Lizer has frequently attempted to tie his conservative vision of limited government to issues facing Indian Country. He spoke at the Republican National Convention back in 2020 as he supported then-president Donald Trump’s failed bid for re-election. “You see, our people have never been invited into the ‘American Dream,'” Lizer said in a video taped on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation. “For years we’ve fought congressional battles with past congressmen and senators that were part of a broken system that ignored us.” More recently, Lizer welcomed the so-called “People’s Convoy,” a group of truckers that opposes COVID-19 safeguards, to the largest reservation in the United States. He drew criticism for supporting the goals of the ongoing protest even as the Navajo Nation continues to maintain a mask mandate and takes other measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. “The people are rising up,” Lizer said from the Arizona portion of the reservation last Friday.
🚨 I’m announcing my candidacy in running for the newly redrawn U.S Congressional District 2 seat of Arizona. I pray that you will join me, as I pursue this journey of becoming a Representative on the Hill, in Washington DC. May God bless you, from my family to yours. Ahé’hee 🚨 pic.twitter.com/g6DnnOUSms— Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer (@NNVP_Lizer) March 1, 2022
The tribe was hit early by COVID-19, and has suffered disproportionately throughout the pandemic. But attendees of the People’s Convoy stop on the reservation went without masks. The Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President did not return a request for comment on whether it had approved of the event attended by Lizer. During his remarks, Lizer reminded the crowd about his past support for Trump, who only served one term in office as president of the United States. Using Christian religious themes, he repeated some of messages he delivered at the GOP conference. “We love you and miss you,” Lizer said of Trump. The 2nd Congressional District of Arizona includes portions of the Navajo Nation, where Lizer has served as vice president since January 2019. The boundaries were recently redrawn by Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, an official state body, and it now leans more Republican, according to an analysis in Roll Call, a publication that focuses on the U.S. Congress.
"I'm here to welcome you": Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer welcomed the "People's Convoy" to the largest reservation in the US on the morning of February 25, 2022.— indianz.com (@indianz) February 25, 2022
"The people are rising up," @NNVP_Lizer said of #PeoplesConvoy, which opposes #COVID19 safeguards. pic.twitter.com/nEOVgSbwUO
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