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US governor hopeful Kari Lake calls 60 Minutes journalist Liam Bartlett a joke

A Donald Trump endorses US political candidate who walked out of a furious interview with an Australian reporter claiming Australia has ‘no liberties’.

Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, agreed to sit down with 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett, but talks stalled almost immediately.

Mr. Bartlett asked Ms. Lake for her opinion on the January 6, 2021 Capitol building riots, called a rebellion by some, in which hoardings of Trump supporters stormed a Washington DC landmark after losing the election.

‘Well, it really has nothing to do with being the governor of Arizona. I was not there,’ she replied.

Mr Bartlett said he made it very relevant as a Republican candidate and pointed out that ‘Your Man Donald’ had lied despite not being able to produce a single evidence of the US election result.

The phrase seemed infuriating to the former Fox News host.

The Republican nominee for Arizona governor Kari Lake (pictured) pulled out of an interview after an Australian reporter immediately disliked it

Liam Bartlett from 60 Minutes was called a 'nut' by Ms Lake at the end of the interview

Liam Bartlett from 60 Minutes was called a ‘nut’ by Ms Lake at the end of the interview

‘Why did you say that, sir?’ She challenged Mr Bartlett, who backtracked, saying he was personally endorsed by him and still considered some of the Republican leaders.

‘I’m still amazed that you say that. It’s just so outrageous… it’s just laid-back attitude. It’s just, it’s obvious you’re trying to twist it to make me look bad.’

‘Donald Trump has told the accusers’ [over the Capitol Riots] should be forgiven. Do you agree with this?’ Mr Bartlett asked.

786 people have been arrested and charged with crimes since the riots, with The Guardian’s analysis showing that 70 percent were released on bail, a typical rate of 25 percent for federal defendants. was much more than

At least five people were killed and 140 police officers injured in the storming of the Capitol and near the White House after a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters.

Trump was impeached for a historic second time by the House after the Capitol riots and was charged with inciting rebellion but was acquitted by the Senate.

Ms. Lake said: ‘People being jailed without charge, it’s un-American.

Trump supporters meet police as they try to break down a police barrier (pictured) in front of the Capitol Building, a symbol of American democracy, in Washington on January 6.

Trump supporters meet police as they try to break down a police barrier (pictured) in front of the Capitol Building, a symbol of American democracy, in Washington on January 6.

Over 700 people have been indicted in the Capitol riots and most have been released

Over 700 people have been indicted in the Capitol riots and most have been released

‘Maybe they get away with it in Australia because you’ve given up your rights. You guys have no freedom, you melted all your guns.’

‘We do things differently here in America, we have something called the Constitution and we have rights.’

‘I’m sorry for the people of Australia right now, what we’ve seen is happening where you have detention camps for people with covid… these quarantine camps are the most horrifying thing a government can do.’

Ms Bartlett was referring to Australia’s gun tightening, which was introduced to Australia after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, which killed 35 and injured 23 others. A person must have a firearm license to own or use a firearm.

It also referred to Australia’s hotel quarantine, a system throughout 2020 and 2021 in which unused luxury city hotels were used to ferry passengers flying into the country for a two-week quarantine due to the COVID pandemic.

Howard Springs in the Northern Territory and similar facilities were used in which those in quarantine got their cabins and were not confined indoors.

Ms. Bartlett attempted to explain some of this, but Ms. Lake didn’t have it and she dropped out of the interview.

‘Liam, it was a pleasure that I was leaving. It has just become comical.

‘You make some really crazy journalists and the people at CNN look almost respectable so thank you sir.’

He then continued to spray on a colleague in the room with him as the video interview ended.

‘We’re done. That guy is a complete lunatic, seriously, a complete lunatic. Do people listen to him in Australia? It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced,’ he told a colleague.

Ms. Lake is among the most vocal Trump supporters of the new Republican candidates.

Ms Lake (pictured) said Australians had 'no liberties' and hotel quarantine was 'one of the most terrifying things the government could do'

Ms Lake (pictured) said Australians had ‘no liberties’ and hotel quarantine was ‘one of the most terrifying things the government could do’

‘I think he’ [Trump] One of the best and I think he will be back. I think he will win in 2024 with a vengeance,’ he said earlier at an Arizona rally.

But Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has sparked new tensions in the Republican Party and raised questions about Trump’s seemingly friendly approach to Putin.

Before Russian forces’ attack on Ukraine on February 24, some Republicans felt comfortable echoing former President Trump’s admiration for the Russian dictator as a strong leader, while denouncing US policy towards Moscow.

Even after the invasion, two Trump aides in the House – Marjorie Taylor Green and Paul Goser – attended a white nationalist convention, with participants applauding Russia’s move on Ukraine and chanting Putin’s name.

Infighting over Putin and Ukraine has exacerbated existing divisions within the party formed over false claims of Trump’s 2020 election fraud and a House investigation into the Capitol riots by supporters of the former president.

Trump himself was widely criticized for describing Putin’s actions towards Ukraine as “talented” and “pretty knowledgeable” in an interview on February 22.

Some Republicans want to see Trump (pictured) take another run for presidency in 2024

Some Republicans want to see Trump (pictured) take another run for presidency in 2024

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