With all of the hubbub that Democrats and corporate media have made over “the big lie” and Republicans raising concerns over election integrity, the left has had to navigate the reality that they have vociferously said the same in the past.
So, rather than perform the Olympic-level mental gymnastics it would take to justify her past claims, Stacey Abrams opted for outright denial.
Monday, during the second night of the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series presented by the Atlanta Press Club, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) was joined by his gubernatorial challengers Abrams and Libertarian Shane Hazel from Georgia Public Broadcasting. There, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives was challenged directly on her refusal to concede her 2018 loss to then-Secretary of State Kemp.
“Ms. Abrams, in 2018 you didn’t concede to Gov. Kemp and you talked to systemic problems with the state’s election system,” Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution began. “This election do you commit to accept the outcome of the vote, regardless of what it shows, and do you stand by your use of words like ‘rigged’ four years ago to describe the state’s election system?”
“In 2018, I began my speech on November 16 acknowledging that Governor Kemp had won the election,” Abrams claimed with a straight face before adding, “I then proceeded to lay out, in great detail, the challenges faced by voters under his leadership as secretary of state.”
“As governor, I intend to stand up for the right to vote. I will always acknowledge the outcome of elections but I will never deny access to every voter,” she continued.
However, Abrams’s record of using phrases like, “I did win my election,” “This is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper–and I will not concede,” and flat out, “I refuse to concede,” have been well-documented.
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Along with those repeated claims, the candidate had undergone a near four-year legal challenge after her 2018 loss that claimed Georgia’s election laws had violated the Constitution and the Voter Registration Act (VRA) and Kemp had discriminated against minority voters through his oversight of the election system.
Obama judge hands Stacey Abrams a loss in voting rights lawsuit filed after she refused to concede https://t.co/OdsNGkxI4K
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Abrams lost that lawsuit with U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones, appointed by former President Barack Obama, ruling in part, “Although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the VRA.”
“Having held a non-jury trial and considered the evidence and arguments of the parties, for the foregoing reasons,” Jones concluded, “the Court finds IN FAVOR of Defendants and against Plaintiffs.”
Kemp also defended the record of his 2018 victory over the Democrat as he replied to her statement and said, “Ms. Abrams is going to do a lot of attacking of my record tonight because she doesn’t want to talk about her own record.”
“In 2018, in the governor’s race, we had the largest African American turnout in the country. She said that Senate Bill 202, our recent elections integrity act we passed two years ago, would be suppressive and ‘Jim Crow 2.0,” he continued, adding, “Just this past May in our primaries we again had record turnout–in the Republican primary and the Democratic primary. In Georgia, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
I guess if Stacy lies enough she thinks people will suddenly start believing her?
— Dan Dennison (@dandennison84) October 18, 2022
Lady we can see you!
— Gilgamesh 🌬⚖ 👑👽🤫 (@Revelation67) October 18, 2022
Lol does she know the internet exist?
— Derek (@Ewechief) October 18, 2022
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