Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo made fun of Kari Lake for what she said about the midterm elections in 2022 in a clip that went viral on social media Monday night.
In Arizona’s gubernatorial election this month, Republican candidate Jeff Lake, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, lost to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by a narrow margin. Arizona is a swing state with a lot of different opinions.
After she lost, Lake said that problems with tabulation machines on Election Day harmed Republican same-day voters in Maricopa County, which is the largest county in the state and home to Phoenix. However, Maricopa officials from both major political parties have defended the election and voted to certify its results.
Even though some Republicans, like Trump, were not sure about the results, the Board of Supervisors met Monday night to certify the county’s elections. After hours of public comments, during which some people who voted for Lake said they didn’t believe the election was fair, the results were finally made official. Lake put clips of what they said on Twitter.
Gallardo, a Democrat, gave a passionate speech at the board meeting in which he criticized Lake for only telling “one side of the story” by not also telling the board why there were some problems at the polls.
Gallardo said, “It’s a great example of how Kari Lake doesn’t want to tell voters the truth.” “She doesn’t. She wants to get people to see her point of view.”
He kept going: “It’s not fair that some people throw rocks at the system but don’t want to tell the voters the truth. It’s her fault.”
Maricopa Superv’s done w/Kari Lake. This is 🔥: “You look at the twitter feed of Kari Lake, they put up 28 posts of people yelling at us. But once the public comment was done, that was it. That’s all they want supporters to know. They don’t want to let the voters know the truth.” pic.twitter.com/EE1NO2BdH3
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) November 28, 2022
A Republican Party critic, attorney Ron Filipkowski, posted a video of his speech, in which he also defended the election as “safe, secure, and correct.” As of Monday evening, it had been watched more than 100,000 times.
Monday, Lake posted more than 20 videos in which people from Maricopa County spoke out against the 2022 election.
In one video, a resident said she was “disenfranchised” when she tried to vote in person and the tabulator wouldn’t take her ballot. She did say, though, that she got confirmation that her vote was counted. She also said that other people had not reached the same confirmation.
Arizona Election Results: Cochise County Postpones Certification
Maricopa is not the only county in Arizona that is in chaos because of the midterm elections. Monday, officials in Cochise County, which is in the state’s southeast, voted 2 to 1 to put off certifying the election results.
Cochise is one of the most conservative parts of Arizona, so Republicans might lose if they don’t certify the election. In particular, it could change the results in Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District, where Democrat Kirsten Engel lost to Republican Juan Ciscomani by only 6,000 votes.
Brahm Resnik, a reporter for KPNX-TV, said that Hobbs plans to sue Cochise County if it doesn’t certify its results. Lake won the county by about 18 points even though he lost the state by less than one point.
Newsweek has asked Lake’s campaign for their thoughts.