A drag queen called Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake a “phony” in a political advertisement, highlighting the hypocrisy Lake has shown over the years regarding her old political stances.
Lake, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, has previously made headlines for her statements regarding accusations made by Richard Stevens, who performs as a drag queen under the name Barbra Seville.
On Tuesday, a political advertisement featuring a drag queen sitting in front of a mirror called out Lake for being hypocritical in her political beliefs.
In the 30-second video, which was posted on Twitter by Mike Sington, the drag queen says, “A drag queen knows a fake when we see one. Like Kari Lake.”
“She pretends to be an ‘America First’ Republican, but Barack Obama‘s speeches ‘enthralled’ her and his liberal Supreme Court pick was a ‘very good justice,’” the drag queen said. “She even defended Hillary Clinton‘s emails. Ugh, politics.
“But when Kari attacked drag queens, even though she counted us as friends, went into our bars, invited us into her home…now missy pretends it never happened. That Kari Lake, she’s not just a fake. She’s a phony,” the drag queen concludes.
The controversy between Lake and drag queens stems from the alleged friendship between the Arizona Republican and Stevens, which Lake has publicly denied.
While on Fox News in late June, host Bret Baier quoted a Washington Post report, saying, “Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who has attacked drag queen as dangerous to children, attended the shows of drag queen Richard Stevens for more than 20 years and once hired him to perform at her home.”
The “attack” in question refers to Lake’s statement on Twitter, in which she wrote, “They kicked God out of schools and welcomed the Drag Queens.”
Baier asked Lake to address the accusations, to which Lake said she was “appalled.”
“I do care to address that, I am really shocked, I am actually appalled that Fox News would take a defamatory story like that,” Lake said. The video of her argument with Baier went viral on social media.
“I am happy to address it, I am really disappointed in Fox, I thought you were a little better than CNN,” Lake continued. She stated that they were taking legal action against the drag queen, and her lawyers and campaign team served Stevens a cease-and-desist letter, to which Stevens responded in a Facebook post on his Barbra Seville page, “I won’t cease or desist.”
Despite the ensuing drama, Lake remains in the lead according to a poll just three weeks ahead of the Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary.