‘It’s hard to imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to also be able to run with one of these extraordinary women in our country…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Robert Francis O’Rourke (“Beto”) said failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lost with “grace,” and suggested the election might have been rigged against her.
During an appearance on “The View” on Tuesday, O’Rourke—who lost his own 2018 Senate race against Ted Cruz, R-Texas—said his fellow loser in Georgia, Abrams, was robbed.
“The grace with which she met that defeat on an unfair, unlevel playing field with the Secretary of State perhaps rigging, in part, that election … is inspiring stuff at a time that our democracy is so badly broken,” O’Rourke said.
After @BetoORourke praised @StaceyAbrams for meeting defeat in #GAGOV with “grace,” he told @TheView he finds it “hard to imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to also run with one of these extraordinary women in our country.” https://t.co/TJd7goVH6t pic.twitter.com/3c0ZnVbWt1
— The View (@TheView) May 14, 2019
Abrams lost the gubernatorial race to her Republican opponent, then-secretary of state Brian Kemp, by 55,000 votes.
However, she never conceded, claiming the outcome wasn’t “right and true and proper,” and still refuses to accept that Kemp was legitimately elected.
She accused Kemp of being “an architect of voter suppression who spent the last eight years knitting together a system of voter suppression that is unparalleled in America.”
Even months after the Georgia election, Abrams continued to argue without evidence that the state’s voting system was “rigged” and led to systemic voter suppression.
“Incompetence and malfeasance operates in tandem, and the sheer complexity of the state’s voting apparatus smooths voter suppression into a nearly seamless system that targets voter registration, ballot access and ballot counting,” Abrams told the House Administration’s subcommittee on elections in February, without offering any evidence. “These hurdles have had their desired effect.”
O’Rourke’s once hyped campaign has sputtered, in large part due to his eccentric behavior and obsession with his own “white privilege” in a crowded field of diverse candidates.
During his “View” appearance, intended to be a “reboot” of sorts, O’Rourke suggested he would be willing to make Abrams his running mate if he won the Democratic nomination.
“If I were fortunate enough to be the nominee,” he said, “it’s hard to imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to also be able to run with one of these extraordinary women in our country.”
However, those comments appeared only to underscore the perception that O’Rourke is out of sync with the direction of the party, particularly as Abrams has already rejected the notion of being second-fiddle to current Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.
“I do not intend to enter the presidential race as a primary candidate for vice president,” she said in April. “If I enter the race for president, I will enter the race for president.”
O’Rourke’s slightly condescending use of the word “grace” also seemed to carry euphemistic racial undertones, echoing remarks that Biden drew sharp criticism for during his 2007 primary battle with Barack Obama, who would later make him vice president.
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden told the New York Observer. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”