Kari Lake wants to revoke my ‘good American’ card. Yours too, probably

Opinion: Didn’t know there was such a thing? There isn’t. But her ongoing attacks on John McCain show how debunked conspiracies and hateful rhetoric are easily accessed weapons in Lake’s kit bag.

By EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

I had no idea that citizens of our great country – even we humble journalists – could achieve the official rank of “good Americans,” or which department in the federal bureaucracy was tasked with bestowing such a lofty designation.

Or, worst of all, I was unaware that my particular “good American” status was in danger of being revoked.

For this new information I would thank Kari Lake, former news reader and Republican candidate for Arizona governor.

During a recent video rant concerning the Big Lie, in which Lake spouted, again, the debunked election fraud conspiracy theory, she said, “So, the people who are covering up this stolen election, I mean, I’m appalled by them. They should lose their status as good Americans, because they are not good Americans if they are involved in that.

“That goes for the journalists out there, I call them propagandists now, these propagandists who refuse to cover what is happening in this election are going to try to bury this republic and bring it down, and we the people will not allow that to happen.”

What, exactly, is ‘good American status’?

It is a lot to unpack.

For instance, how are we “propagandists” attempting to bury this republic and bring it down? Does she mean physically? Professionally? Grammatically? (Perhaps by pointing out that the “bringing down” part of Lake’s metaphor should come before the “burying” part.)


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