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Trump-backed Kari Lake shared anti-Trump ‘not my president’ meme on Facebook days before 2017 inauguration

A 2017 Facebook post shows Trump-endorsed candidate Kari Lake sharing anti-Trump meme calling his January 2017 inauguration a “day of mourning and protest.”



A few days prior to the 2017 presidential election, a Donald Trump-backed Republican candidate for governor of Arizona posted on Facebook that he was “Not My President.”

The post by Kari Lake criticizing Trump said, “Will you participate in an inauguration protest? Which of these recommendations will you use, if so? Will you abstain from watching TV? Put on black? Give money to Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, or the ACLU? Embrace the #NotMyPresident hashtag? Will you stop following Trump?”

The message vanished from Kari Lake’s page after Fox News Digital asked for a response from her campaign.

Trump and Mike Pence, Trump’s former vice president, are facing off in a contentious GOP primary for Lake’s nomination. Pence endorsed Lake’s leading primary rival, Karrin Taylor Robson.


In the Arizona GOP governor’s primary, Pence backs a rival to the candidate supported by Donald Trump.

A meme that appeared to have been given to Lake by one of her Facebook followers accompanied the Facebook post. Trump’s inauguration day was referred to in the meme as a “National Day of Mourning and Protest.”

Lake has stated her opinion that the 2020 presidential election will be “taken” from the outgoing leader.

DUCEY Supports Rival to Trump-Endorsed Candidate in Arizona Primary


Former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Karrin Taylor Robson, Lake’s primary rival, on Monday, saying that she “is the only candidate for governor that will keep Arizona’s border secure and streets safe, empower parents and create great schools, and promote conservative values” as Arizona Democrats pursue the reckless Biden-Harris agenda.

Recent endorsements for Robson for the position have also come from the incumbent Republican governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, who faces a term restriction this election.

Democratic candidates have also entered the Republican primary. In an email this week, the Arizona Democratic Party thanked Robson for her support of the party over the years and for helping Democrats win elections. According to Robson’s campaign, who believes Lake would be the less strong candidate in the general election, the Democratic involvement was seen as an apparent attempt to sway voters to support Lake.

Trump and Pence are expected to speak at opposing events in Arizona this Friday in support of the candidates they have endorsed.


Katie Hobbs, the secretary of state for Arizona, is one of the Democratic candidates hoping to win a spot in the November midterm elections.

Paul Steinhauser from Fox News contributed to this story.