Kari Lake: Woke NFL Will Not Dictate Border Policy

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake declared that the woke NFL will not dictate how she handles the border crisis, should she win her election in November.

During a lengthy TV interview covering a wide range of topics, Lake was asked whether she would back down from declaring an invasion at the U.S.-Mexico border if the NFL threatened to pull the 2023 Super Bowl from Arizona.

In response, the Republican candidate asserted that she would not allow woke football teams “owned by billionaires” to influence her policy decisions — citing the fentanyl crisis plaguing the country, as the drug is pouring across the southern border.

“Do you want to tell me that a bunch of football teams owned by billionaires are okay with fentanyl pouring across our border at a record level, killing our young people?” Lake asked. “The number one killer right now is fentanyl. 18 to 45. It’s killing a generation of people. If the NFL is okay with that, then they gotta do some soul-searching. I don’t think the NFL is that stupid. I really don’t.”

“We want to make sure that we’re stopping the cartels. The people of Arizona is who I work for, and that’s why I’m here with you today,” she continued.

Lake went on to describe the serious damage that fentanyl has caused throughout the U.S., and declared that she follows the will of her constituents, not the NFL.

“I’m not going to be taking marching orders from the NFL,” she said. “I’m going to be taking marching orders from the people of Arizona who are tired of their children getting their hands on the most deadly drug this country has ever seen.”

The NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl out of Tempe, Arizona — instead choosing to hold the game in Pasadena, California. The move was a protest over Arizona’s refusal to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

More recently, Major League Baseball decided to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia in 2021 over the league’s objections to election integrity measures — including voter ID laws and limits on ballot drop boxes — that critics on the left claimed were too restrictive.

The Independent reports that “more than 200 faith leaders” are calling for the NFL to move the 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona over the state’s “restrictive voting laws and attempts among Republican state legislators to overturn election results and consolidate power.”