Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake destroyed “fair and balanced” Fox News anchor Bret Baier last night during a contentious interview.
“I’m really disappointed in Fox. I thought you were a little better than CNN,” Lake told the stunned news anchor.
The Republican candidate blasted Baier for bringing up a scurrilous story about her association with a drag queen — insteading of focusing on the allegations of voter fraud documented in 2000 Mules.
Here’s how Mediaite described the encounter:
“As a candidate, you come under scrutiny. The Washington Post has a story today that says Arizona GOP candidate who criticized drag queens was once a fan according to a drag queen,” began Baier, reading a headline from the Post.
“This is the quote, ‘Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake who has attacked drag queens as dangerous to children attended the shows of drag queen Richard Stephens for 20 years and once hired him to perform at her home,’ Do you care to address that?” asked Baier.
“I do care. I actually do care to address that and I’m really shocked. I’m actually appalled that Fox News would take a defamatory story like that and we are pursuing legal action against this drag queen, I’m appalled that you would bring that up when you have not talked about our stolen election,” Lake said.Mediaite
It’s true that Baier did not bring up anything regarding the 2000 Mules documentary. And as Ms. Lake pointed out, eh tossed softball questions to her Republican opponent.
“Let’s address this story in the Washington Post,” Baier continued, “Every candidate takes tough stories.”
“Last question I’m going to ask. What about these pictures with him, Richard Stephens? What about the post I performed for Kari’s birthday, I have performed in her home?” Baier followed up.
“I don’t want to ask these questions. I asked you to address them,” Baier added.
“I think you do want to ask them but you don’t want to ask about 2,000 Mules,” Lake responded, trying to deflect back to the 2020 election and allegations of voter fraud.
“I think you do want to ask about this. This is absolutely ludicrous. I’m talking about drag shows in schools. This is what triggered this man,” Lake added.
“You are saying his allegations are wrong, is that what you are saying?” Baier pushed again.
“Yes, I am. I’m really appalled that you would spend time on a false story like that. It’s shocking,” Lake added, never addressing the photos or social media posts linking her to Stephens.
As Baier wrapped up the interview, Lake hit him again for bringing up the story that has been grabbing national headlines.
“Here you have me on and try to bring a defamatory story out. It’s really sad,” she concluded.Mediaite
Baier doesn’t seem to understand that the issue is not drag queens. If a grown adult wants to go to a drag bar or host a drag queen in their home (which Lake denies doing), that’s perfectly legal under the U.S. Constitution.
The issue is whether drag queens should be sent into public schools and libraries to recruit children to their way of life. That, by the way, is called grooming.
Watch the full interview below: