Arizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist

Arizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist
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Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward (R) is defending her upcoming bus tour with, among others, far-right activist Mike Cernovich, a well-known provocateur associated with the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory.  

When MSNBC host Kasie Hunt pressed Ward over Cernovich's controversial views on Sunday night, the Senate hopeful said she doesn't know much about them. 

"I don't really know what Mike Cernovich's views are," Ward said. "I know he's got an audience and I want to serve everyone."

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"I want to serve Republicans, I want to serve conservatives, I want to serve independents, I want to serve people who aren’t political at all and I want to serve those Democrats who are rejecting the radical left," she continued.

Cernovich spent months peddling the debunked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, which falsely alleges high-ranking Democratic officials, including former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE, are involved in a pedophilia ring. The theory culminated with a man entering a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., and firing a military-style assault rifle

"Mike Cernovich has been associated with the Pizzagate theory that led to shots being fired at Comet Pizza here in Washington," Hunt said. "Do you believe what has been said about Hillary Clinton and pizza and all this nonsense that has been on the internet?"

Ward declined to deny the false conspiracy theory. 

"All I know about Hillary Clinton is that she would have been a terrible president," Ward said. 

Ward will embark on the "Road to Victory" bus tour next week alongside Arizona Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP lawmaker's siblings endorse Dem opponent: 'Difficult to see my brother as anything but a racist' Overnight Energy: Navajo coal plant to close | NC dam breach raises pollution fears | House panel to examine endangered species bills Push to change wildlife act sparks lobbying blitz MORE (R), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (R-Ky.), Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWarren calls out GOP congressman for 'white supremacist propaganda,' encourages donations to his opponent GOP lawmaker accuses black students of supporting 'George Wallace's segregation' The stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms MORE (R-Iowa) and Cernovich, among others.

Ward throughout her campaign has sought to align herself closely with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE, even doctoring a tweet from the president to make it seem as though he endorsed her in the contentious Arizona GOP primary.