It’s been seven months since Democrat Stacey Abrams lost the Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp fair and square. She has spent her every waking moment since deliberately undermining the election results, trying to convince voters she actually won, and that the election was “stolen.”
As she’s done this, the mainstream media – who are quick to use the “without evidence” tag for any claim Republicans make – have spent little to no time fact checking her claims. In fact, major news outlets like the New York Times have elevated her profile in puff pieces and op/eds.
Democrats, in turn, have taken to promoting these untruths about a “stolen election”, so much so to the point that it’s become a rite of passage of sorts for 2020 presidential candidates to “kiss the Abrams ring.”
Her latest comments on the gubernatorial election, however, are far worse and even more delusional than what she’s said previously.
CNN political Eric Bradner tweeted this Thursday:
Stacey Abrams at the DNC gala: "You don’t have the right to vote in the state of Georgia. We have the opportunity to possibly think about maybe being able to participate in the right to vote in the state of Georgia. … We don’t know the truth because there wasn’t a fair fight."
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) June 7, 2019
As I’ve said before, you’d think there would be some Democrats who would be willing to stage an intervention with Abrams at this point, but they, too, are busy out there perpetuating the myth that the Georgia governor’s race was “stolen.”
Abrams has been fact checked a number of times on her repeated claims, including by Rich Lowry:
They say Kemp’s confessed his true, untoward feelings about voting when he expressed “concern” about Abrams pushing absentee voting.
But the full quote from Kemp speaking at a GOP event is: “They have just an unprecedented number of [absentee ballot requests], which is something that continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote — which they absolutely can — and mail those ballots in, we gotta have heavy turnout to offset that.”
They allege that Kemp shut down polling places. It’s true, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that 214 precincts have closed in Georgia since 2012. It’s just not the handiwork of Brian Kemp.
Counties make the decisions about whether or not to shutter polling places. It’s usually cash-strapped rural areas that consolidate precincts to eliminate underutilized polling places and locations that don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
When a controversy exploded over a proposal to close seven of nine precincts in tiny majority-black Randolph County, Kemp came out publicly and opposed the plan. (As it happens, Randolph voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but Trump won five of the seven precincts slated for closure.)
As Hot Air‘s Karen Townsend notes, Abrams’s comments do more to divide Americans than unite them::
Abrams is riding her message of victimhood for as long as she can. To this day she claims if it were not for voter suppression she would be the Governor of Georgia. It’s madness and it is the same kind of sore loser behavior exhibited by Hillary and her continued claims that she lost the presidential election due to Russian collusion. Both narratives are just plain wrong and do nothing but divide Americans.
Not only that, but Abrams may find that insisting on telling people their votes don’t count may have the opposite effect of motivating them to go to the polls. It could depress them enough to stay home come election time.
Wouldn’t that be ironic?
—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–