‘We should sue him, of course, because, left unchecked, he will declare a national emergency because tanning beds are disappearing from the shelves…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) For a losing candidate who continues to be artificially bolstered by leftist power-brokers, former Georgia gubernatorial contender Stacey Abrams had a lot to say about the validity of President Donald Trump.
Smarmy former “SNL” comedian Meyers began by inviting her to respond to the recent development that Trump had agreed to avert a second shutdown by signing a massive omnibus spending bill with only minor concessions for a border barrier, saying he would instead declare a national emergency to fund the contentious wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
As she did in her unremarkable rebuttal response to Trump’s State of the Union address last week, Abrams once again rattled off a scripted list of Democrat talking points while showing astoundingly little self-awareness—including an attack on the president’s skin tone.
“We should sue him, of course, because, left unchecked, he will declare a national emergency because tanning beds are disappearing from the shelves,” she said.
“But in all seriousness … there is necessary response, but it doesn’t have to be public and it doesn’t have to be constant,” she added. “We validate his behavior by treating it as serious.”
Of course, the attention currently being given Abrams has far less to do with the validity of her ideas or leadership qualities as with the niche she fills within the Democratic Party.
As they struggle to gain political inroads within the Deep South—using identity politics to convince black voters to upend the conservative strongholds—Democrats have deployed the canard of “voter suppression” and other coded language to undermine voter ID laws, while also aggressively trying to expand their base by restoring the voting rights of convicted felons.
Leftist billionaires like George Soros and Tom Steyer invested unprecedented amounts of super-PAC “dark money” into the failed campaigns of Abrams and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, and liberal media trumpeted the two African–American candidates endlessly as Democrats’ rising stars.
Even Oprah Winfrey got involved, as Meyers observed, setting up a clip of the Chicago media mogul canvassing for Abrams.
“I mean, I hope you got her vote,” Meyers said, referring to the Georgia resident who answered the door.
“Oh god yeah—-I mean, no, no, no, because then they’ll accuse me of voter fraud,” Abrams replied, referring to Oprah. “She lives in Illinois, but she really helped.”
“Uh right, Oprah would never—-because she is not registered in Georgia,” Meyers clarified.
Whether Oprah cast a ballot or simply helped in other ways, it wasn’t enough to win the race.
But Abrams and her fellow Democrats struggled coming to grips with the political rejection.
Because Georgia law would have required a run-off if neither candidate had received a majority (Libertarian Ted Metz garnered just under 1 percent of the vote) Abrams continued efforts to chip away at Kemp’s slight margin for 10 days afterward, pressing for voter recounts and lawsuits while launching accusations, without much evidence, of polling place irregularities.
On Nov. 16, she formally abandoned her efforts but still, semantically, refused to concede the race, complaining that Kemp used his official role in overseeing the elections to rob her of her rightful victory.
“We know that if you talk to communities that are normally ignored, and if you fight for their right to vote, you can win elections,” Abrams told Meyers. “You just can’t have someone acting as the referee, the umpire and also the scorekeeper acting as your opponent.”
Ironically, given her own fraud claims, and despite the weight of evidence from organizations dedicated to documenting and investigating instances of illegal voter fraud, Abrams parroted other Democrats by telling Meyers that the concerns used by conservatives to justify voter ID laws were baseless.
“Republicans have talked about voter fraud, which is largely a myth, but they’ve talked about it for so long and with so much energy that we take it as the truth,” she said.
Despite touting the record number of blacks—1.9 million, she said—who voted for her in Georgia, Abrams then said the real problem was with suppression, not fraud.
“We know voter suppression is real, but we never talk about it—we take it for granted,” she said. “My belief is that by calling it out and by using my non-concession speech and my since-actions to demonstrate that we can fight back, that we can actually reclaim our democracy.”
Clearly, Abrams plans to continue her crusade—at least until another opportunity to run emerges.
With the dust barely settled on her last campaign, some Democrats were buzzing already about pitting her against first-term Republican Sen. David Perdue, a staunch Trump supporter who likely will seek re-election in 2020.
It’s unclear, however, whether Abrams will first have to concede the governor’s race before running again.