Cristina Karamo, the donald trump-passed republican candidate for Michigan’s secretary of state, has made ludicrous claims about abortion and demon possession, according to clips from a 2020 podcast episode discovered by CNN’s KFILE.
“Abortion is really nothing new. Child sacrifice is a very satanic practice, and that is precisely abortion. And we have to see it as such,” Karamo, a community college teacher, said in a October 2020 episode of his podcast.
He also called abortion “the greatest crime in the history of our nation.”
In another episode of the podcast, in September 2020, he said that “demon possession is real” and can be transmitted by “having intimate relationships with people who are possessed or oppressed by demons.”
Karamo’s embrace of conspiracy theories, including Trump’s lies about the 2020 election and false claims that left-wing anarchists were behind the January 6, 2021 insurrection, earned him the endorsement of the former president on last year.
She calls herself a “proud Christian patriot” who is running for Michigan secretary of state to “fight to make sure elections are decided by legal votes.”
CNN’s KFILE previously informed about other disturbing comments made by Karamo in the past, including attacks on the LGBTQ community and premarital sex. She called herself “anti-vaccine” even before the COVID-19 pandemic and once claimed that transgender women trying to play female sports were equivalent to “mentally ill adults dressing up.”
Michigan does not hold primary elections for a number of negative electoral contests, including secretary of state. Instead, parties endorse and nominate candidates for general elections at party conventions. Karamo will face Democratic incumbent Jocelyn Benson in the November election.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.