White nationalist Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers has become an issue in Arizona's 2022 gubernatorial race after the Trump-endorsed legislator was censured by the state Senate.
"Republican and Democratic state senators joined together Tuesday in a historic vote to censure Sen. Wendy Rogers following violent and discriminatory comments she made to a white nationalist conference and on social media attacking the president of Ukraine," The Arizona Republic reported. "It was the first time in three decades senators publicly censured one of their own members, and the move was applauded by Gov. Doug Ducey — who just days ago was criticized for his support of Rogers."
Rogers is now becoming an issue in the race to succeed Ducey, who is prevented from running due to term limits.
On Tuesday, Stacey Barchenger of The Republic noted Lake has not commented on the censure of one of her most prominent supporters.
I endorse @KariLake for governor of Arizona. I sent her a list of bills I proposed that will help secure our border, crack down on Antifa, restore our elections, cut taxes, protect our guns, take care of our veterans, protect our history, & protect life. Her response was (1/3)pic.twitter.com/qkspCGdnDz— Wendy Rogers (@Wendy Rogers) 1642629996
Barchenger noted "Lake, the former Fox 10 news anchor and GOP frontrunner, welcomed Rogers' endorsement of her campaign in January, calling Rogers a fighter for 'going against the woke political left and their media activists constantly trying to take her down.'"
Following her censure, Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers (R) is comparing herself to Jesus.pic.twitter.com/Wval4Uf7JD— Eric Hananoki (@Eric Hananoki) 1646235941
Trump described Rogers as a "MAGA warrior" when he endorsed her and said Lake, "will do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey—won’t even be a contest!"
"Lake's campaign did not respond to questions about whether the censure of Rogers was appropriate, nor has she condemned Rogers' statements," the newspaper noted. "Democratic candidates for governor directly condemned Rogers' words and called on Republican leaders to do the same."
While Lake did not respond to questions about Rogers, she has not distanced herself from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who spoke at the same Nick Fuentes' white nationalist America First Political Action Conference in Florida.
Speaker Alert I\u2019m so honored to be joined by Congressman Paul Gosar at our Rodeo Rally! @DrPaulGosar is a true America First Patriot and a relentless fighter for our freedoms. \n\nYou don\u2019t want to miss this! Visit http://KariLake.com/rodeo\u00a0 for tickets!pic.twitter.com/GVdt3yYfGE— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@Kari Lake for AZ Governor) 1646157848