Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has been accused of befriending Richard Stevens, who is a drag queen. Lake was confronted about the issue by Fox News host Bret Baier.
Baier asked Lake to address the allegations about attending drag shows and hiring Stevens to perform at her home and the conversation got heated.
Lake responded, “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. You failed to talk about that.”
Baier doubled down, “We just spent three questions, Ms. Lake, talking about this. I’ve asked you a number of questions about it. I played the Arizona House Speaker. Let’s address this story that’s in the Washington Post, every candidate takes tough stories.”
Lake said that she was “happy to address it,” but said that she was “disappointed in Fox.” Lake added, “I thought you were a little better than CNN.”
Pictures from Stevens’ Instagram show Lake and another drag queen posing for a picture. In the picture, Lake is wearing a shirt that advertises Stevens’ drag show and another picture that’s been released is allegedly Lake and Stevens posing together.
Baier said, “I don’t want to ask these questions. I asked you to address them.”
Lake said, “Actually, I think you do want to ask them but you don’t want to ask about 2,000 Mules. I think you do want to ask about this. This is absolutely ridiculous. I’m talking about drag shows in schools. This is what triggered this man. Somebody who goes to a drag show with female impersonators is one thing. We don’t want our tax money going into drag shows at school.”
Lake added, “I’m really appalled that you would spend time on a false story like that. It’s shocking.”
A recent poll by Trafalgar shows Lake ahead of Karrin Taylor Robson by 11.8% in the gubernatorial race.