Arizona’s bulwark against Trumpism was just a mirage
“There’s no doubt about it,” he said. “It’s going to be two long years.
For Lake, the campaign was something different. She called it all – last Saturday night’s rally, her climb in Arizona – the start of a “huge red wave”. And the thrill of excitement in the crowd, the combative rhetoric and the brutal imagery that surrounded it suggested a real war at hand.
In the ranch parking lot northwest of Phoenix where Lake addressed the crowd, amid the palo verde trees, Tony Boulos, who was selling t-shirts, showed me one of his bestsellers . It read, “Time to take Biden to the train station,” a reference to the remote location where dead bodies are disposed of on the TV show “Yellowstone.”
“Conservatives are not troublemakers,” he said, pointing to the line of people streaming in. “They just got it.”
He also sold ammunition. “It’s Arizona, man!” Boulos said.
A co-worker of hers fried a hot dog on a grill and said to me, “Our state is a hot spot right now,” while inside the microphone Lake said she felt “like I was on the road like a rock star, playing. She called Hobbs a “coward,” while describing her own campaign as a “national movement… originating right here in Arizona.” She lamented the state of immigration, homelessness and the economy under Democratic rule and, shaking her finger, promised that “we won’t let them take this election as [Biden] did. Definitely not.” She railed against “radical leftists” and the media – “those lying, propagandistic bastards trying to bring this country down.”
At one point, a man in the crowd shouted, “We’ve got your six, Kari.”
“Thank you, sir,” Lake replied. “Thank you, cowboy.”
She said, “We have God on our side”, and she asked her supporters to raise their hands if they were “ready to vote as if your life depended on it”.