Sarah Stephens is running for governor of California in the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. As a Republican she is pro-life and advocates for lowering taxes, but she has also endorsed far-right conspiracy theories such as the rigging of the 2020 presidential election and that the COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous.
Stephens participated in the Trump riot on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles and proudly posted about the protest in her Instagram page. Since then she has given voice to Trump’s conspiracy theory that the election was rigged by Dominion voting machines.
“Dominion voting machines were brought in from another country,” Stephens said at the freedom rally in Huntington Beach on May 15. “The country that they came from had rigged elections. So the question is: why would we bring in a system from an outside country when our system was already working?”
USA Today and Reuters have proven that Dominion systems were not used in foreign countries. Despite the evidence, the Republican candidate continues to voice disproven information and has drawn support from far-right voters.
Kennedy Lindsay with the 45th News Brigade has supported Stephens at an anti-vaccine rally in Los Angeles and at the freedom rally in Huntington Beach.
“The vaccinations are unconstitutional, they’re killing people and babies,” said Lindsay on Stephen’s Instagram.
As Stephens walked away, Lindsay shouted after her, “I love you.”
NPR has proven based on CDC data that there is no link between the vaccine and death.
The candidate has also opposed Newsom’s lockdown during the pandemic.
“We’ve had 20 thousand businesses close, 20 thousand temporarily closed, 1.5 million people have lost their jobs and it’s time for us to save our state,” Sanders said.
Newsom implemented the lockdown to slow the spread of the virus. According to a Deadline report the number of positive COVID-19 cases dropped for five consecutive days after the lockdown’s implementation.
When her name is searched online, it instead shows the profile of Australian model Sarah Elizabeth Stephens.
While the LA Times has found that there is little support for the recall, Sarah Stephens continues to fight to win office despite having no experience serving in public office. Stephens also continues to advocate for anti-mask and anti-vaccine demonstrations.