Proving once again that she can rise above whatever her critics and the media throw at her, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake responded with pure grace to an attack ad launched against her in which Gladys Sicknick, mother of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, blamed Lake and people like her for her son’s death.
In a vile ad paid for by the Republican Accountability PAC, Gladys falsely claims that her son “died defending our country on January 6.”
“Kari Lake is very dangerous for our country,” the grieving mother claimed, because she “continues to spread the Big Lie” about the integrity of the 2020 Presidential election.
As American Wire reported in April 2021, the medical examiner assigned to Sicknick’s autopsy found no evidence the police officer suffered any internal or external injuries during the events at the Capitol and no evidence that he suffered an allergic reaction to the chemical irritants sprayed during the pandemonium.
In other words, he died not from being hit with a fire extinguisher as the media insists on continuing to claim, but of natural causes.
Brian Sicknick died from natural causes, medical examiner rules https://t.co/VEVKbfm5n2
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 20, 2021
It’s science Sicknick’s mother and the liberal press refuse to accept, as evidenced by the outrageous attack ad.
However, when asked to comment on Gladys Sicknick’s allegations, Lake refused to hit back, and instead offered the mother her heartfelt sympathy.
A CBS reporter just asked me about the latest desperate attack ad accusing ME of causing the death of a Capitol Police Officer.
As a mother, here was my response: pic.twitter.com/dol7OEFQaw
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 2, 2022
“I’m so sorry about the death of your son,” she said to Sicknick’s mom.
“It is tragic,” she stated. “I’m a mother myself. It breaks my heart.”
“That is a wound, when you lose a child — no matter how old they are — that never heals,” Lake continued. “So I don’t want to disparage her. She doesn’t know me. I wasn’t anywhere near the Capitol on January 6th. And I understand that her son died, I think the following day, of a stroke or natural causes, and I feel for her. And I see the pain in her eyes. And I would never try to disparage or hurt her, because I know that when a mother has pain like that, there’s no way to heal that.”
Lake then expertly pivoted back to the issues affecting moms in Arizona, who have also lost sons as a result of the border crisis and the flood of fentanyl coming into the States.
“When they tell me they lost a son to fentanyl, they lost a daughter to fentanyl poisoning — this is why we are pushing so hard to secure that border and stop fentanyl from pouring across,” she said.
With poise and grace, Lake shrugged off the ad.
“I’m used to attack ads,” she stated. “I’ve had probably more money spent against me than any candidate in Arizona in attack ads.”
“But the people know me here,” she explained. “They aren’t believing what they’re seeing in the attack ads. I’ve been in their homes for 27 years.”
According to its website, the Republican Accountability PAC “is run by Republicans, former Republicans, and conservatives who are fighting back against Donald Trump’s takeover of the GOP.”
“We stand against any candidate who downplays the January 6 insurrection, lies about the 2020 election, or threatens our democracy,” the organization promises.
Christina Pushaw, Rapid Response Director for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis praised Lake for not falling for the reporter’s divisive dig.
“Perfect answer,” she told Lake on Twitter. “The CBS activist was clearly attempting to bait you into disparaging a grieving mother. It’s awesome that you saw right through it and handled this loaded question in such a classy manner.”
“IMO, this isn’t journalism…” Pushaw stated, “it’s a psy-op to divide Americans.”
Perfect answer. The CBS activist was clearly attempting to bait you into disparaging a grieving mother. It’s awesome that you saw right through it and handled this loaded question in such a classy manner. IMO, this isn’t journalism… it’s a psy-op to divide Americans.
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) November 3, 2022
Others were quick to echo Pushaw’s sentiments.
“Enjoy this woman while you have her, Arizona,” tweeted conservative host Jesse Kelly. “Cause this one’s gonna be on a presidential ticket very soon. Very soon. You can see the star power from 10,000 miles away.”
Enjoy this woman while you have her, Arizona. Cause this one’s gonna be on a presidential ticket very soon. Very soon. You can see the star power from 10,000 miles away. https://t.co/IgQMkmKRtn
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) November 3, 2022
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