Trump endorsed a candidate for Arizona governor right after she called for him to to be added to Mount Rushmore

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US President Donald Trump arrives for the Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty
  • Trump endorsed an Arizona gubernatorial candidate right after she called for his addition to Mount Rushmore.
  • Kari Lake, the GOP candidate, is a former news anchor who has echoed Trump’s false claims of election fraud.
  • “She will do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey,” Trump wrote in a statement.
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Former President Donald Trump endorsed a former news anchor for Arizona governor just hours after she tweeted at South Dakota’s governor to add him to Mount Rushmore.

Kari Lake, a former journalist for Fox 10 News in Phoenix, has risen to prominence by attacking the media, railing against vaccine mandates, and echoing Trump’s false claims of election fraud during the 2020 election – Trump narrowly lost the state to President Joe Biden by just over 10,000 votes.

“She is strong on Crime, will protect our Border, Second Amendment, Military, and Vets, and will fight to restore Election Integrity (both past and future!),” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. “She is against Covid lockdowns, Cancel Culture, and will end ‘woke’ curriculum in our schools. She will do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey–won’t even be a contest!”

Despite a cozy relationship before the election, Trump’s feud with Ducey began after he certified the election for Biden in November 2020 – Ducey ignored a phone call from the president while signing the official paperwork.

“Arizona will not forget what Ducey just did,” Trump said to a crowd in Arizona just after Ducey certified the vote.

This story is developing.