Political newcomer Kristina Karamo of Oak Park, this year’s presumptive Republican nominee for secretary of state, described abortion two years ago as “child sacrifice…a very satanic practice.”
The self-proclaimed “proud Christian patriot” has voiced that inflammatory language and other extreme views in two 2020 podcasts that are garnering CNN coverage as she awaits an official nomination next month to oppose incumbent Jocelyn Benson. Karamo, a 37-year-old community college instructor, was endorsed by party delegates at a convention in April and earlier by Donald Trump.
CNN Editor-in-Chief Andrew Kaczynski listened to a 59-minute episode titled “Life is so beautifuland others the mother-of-two has recorded in a series of podcasts about politics, culture and theology.
“Abortion is really nothing new,” she said in October 2020. “Child sacrifice is a very satanic practice, and that’s precisely what abortion is. And we have to see it as such.”
“When people in other cultures, when they engage in child sacrifice, they didn’t just sacrifice the child for the bloodbath,” Karamo said later in the episode. “They sacrificed the child because they hoped for prosperity and that is precisely why people are having abortions now.
“‘Because I’m not ready, I don’t want to have a baby. I don’t want to. I don’t have time. I want to make more money. I want my freedom.’ So you sacrifice this child in the hope of gaining something from his death, that is to say your freedom, your happiness, your prosperity.”
The cable network describes Karamo as “a devout Christian conservative who served on the board of directors of Michigan’s Right to Life organization and the board of directors of an affiliated anti-abortion pregnancy crisis center in Detroit.” (This center is Stanton Detroit.)
Karamo frequently attacks those she disagrees with as being instruments of Satan or “demonic”, including the Democratic Party and the LGBTQ community.
On July 31, 2020, at the beginnings of a 50-episode series titled “It’s Solid Food,” according to CNN, Karamo linked abortions in the present day to a practice “thousands of years [ago that was] just packaged differently. … [People] sacrificed them to these deities, who were actually demons.”
She is also quoted as saying this two months later September 4:
“I know this is going to sound really crazy…but having intimate relationships with people who are demonically possessed or oppressed – I strongly believe that a person opens up to possession. Demonic possession is real.”
“Karamo and his campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment,” CNN notes in Monday’s report.
She was a prolific podcaster from July 2020 to February 2021, clocking in over four dozen episodes in seven months — sometimes twice a day. Slices last 24 to 72 minutes each, most of them around an hour.
Karamo explains why she called the series “It’s solid food:”
Milk is for babies! Solid foods, the facts of reality, are difficult to accept and digest.
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