Trump loyalist and Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, would invoke 10th Amendment if elected—campaign literature calls government “illegitimate”—angry over the legal FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate

Many Arizona Republicans see Lake as an extreme nationalist and not a true Arizona conservative. “Extreme Republican nationalists have wanted a civil war since Trump lost.”

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Quentin LaVar, Reporter

Trump supporters are calling for a civil war even though the FBI legally raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Arizona’s own Trump devotee, Kari Lake, the GOP winner of a narrow gubernatorial Republican primary race, posted a statement on Monday claiming the federal government is “illegitimate”  and that, if elected, would invoke the 10th Amendment after campaign ranting against a legal FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Lake has also claimed that “God did not create us to be equal to men,” even though the 52-year old is fiercely declaring that she will be the next leader of Arizona and is “beloved by people.”

But Lake will have a steep hill to climb in order to win the hearts of all Arizona Republicans as well as independent voters. In recent polling, Lake was the underdog, and after scarcely surviving the primary in which most of the Arizona Republican establishment opposed her.

Lake may also be relying heavily on history, since Republicans have won six of the last eight governor’s races in Arizona.

But not all Republican voters, including Matt Newman, a native of Arizona and Mesa business owner, who spoke to Northeast Valley News at Park Central Mall on Tuesday, believe that Lake is “worthy” of the GOP nomination. Newman claims that Lake and others have abandoned true Arizona conservatism and embraced extreme nationalism—and says, “that’s a far cry” from what he describes as a legitimate Republican.

“Extreme Republican nationalists have wanted a civil war since Trump lost the election,” Newman said.

Like Newman, many Republicans agree that a stark contrast exists in a once united party.

After the gubernatorial primary finally resulted in a slim Lake victory, there had been three days of ballot counting between Lake and her GOP opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson.

Even before the extended ballot count, Lake stated there was “stealing going on” but provided no evidence when pressed for details.

These are the same Trump talking points she has consistently used in her campaign referencing a “fraudulent” 2020 presidential election—which, to date, have never been evidenced.

Federal and state election officials including Trump’s attorney general have found no credible evidence that the 2020 election was tainted. Trump’s allegations and his supporter’s claims have been rejected by courts, including some of those he appointed.