Failed 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams did an “interview” with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that was, like most interviews she’s done, designed to beef up her alleged vice presidential qualifications at a critical time when Joe Biden’s VP “selection” committee are helping him decide who his running mate will be.
During the segment, Amanpour twice mentioned the fact that Abrams was “pitching” herself as the most viable option for Biden to pick, talking about how she was out there “auditioning” for the position and showing her “resume” because of what she (Abrams) “feels” is her “right as a black woman” to put herself out there as a contender.
Abrams’ answer to Amanpour’s set-up question will arguably go down in history as one of the most laughable whoppers ever told by a Democrat. Read it in full below, and then watch the video of her actually making the claim with a straight face:
“And I want to push back. I haven’t been pitching myself, which has been a mischaracterization, I think, because I answer questions honestly. I’ve been getting this question for 14 months, since March of 2019. I’ve repeatedly received the question, and I’m honored that people would put me into the category and think that that was a question to ask.
My responsibility is not to question what journalists think is a valid question, but to answer for the audience that they’re speaking to. And as a woman, as a person of color, as a woman of color, it is my responsibility to answer honestly and forthrightly. And if the question is about whether I am competent and qualified for the job, my answer must be unequivocal, because I’m not simply speaking for myself. I’m also speaking to that young woman of color who is thinking about what is in her future. And if I deny her, and deny myself, then I’m doing a disservice to women, to communities of color, and to any disadvantaged community that does not see themselves as the face of leadership.”
Watch Abrams spin her fake “I’m doing it for the next generation” altruism below:
.@staceyabrams on being a potential Biden VP pick: “I haven’t been pitching myself… [But] my answer must be unequivocal, because I’m not simply speaking for myself. I’m also speaking to that young woman of color who is thinking about what is in her future.” pic.twitter.com/UBmbl4fE54
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) May 6, 2020
That Abrams is lying here about her ambitions is obvious. Because the questions have typically not been along the lines of “are you qualified?” I mean, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King has already declared her as “extremely qualified.” What she’s typically asked is what she would bring to the ticket.
Not only that, but as RedState’s Joe Cunningham noted recently, Abrams has been selling herself in interviews every chance she gets. The media have also aided in her efforts by plumping her pillow all along the way.
Along with that, Politico reported just last week that Abrams “has been privately calling Democratic power brokers, asking them to tell Biden campaign officials that she should be vice president” according to people they spoke with who had knowledge of the discussions.
Before that, Abrams put the pressure on Biden indirectly by expressing a “concern” that he might not pick a black woman as his running mate.
Furthermore, they stated, “her public campaigning for the job seems more like a hostage negotiation than an actual attempt to get the job.”
So what Abrams is trying to do here is to save face in the event she isn’t picked (even though she really, really wants to be). “I’m not pitching myself, I’m standing up for future generations, yada yada” is the new selfless strategy she’s presenting, a hilarious revision of history.
And her answer about how she would be “doing a disservice to women” if she didn’t sell her alleged bonafides? It’s nonsense. She did a disservice to women the moment she flip-flopped on “Believe All Women” when it became inconvenient to her political ambitions.
Don’t go away mad, Stacey Abrams. Just go away.