Kari Lake says First Amendment is under attack if gov. corruption and fraud can't be discussed

"Everybody better sit up and take notice because our First Amendment rights are going down the tubes right now," Lake said.
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Former Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake says that First Amendment rights are under attack, in response to the fourth indictment against former President Donald Trump. 

"Everybody better sit up and take notice because our First Amendment rights are going down the tubes right now," Lake said on the Wednesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "President Trump can't speak out and can't talk about corruption. If we the people can't talk about corruption in our own government, if we can't point out fraud where there's fraud and ask questions about the election systems in this great nation, this once great nation, then we're doomed as a country."

Trump and 18 of his allies were indicted Monday night by a Georgia grand jury for engaging in a broad conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.

The charges that Trump and the others – including Mark Meadows and Rudy Giuliani – are facing include allegedly making false statements to officials and false statements in relation to voting machines and "false electors." 

"If they can go after him for RICO and all these other people, they'll be coming after me pretty soon, because I'm calling out the fraud in the 2022 election here in Arizona," Lake said. 

Since losing to current Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs, Lake has contested the results of the 2022 election in court, arguing that thousands of Republican voters were disenfranchised on Election Day when voting machine errors occurred in at least 60% of the voting centers in Maricopa County. She also pointed out major issues with the signature verification process for mail-in ballots.

Last month, Lake filed an appeal with the Arizona Supreme Court in her election case, which alleges that at least 8,000 unreadable ballots were misconfigured.

"We watched as 60% of the polling locations in Arizona in August, in Republican areas, were non-functioning and had machines that didn't work," she said. "And they want us to sit down, take it and shut up. But that's not gonna happen. They're gonna have to lock each and every one of us up to stop us."