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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 strategists start women-run media consulting firm Pelosi top fundraiser moves to House Democratic super PAC Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee 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 GosarMadison Cawthorn doesn't regret participating in Jan. 6 'Stop the Steal' rally Democrats look to make Marjorie Taylor Greene the face of GOP The GOP and the mainstreaming of right-wing extremism MORE (R), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.), Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingIn Marjorie Taylor Greene, a glimpse of the future House votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories LIVE COVERAGE: House debates removing Greene from committees MORE (R-Iowa) and Cernovich, among others.

Ward throughout her campaign has sought to align herself closely with President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE, even doctoring a tweet from the president to make it seem as though he endorsed her in the contentious Arizona GOP primary.