Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake laid down the gauntlet when it comes to the NFL and how rich owners view her policy on the nation’s southern border.
During a TV interview, the candidate pushed back on a question over whether she would back down from declaring an invasion if the NFL threatened to withdraw the 2023 Super Bowl from the state.
In no uncertain terms, Lake declared that “a bunch of football teams owned by billionaires” will not dictate policy to Arizona. She cited the fact that fentanyl is now the leading killer of those 18 to 45 in the U.S. and that it is pouring across the border at record levels.
Lake noted that the synthetic drug is “killing a generation of people” and she does not “think the NFL is that stupid.” She said she is running for governor to stop the cartels and would not receive “marching orders” from professional football.
Her “orders,” Lake emphasized, will come from the people of Arizona. She said that parents in the state are tired of seeing their children get their hands on “the most deadly drug this country has ever seen.”
Lake added that if the NFL “wants to play chicken over the 2023 Super Bowl,” there is no doubt that she will win.
There is precedent for possible NFL action in Arizona, which lost the 1993 Super Bowl over voters’ refusal to approve the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Citing fentanyl, Kari Lake said she is willing to shut down the NFL’s Super Bowl in order to implement her proposed Republican border policies which includes confronting migrants with armed troops.
Lake: “I don’t think the NFL is that stupid. I really don’t.” pic.twitter.com/569xIze8ki
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As for the border crisis, Lake said that as governor she “absolutely” would have the authority to declare the border crisis an invasion.
Thus far there have not been calls to remove the 2023 game from Arizona over the border, though there have been rumblings from national “faith leaders” over the state’s voting laws. Over 200 petitioned the NFL to move the game due to GOP actions concerning election security.
Sunday’s interview was supposed to be a debate, but Lake’s Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs would not agree to participate. Hobbs steadfastly claimed that a debate with Lake, a former TV journalist, would be a “circus.”