Democrat Stacey Abrams announced today that she would be running for governor of Georgia again. She said she was running “because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by ZIP code, background or access to power.” Well, it’s good that she believes that folks who don’t have the access to Democratic power like she does get to run as well.
But her announcement came as a surprise to some who — based on her word — thought she already was governor.
Didn’t she tell us that she won back in 2018? So why is she announcing a run now? Shouldn’t she be busy governing? I’m so confused!!
Now, of course, Abrams lost the race for Georgia governor in 2018, but she never conceded. But her failure to concede and subsequent attacks on the process of her election at every turn weren’t an “attack on democracy” — because she’s a Democrat. Democrats are allowed to question elections and attack the process. Republicans are not.
Now, of course, I’m being cynical, but that does seem to be the way that media approaches it. Both Abrams and Hillary Clinton questioned the electoral results, yet never received any criticism from liberal media for doing so. Indeed, they were lauded for it.
Here’s a collection of her comments in the past year about President Donald Trump, juxtaposed with her comments about her election in 2018.
Stacey Abrams: The Real Big Lie. pic.twitter.com/lgwdwqyCyR
— Stephen Lawson (@StephenLawson_) December 1, 2021
As recently as October, when Abrams was campaigning for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia, she said, “I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and a citizen of Georgia, I’m going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote.” Even McAuliffe echoed that, saying “1.4 million voters” had been “disenfranchised” — otherwise, “she would be governor today.”
Abrams wasn’t “entitled” to become governor because she lost, as simple as that, whether she wants to accept it or not. McAuliffe signing on board her delusion is just one other reason he deserved to lose. Perhaps the best skewering of Abrams’ delusion regarding her election and the lie about voter suppression came via a grilling by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in April.
FLASHBACK to April 2021: Sen. Ted Cruz gets “Governor” Stacey Abrams to admit the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election was stolen.
Cruz: "Yes or no, do you still maintain the 2018 election was stolen?"
Abrams: The election "was stolen from the voters of Georgia." pic.twitter.com/PatNTD0e57
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 1, 2021
Just a reminder of reality: Abrams lost by more than 50,000 votes and there was no voter suppression.
Brian Kemp, who won the race in 2018, had a lot of Republican backing then. But since then, and since his tussle with President Donald Trump over the election results in Georgia, has fallen out of favor with a lot of Republicans. So what support he gets from Republicans might be in question.
Kemp responded to Abrams’ announcement, tweeting the following today:
With Stacey Abrams in control, Georgia would have shut down, students would have been barred from their classrooms, and woke politics would be the law of the land and the lesson plan in our schools. Her far-left agenda of open borders, gun confiscation, high taxes, and anti-law enforcement policies don’t reflect who we are as Georgians. Stacey’s never-ending campaign for power has already hurt Georgia businesses and cost our state millions – all in service to her ultimate ambition of becoming President of the United States. Next November’s election for Governor is a battle for the soul of our state. I’m in the fight against Stacey Abrams, the failed Biden agenda, and their woke allies to keep Georgia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Now that she’s announced, that’s likely to reunite Republican folks in Georgia to stand against her, and it may not be with Kemp. Vernon Jones has also said he would be running against Kemp. Republicans hopefully will come out in force against her.