Ex-RNC Chair Tells Republicans To not ‘Wallow within the Mud’ With Kari Lake

A former Republican Nationwide Committee (RNC) chairman has urged the celebration to “get critical” about its future and never “wallow within the mud” with Kari Lake.

Michael Steele’s feedback got here as Lake, a former tv information anchor who misplaced the Arizona governor’s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs this previous November, traveled throughout Iowa persevering with to advertise false claims of election fraud.

“The celebration must get critical about its future,” Steele, who chaired the RNC from January 2009 to January 2011, instructed The Washington Submit. “If it thinks it’ll be aggressive, it can’t entertain stupidity and denialism. If it would not need to be aggressive, wallow within the mud with Kari Lake.”

Lake made Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of fraud within the 2020 presidential election the centerpiece of her marketing campaign for governor and misplaced to Hobbs by greater than 17,000 votes.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks throughout an election night time watch celebration in Scottsdale, Arizona, on November 8, 2022. She continues to disclaim her loss within the race to Democrat Katie Hobbs.
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Many Republicans blamed Trump and election deniers for the GOP’s disappointing midterms efficiency and now concern that it may hurt the celebration additional in 2024. However whereas different election deniers conceded after dropping their races in November, Lake has not. A choose threw out Lake’s problem of her defeat in December—a call she is interesting.

Lake is rumored to be weighing a Senate run, however she stated this previous Friday that she is “centered 100%” on her ongoing courtroom battle in Arizona.

“My primary focus is taking management of the Arizona governorship as a result of we deserve that and we fought for that and we voted for that,” she stated.

At stops in Iowa on Friday and Saturday, she continued to assert the 2020 election was stolen from Trump and that voting was rigged towards her within the Arizona race.

“If you happen to lose, lose with dignity. You shake the opposite particular person’s hand and stroll away,” she instructed an viewers in Bettendorf, relaying recommendation given to her by her father. “I did not lose, so I am not doing that.”

Though Iowa’s first-in-the-nation GOP caucuses are nonetheless a few 12 months away, GOP presidential hopefuls should reply to Lake’s go to to Iowa, Steele stated.

Lake and Steele have been contacted by Newsweek for additional remark.

The one declared candidate within the 2024 race is Trump, however he has not visited Iowa since asserting his run and kickstarted his marketing campaign in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Others weighing campaigns reportedly embrace former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.