Stacey Abrams says former opponent is ‘architect of voter suppression’
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp a “cartoon villain” and said her former opponent from the 2018 midterm elections is an “architect of voter suppression.
In her remarks at the National Action Network Convention in New York, Abrams said that, because Kemp was the Georgia secretary of state during the race, he was “the referee, the contestant and the score keeper” for the 2018 gubernatorial election.
“I’m a good lawyer, and I understand that the law of the land said that Brian Kemp became the governor that day. And I acknowledge that,” Abrams said. “But you can’t trick me into saying it was right. And you can’t shame me into saying what happened should’ve happened because in the state of Georgia black people faced hours long lines of up to four hours waiting to cast their ballots.”
The comments come as Abrams considers entering the 2020 presidential race and amid rumors that she could be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate.
Abrams said last week she is “open to a number of options” and gave no hints Wednesday about her plans.
“While I haven’t decided what I’m running for next, our experiment proves that identity politics works,” Abrams said, referring to her 2018 campaign.
The campaign focused largely on encouraging non-voters to vote. Abrams said the purging of voter rolls, rejection of absentee ballots and closure of polling places across the state changed the outcome of the election, which Abrams lost by 1.4%.
“In response to what I believe was a stolen election — and I’m not saying they stole it from me, they stole it from the voters of Georgia. I cannot prove empirically that I would’ve won, but we will never know. And so what I demanded on November 16 was a fair fight because you see voter suppression is as old as America,” Abrams said.
Following her loss in 2018 Abrams launched Fair Fight Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of voting rights.