GOP Governor Candidate’s Media-Bashing Ad Is Equal Parts Ridiculous And Concerning — Here’s What People Are Saying
A ridiculous joke that shows how out-of-touch the far right is with everything in society, or a violent message encouraging threats and physical harm to journalists? Those are two predominant responses to a new ad from a Republican candidate who would like to be Arizona’s next governor, and has Donald Trump’s endorsement for the position.
The Republican Accountability Project shared Kari Lake’s new ad on Twitter, and the public responded, finding the behavior in the ad to be worthy of both ridicule and concern. In it, Lake uses a massive hammer to destroy several television sets and computer monitors, alternating with clips of news hosts presenting on the screens.
.@KariLake, Trump-endorsed AZ governor candidate, released a debut campaign ad focused on her wanting to "take a sledgehammer" to the media. These must be the real problems Arizonans care about (jk, they're not). pic.twitter.com/55ykWe01Rw
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) October 4, 2021
First of all, no one could resist pointing out that the tech she’s bashing looks a little older.
*No current technology was harmed in this advertisement…
— Beyurself66 (@beyurself66) October 4, 2021
One thing for sure is that Arizona needs to upgrade its TVs
— The Mighty Fetta (@MightyFetta) October 4, 2021
Guess they couldn't afford a TV made in the 21st century.
— James is skeptically optimistic. 🎃 (@JamesFSmith1) October 4, 2021
Was she going for late 1980s MTV vibes? This looks dated af.
— OUFENIX (D) (@oufenix) October 4, 2021
Love the old bubble screens. Maybe throw in a VHS and a Victrola.
— Mr. Charles (@MrCharles00) October 4, 2021
Secondly, everyone is calling out the hypocrisy in Lake declaring “the media” to be the problem, despite spending 22 years as a news anchor herself, and presumably intends to utilize the same media she’s demonizing in order to promote her campaign.
On a Fox affiliate, no less, who are now for some reason classified as MSM.
— Tyrant Biggles (@onebadclam) October 4, 2021
Kari Lake WAS the media for 25 years until early this year when she decided she wanted a piece of the Republican grift.
— 🏳️🌈 Sybil Ludington’s Saddle (@returnofbex) October 4, 2021
Surely she'll skip ad-buy on the "corrupted media" outlets? Lol, jk.
— Annoying Liberal 🇺🇸 (@CodeAficionado) October 4, 2021
The other major thing that’s standing out to people, however, is the violence of the ad, especially after years of a president who attacked the media and encouraged his supporters to both attack and distrust anyone who reported negative information about him.
Exactly. She’s subtly inciting violence against the media and anyone who disagrees with her and her fans. Considering Jan 6, the school board assaults and other threats made by fans of her party why is this post even allowed.
— Mw (@TheSkylineTrail) October 4, 2021
Violence and lies… is this the kind of person people want leading them???
— ray (@ray34ford) October 4, 2021
Way to endanger the lives of honest, hardworking journalists doing their jobs to keep government accountable to the people. You are dangerous just like Trump.
— The Girl (@thegrwnuptable) October 4, 2021
Funny how conservative candidates feel the need to shoot and destroy in their campaign ads.
Are they feeling insecure?
— Deesnay (@Deesnay) October 4, 2021
Oh cool. Attack a free press. Wtf..
— Tango_Joy5729 (@joy5729) October 4, 2021
According to AZ Central, Donald Trump endorsed Lake for Governor of Arizona last week, saying “Few can take on the Fake News Media like Kari.” This follows her declaration of her certainty that Trump won the 2020 election, which he in fact lost, and her assurance that she would not have certified the election for Joe Biden.