Even leftist media concerned about what Stacey Abrams’ wealth means for Americans

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Democrat politician Stacey Abrams has “earned” so much money since her first failed attempt in 2018 at becoming Georgia’s governor that even left-wing outlets like The Daily Beast are now raising concerns.

“In the four short years since her failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial bid, Abrams went from a net worth of $109,000 to $3.17 million, according to state disclosures. For some people, losing an election is a crushing blow. For Abrams, it was a goldmine,” The Daily Beast senior columnist Matt Lewis notes in a piece published Friday.

To be fair, he continues, she earned the bulk of her money “from paid speeches, investments, book deals, her role as executive director of the Southern Economic Advancement Project, and her role on the board of Heliogen—a California company whose aim is ‘replacing fossil fuels with concentrated sunlight.'”

So it’s not like she earned it by making shady deals with China.

Not that this is an excuse.

“Even if politicians aren’t accumulating outsized wealth by dubious means (like insider trading), the data confirm the nagging suspicion that the game is systemically rigged, and that politicians are out of touch with normal people,” Lewis adds.

The problem, he continues, is that Abrams, like so many other Democrats, is now part of the wealthy elite, although she pretends otherwise.

“Abrams’ newfound wealth is representative of the growing income gap between politicians and normies. This gap is statistically demonstrable. Something like 8 percent of American adults are millionaires, while members of Congress weigh in at about 50 percent. To anyone paying attention, this discrepancy is too large to be written off as mere coincidence,” he writes.

“This trend has worsened in recent decades. According to a 2011 article in The Washington Post, as recently as 1975 ‘it wasn’t nearly so unusual for a person with few assets besides a home to win and serve in Congress.’ … Today, things are quite different. Between 1984 and 2009, the median wealth of a House member ‘more than doubled,’ while ‘the wealth of the average American family declined.'”

And remember, Abrams isn’t even in office. She merely ran for office and then, after losing, earned massive recognition by convincing other Democrats that she and other 2018 election losers were victims of racism.

The irony is that everything Democrats say about themselves — namely that they’re champions of the oppressed, poor and marginalized — is belied by their wealth and their lifestyles.

“Progressives are stereotypically known for attacking the rich and wanting to lower income inequality; so when they are able to parlay their political celebrity into millions of bucks, the accusations of them being hypocritical limousine liberals gain greater legitimacy,” Lewis notes.

“Fair or not, you know the stereotype. They fly private jets to climate summits, are chauffeured to work in gas-guzzling SUVs, and want to ‘reallocate resources’ away from the police (while paying for their own private security). When it comes to identifying with the working class—a cohort that has trended Republican in recent years—these folks can come across as out of touch,” he added.

Take, for instance, all the supposed climate change activists who bemoan the American people for driving gas cars but then turn around and fly around the globe in private jets that consume far more fossil fuel energy.

Lewis notes that Sen. Bernie Sanders is another perfect example of this phenomenon. Despite being the loudest critic of the wealthy, he himself owns multiple mansions and lives a fairly lavish life.

And despite acting like the American Dream doesn’t exist, he once told the public that anyone “can be a millionaire too.”

“I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he said in 2019 in response to criticism about his best-selling book.

But, Lewis argues, “Sanders’ book wasn’t a best seller because he writes like Ernest Hemingway.”

“His book was a best seller because he was able to use campaign dollars to run for president and subsequently raise his profile. Then (to his credit), his message caught fire because it resonated with people. Then, he no doubt leveraged contacts, expertise, and ideas he accrued along the way (as we all do) to procure a book deal and then write it—which, yes, contributed to his millionaire status,” Lewis writes.

“In a world where the public’s trust of politicians and political institutions is already low—and where so many people want to be Instagram famous—ambitious players increasingly have a reason to view politics as a vehicle to riches and celebrity. And with a House that has Squad members on the left and MTGs and Matt Gaetzes on the right, we’ve got our hands full as it is.”

Or put differently, Democrats, including fake victim Abrams and fake socialist Sanders, are full of it …


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