

November 15, 20223 min read

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By Leo Wolfson, State Political Reporter

Liz Cheney “keeps her receipts,” as the kids say.

It doesn’t appear the outgoing Republican congresswoman from Wyoming is going softly into the night.

Shortly after Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was projected to lose her bid for the governor’s race on Monday night, Cheney popped up on Twitter to swipe back at Lake for a condescending letter the Arizonan wrote to Cheney before the election.

Lake appeared certain a week before the election that Cheney’s anti-endorsement would help her campaign and penned a sarcastic and biting letter thanking Cheney for the effort.

“Your recent television ad urging Arizonans not to vote for me is doing just the opposite,” Lake wrote. 

“In fact, my team tells me your commercial should add another 10 points to our lead!” she wrote.

Cheney’s former Wyoming congressional opponent Harriet Hageman expressed similar confidence about Cheney’s campaigning, but turns out Lake needed those 10 points, as the Republican is now projected to lose by a 50.4% to 49.6% margin.

Cheney was low-key about reminding Lake of her letter.

“You’re welcome, @KariLake,” Cheney tweeted, along with a copy of Lake’s letter thanking Cheney for her “help.”

Lake didn’t respond back to Cheney but does seem to be disputing the results of the election. Leading up to last week’s general election, Lake has consistently maintained she would not accept the results of the election if she didn’t win.

Lake Claims ‘BS’

“Arizonans know BS when they see it,” Lake tweeted on Monday.

Lake has made claims of election malfeasance throughout her campaign, making it clear that if she lost, it would be because of cheating.

Former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Lake, jumped to her defense Monday.

“I assume everyone is watching Arizona as the great Kari Lake’s easy election win is slowly, yet systematically, being drained away from her, and from the American people,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “This is a very sad thing to watch. Mail in Ballots, long election counts, many day elections, machines that very few people understand, massive counting centers, and more, are an American disaster. Our elections have become an unreliable joke, and the whole world is watching!”

Lake also has consistently questioned the results of the 2020 election.

“We’ve had such terrible elections. They’re run poorly. They’re ripe with fraud,” she said on Fox News on Friday. “Our elected officials tell us that if we dare bring it up we’re conspiracy theorists, we’re election deniers. Darn it, we’ve got to start bringing this up.”

Cheney has targeted Republican candidates who deny the results of the 2020 election a target this fall. Three of the four candidates she directly supported won their races. While she didn’t actively endorse their opponents, Cheney campaigned against Lake and Arizona secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem, who both lost their races.

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Leo Wolfson

Politics and Government Reporter