Kristina Karamo: Trump’s favorite. God fearing single mother. Threat to democracy?


Karamo sees herself as a seeker of truth who will uncover corruption and challenge anyone who stands in her way.

Critics say she is a threat to democracy and fear that, if elected as Michigan’s top election official, she could overturn the will of voters if her favored candidates do not win.

“Kristina Karamo only exists as a political figure because of the delusional fantasy about Donald Trump and the theft of the 2020 election,” said Jeff Timmer, former Michigan Republican Party Chairman who has become an outspoken critic of Republicans aligned with Trump.

“It’s not a difference of opinion. It’s a difference between reality and fantasy,” Timmer continued. “It’s a difference between the truth and a lie.”

Karamo is one of a handful of Trump-backed “America First” candidates for secretary of state nationwide. Voting supporters fear making it harder to vote, delaying certification of the results by carrying out numerous audits, or even refusing to certify the results — especially if Trump runs for re-election and loses.

Throughout his difficult campaign against incumbent Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Karamo has mostly avoided the mainstream media and is trailing in most polls.

She opened with a nearly two-hour interview with Bridge Michigan, discussing her unlikely path to the Nov. 8 ballot and her core belief that it’s something she needs to do.

“It’s a matter of voting rights,” she said. “I am not fighting for the party. I’m not some kind of Republican sycophant… I just want to fight for the people of Michigan.

She promises to bolster election security, launch a “forensic audit” of the 2020 election and improve accessibility at 131 branches that handle vehicle registrations, driver’s license renewals and more.

People ‘want to hear the other side’

Many politicians refer to themselves as foreigners, pointing to their lack of political experience as a qualification for the position. Many have money, powerful families or political influence to fall back on or support their campaigns.

Karamo has none of that. Prior to this year, she lived in obscurity, volunteering here and there for conservative causes and unsuccessfully running for Oakland County Commissioner. She spent most of her time caring for two children after separating from her ex-husband.

The experience “created a person who was much more empathetic about how people could find themselves in these situations of destitution,” she said.

She filed for divorce in Oakland County in 2014 and was awarded physical custody.

But after starting her campaign in 2021, her ex-husband, who lives in Florida, asked for more parenting time. He alleged in Oakland County court documents that she once tried to run over a car he was driving with their two children and threatened to kill them. No evidence was provided to back up the allegation, which was reported by the Jezebel website and deemed “categorically false” by Kristina Karamo.

“I’m just kind of like, ‘Oh my God, he’s doing it again,'” Karamo said. “I thought I was free from this man.”

“I don’t want to go into my private life, but when such a bad and horrible accusation is made against a person, it’s very difficult,” she said.

Her ex-husband, Adom Karamo, did not respond to Bridge’s requests for comment.

After working multiple jobs, Karamo is now a full-time candidate “using all of her savings to fund her personal life during the campaign trail,” her campaign said.

Karamo’s dual passion for public speaking and evangelism influenced his approach to candidacy. She holds a degree in communications from Oakland University and later earned a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from the University of Biola in California. The discipline is rooted in debate, intended to provide arguments in support of Christianity to skeptics.

She’s popular at conservative rallies, but she said her favorite campaign events are seeking out voters who don’t traditionally vote Republican and trying to find common ground. Karamo campaigns frequently in Detroit, a city so Democratic it has virtually no chance of winning in November.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who say they’re tired of hearing one side, they want to hear the other side,” she said. “So, being a black woman, I feel really honored to be in this position to share the conservative message that a lot of people want to hear.”

At a recent outdoor event in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood, Karamo spoke to supporters and sought debates with voters, including Detroit resident Krystyna Yepez.


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