|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 20, 2021 at 3:30 PM|
During a heated debate with Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Georgia governor in 2018, declined to reveal whether she still thinks the election was rigged.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote," Cruz observed that Abrams had also refused to admit she had lost the governor's race two years prior.
He quoted her as saying she "does not concede that the process was proper" and that "they stole it from Georgia voters."
“Do you still believe that the 2018 Georgia election was rigged today?” Cruz inquired.
“As I have always said, I acknowledged from the start that Brian Kemp had won under the rules that were in place,” Abrams replied. “What I object to are the rules that allowed thousands of Georgia voters to be denied participation in this election and have their votes counted against them.”
She said that she would “continue to disagree with the system until it is fixed,” claiming that the “marked progress” made since that election has been “undone” by the state's new voting law, which was essentially the focus of the committee's hearing on Tuesday.
Cruz repeated his query, pressing Abrams for a yes or no answer on whether she still thinks the election was stolen, as she has previously said.
“My full language was that it was stolen from Georgia voters,” she said. “We don't know what they would have done because not every eligible Georgian was allowed to vote in full.”
Cruz then mentioned that Abrams told the New York Times that her defeat was “completely attributable to voter suppression,” and asked if she was aware of how the percentage of African American Georgians who are registered to vote and who vote compares to the national average.
“It is higher than the national average because Georgia has the largest African American population,” she said.
“But that is not related to population size,” Cruz said, before mentioning that the number of black Georgians registered to vote in 2018 was 64.7 percent, which is slightly higher than the national average of 60.2 percent.
“The percentage of Georgians who voted in the election you claim was stolen from you in 2018 was 56.3 percent,” Cruz continued. “This is higher than the national average of 48%.”
The Texas Republican also pointed out that African Americans had the highest registration and turnout rates of any ethnic group in Georgia.
Kemp, a Republican, defeated Abrams by almost 55,000 votes in 2018. Abrams said in her concession speech that the outcome was the product of voter intimidation.
According to NPR, Abrams said at the time, “I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election.” “However, it has been truly appalling to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state openly pin his election hopes on the suppression of the people's democratic right to vote.”
She has been on a warpath against perceived voter fraud in the swing state since then. Before the 2020 election, Abrams and her two groups, Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project, enrolled over 800,000 new voters.
Many people believe she helped President Biden narrowly win the state in November.