GILBERT, AZ – Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake claims that she was recently “ambushed” by a CNN reporter while walking into an event on Wednesday evening, and posted a video on social media showcasing the short and terse interaction.
“CNN tried to ambush me last night while I was walking into an event. And it was the same reporter who crashed one of our events last Fall. I was having none of it,” Lake said in an email newsletter to her supporters.
Lake, a former television news journalist turned Republican politician previously worked at Phoenix television station KSAZ-TV for 22 years; she stepped down from her anchor role in March 2021 and announced her run for Governor against incumbent Doug Ducey – also a Republican – having never held public office before.
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The video posted to Twitter on Thursday shows CNN correspondent Kyung Lah approaching Lake, politely greeting her, and reaching out to shake her hand. Lake took Lah’s hand – and remained holding it throughout the entire interaction – and returned her greeting, noting that the reporter was no longer wearing a mask to protect herself from potential COVID-19 exposure, as apparently she was the last time the two had met.
“Well, we’re outside,” Lah said. “Got a minute to chat?”
“I’ll do an interview as long as it airs on CNN+. Does that still exist?” Lake responded – clearing taking a shot at Lah over CNN’s recently failed subscription-only streaming service that shut down just weeks after it launched – to which the reporter responded, “no.”
“I didn’t think so, because the people don’t like what you guys are peddling, which is propaganda. Thank you,” Lake retorted, releasing Lah’s hand and walking off, ending the brief yet tense interaction.
Lake, a controversial figure who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is currently leading the Republican primary for the upcoming Arizona gubernatorial election – which is slated to take place on November 8, 2022 – although only by a slim margin over businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson.
If elected, Lake said that her top priority will be securing Arizona from the ongoing crisis at the nation’s southern border with Mexico, with record-breaking numbers of undocumented migrants illegally entering the United States each month.