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HILARIOUS: Kari Lake Thumps Media With Own Defamatory Storyline

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You know Dems are getting desperate if Jussie Smollett’s name makes comeback in the closing days of the Governor’s race in Arizona.

No, Jussie isn’t out there stumping for Katie Hobbs. But it’s almost as loopy.

To understand Lake’s exchange with the media yesterday, we need to recap what’s been happening over the last few days. (For readers already familiar with the recent break-in to the Hobbs campaingn office, you can skip the recap section and go right to the ‘main event’ heading.)

The Recap

Katie Hobbs is trailing Kari Lake in the polls. It’s not even close. It isn’t helping her case any that not only was Hobbs unpopular to begin with, but she’s now looking like a chicken for having ducked a debate in which she would surely have been shellacked.

There was a break-in, and Hobbs wasted no time in politicizing the attack, blaming Lake.

Katie Hobbs’ campaign manager has blamed a break-in at the Arizona Democrat’s election headquarters on her Republican opponent Kari Lake and Lake’s allies, accusing them of “spreading dangerous misinformation and inciting threats against anyone they see fit.”
The Phoenix Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at Hobbs’ office in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon, AZCentral reported.
— Newsweek

The shameless news media amplified that with headlines like this, from the same story: “Katie Hobbs Blames Kari Lake as HQ Break-In Sparks Watergate Comparisons”

Uh-huh. Sure. That was quite the rush to judgment from our ‘professional’ chattering class. And Kari called them on it.

From the minute the story broke, she compared it to the Jussie Smollett story where the media took salacious accusations as though they were gospel truth and pounced with them.

Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, called reporters “despicable” for asking her to respond to allegations from the Arizona Democratic Party that she was directly responsible for a break-in at Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs’s office earlier this week.
“That is absolutely absurd. It sounds like a Jussie Smollett part two. You’re going to drag the people through something like this,” Lake said in response to a question from a CNN reporter following an event honoring first responders on Wednesday.
— WashingtonExaminer

Just one day later police had arrested a suspect…

Dos Reis had already been in custody, accused of an unrelated, separate burglary, when a police officer identified him from surveillance footage taken at Hobbs’s headquarters shortly after the robbery, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
“On the night of October 26th, a patrol officer viewed a news story displaying a released image of the surveillance video. The officer recognized the man in the image as a suspect that was arrested earlier in the day for another unrelated commercial burglary,” police said in a press release. “The officer researched the arrest and learned the suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Mota Dos Reis, was still in jail but would soon be released. The officer contacted the jail and was able to re-arrest Dos Reis.”
Surveillance images published by local media outlets on Wednesday showed a young male approaching the door of Hobbs’ downtown campaign office.
Police say that Dos Reis took an Apple computer mouse, an Apple keyboard and a black Nikon camera from the campaign office worth a total of $1180.
— NYPost

So, the person of interest wasn’t a malicious, politically-motivated individual, but someone with a history of serial commercial burglary. That doesn’t match the narrative at all, does it?

The main event

That brings us up to speed on what happened next. The exchange is captured in two short, but rhetorically powerful clips.

In the first act she put on an absolute clinic in framing the message:

She trolled them by saying there was an incident in which Katie Hobbs herself was believed to have been rummaging in her campaign office, but she didn’t make a big fuss about it or spread wild accusations to the media. (More on that ‘incident’ in act two). Then she contrasted the zeal with which Hobbs accusations were amplified by the media, and the care with which the offender’s identity was concealed against the openly defamatory statements being made about Lake by her own former employer, a media company that has obviously chosen sides in this election.

Why all the interest in this drama about a break-in? It helps them deflect from the REAL story, one that is really good news for Lake’s campaign, and bad news for her opponent and (by extension) the media who have been carrying water for her.

But wait, there’s more!

Lake made a point of explaining (as one might to a small child) that the event in her previous comments about rummaging in her office was, in fact, a joke. (The photo ‘evidence’ showed security footage of someone in a giant chicken costume, which picks up on criticism of Katie’s refusal to face Lake in a debate.)

She used THAT joke to call out the journalists, THEMSELVES. They are unserious and nothing more than a joke themselves for chasing these dumb stories — then she called out some of the journos present BY NAME.

This is how you handle a bully… even a corporate one.

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