The true election denier is not Donald Trump, it’s Stacey Abrams.
The Georgia gubernatorial Democrat candidate claimed to CNN that she “never denied” the outcome of the 2018 race she lost to current Governor Brian Kemp (R).
Appearing on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” Monday, Abrams spoke about a federal judge rejecting the lawsuit brought by her organization Fair Fight Action which challenged Georgia’s election practices. Burnett asked the gubernatorial hopeful if this loss would lead to her acknowledging Kemp’s victory after she refused to concede four years ago.
“I acknowledged that I was not the governor,” Abrams replied, pointing to the beginning of her post-election speech. “What I said is that the process denied access to too many voters.”
Abrams added that she has “never denied the outcome,” but that she has “always questioned the process and the access.”
“Outcome is about who wins,” she continued, “and no one is entitled to victory, not even myself. I’ve never been unclear about the fact that I did not win the race.”
Abrams must have conveniently forgotten the truth to her claims. The Georgia politician not only denied the election repeatedly but also went as far as to claim the election was “stolen” from her.
According to Post Millenial, Abrams has reiterated false claims that she actually won the 2018 race for years but now that she’s on the ballot once again she’s attempting to squash the narrative that she is an election denier.
“This is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper,” she said at the time.
In the months that followed, Abrams remained steadfast that the election was “not free and fair,” on numerous occasions suggesting that she had actually won.
“I did win my election, I just didn’t get to have the job,” she told Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson.
Speaking in London in 2019, Abrams stated that Kemp “got to be the contestant, the referee and the scorekeeper — and shockingly, he won, or at least that’s what he tells us.”
“I know in my heart of hearts, we won,” she added, a statement she echoed at the National Action Network convention later that year. During that same convention, she even went so far as to suggest that the election had been “stolen.”
Prominent Democrats, including Abrams, have attacked former President Donald Trump for his own claims the 2020 presidential election was rigged to help Democrats but so far Abrams has largely gone unscathed for her dangerous rhetoric.
Abrams is facing off against Brian Kemp in November’s gubernatorial race.
Many prognosticators, such as RealClearPolitics, have predicted a highly competitive race as Abrams desperately attempts to clench the office which has long alluded her but Gov. Kemp remains in the lead.
The most recent FOX News poll reported Governor Kemp with a seven-point lead over the Democrat challenger.
On Wednesday, Governor Kemp responded to Abrams’ ongoing election claims in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Stacey Abrams lost her bid to become Georgia’s governor in 2018. Almost overnight she devoted herself to peddling the fiction that her defeat was the result of voter suppression. She peddled it in talk-show appearances, interviews and magazine articles and on glitzy book tours. Ms. Abrams created a false narrative that much of her target audience was willing to accept and echo over the past four years.
After a four-year legal battle costing Georgia taxpayers more than $6 million, Fair Fight and its fellow plaintiffs were slapped down by a federal court last week. In a Sept. 30 decision, U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones rejected all of Fair Fight’s claims about the 2018 elections. These included accusations that Georgia’s voter-list maintenance, citizenship verification and absentee-ballot cancellation processes were discriminatory. Among Fair Fight’s allegations were that the state violated voters’ rights under the First, 14th and 15th amendments and under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Judge Jones, an Obama appointee, had previously dismissed Fair Fight’s claims regarding long lines at polling places and precinct closures, as well as its unsupported claims that thousands of voters were unlawfully “purged” from the voter rolls.