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 ClintonDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden 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 GosarArizona Rep. Paul Gosar wins GOP primary  Trade negotiations mustn't short-circuit domestic debate House Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks MORE (R), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.), Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden builds big lead in battleground Florida Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary Colorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset MORE (R-Iowa) and Cernovich, among others.

Ward throughout her campaign has sought to align herself closely with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE, even doctoring a tweet from the president to make it seem as though he endorsed her in the contentious Arizona GOP primary.