Glenn Youngkin Sparks Backlash For Political Alliance With MAGA Supporter Kari Lake

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has received criticism from politicians and the liberal media for his endorsement of Kari Lake, the Republican nominee in the Arizona governor race.

The backlash hinges on his public support for both MAGA candidates and more middle-leaning Republicans.

The Virginia governor has been traveling around the U.S. in what some are viewing as a test of his 2024 presidential chances. As part of the tour, he stopped in Georgia to show support for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp famously resisted pressure from former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.

Next month, however, Youngkin will travel to Arizona to hold political and fundraising events for Lake, who has fully supported Trump’s claims of election fraud. Of the political candidates endorsed by Youngkin, Lake is viewed as the most MAGA-leaning.

The apparent contradiction raised the eyebrows of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a staunch critic of Trump’s claims of a stolen election. She spoke at a political festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend, commending Youngkin for his work as governor, but criticizing him for supporting Lake.

“Partisanship has to have a limit,” she told the crowd. “There’s got to be an end.”

Jim Click, an Arizona Republican mega-donor, reportedly played a critical role in persuading Youngkin to endorse Lake. Click said he personally interviewed her in front of a group of Arizona Republicans, and the group left feeling confident that she was a good candidate.

“We were very impressed,” stated Click. “I think she’s going to do very well, I think she’s going to help us down-ballot.”

In regards to Youngkin, Click called him a “good candidate” for president, before adding that it was too early to decide who he would support in 2024.

DeSantis, another 2024 presidential hopeful, went to Arizona last month to campaign on behalf of Lake.