Abrams announces 2022 candidacy, claims she never ‘challenged’ 2018 loss to Kemp

Stacey Abrams, a rising star within the Democratic Party, achieved nationwide prominence following her failed 2018 gubernatorial bid in Georgia, which she refused to concede.

This week, however, she seemed to rewrite history during an interview on MSNBC, claiming that she never “challenged” the outcome of that race.

“Egregious and aggressive”

Abrams went on to tell host Rachel Maddow that she intends to launch another bid for the same office next year.

As the Washington Examiner reported, she did not technically file a legal challenge after her electoral loss. Nevertheless, she has spent the intervening three years insinuating that an oppressive voting system essentially rigged the race in favor of her opponent.

During the interview on Thursday, Maddow referenced the “disturbing dynamic” in which GOP candidate Brian Kemp, who was Georgia’s secretary of state at the time, engaged in “voter suppression tactics” such as removing inactive names from the state’s voter rolls.

As a result, the host noted that Abrams was “contentious” about her narrow loss to Kemp and “didn’t necessarily think it had been a fair fight.”

While Abrams agreed that Kemp engaged in “egregious and aggressive voter suppression activities,” she asserted that she acknowledged his victory.

“As a woman of conscience and faith”

“I did not challenge the outcome of the election, unlike some recent folks did,” Abrams said in a clear reference to former President Donald Trump. “What I said was that the system was not fair. And leaders challenge systems. Leaders say we can do better. And that’s what I declared.”

She said her conscience would not allow her to remain “silent about the political present, which is that we have a system under a leader that sought to keep people from casting their ballot, that threw the ballots out, that said that voter suppression was a viable tactic for winning elections.”

Of course, that is not exactly the message she delivered in a speech just days after the 2018 election.

“So, to be clear, this is not a speech of concession,” she declared at the time. “Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede. But my assessment is that the law currently allows no further viable remedy.”

Since then, Abrams has repeatedly suggested that she should have won that race and that Kemp essentially cheated. Nevertheless, she apparently does not believe the system is too rigged to dissuade her from mounting another gubernatorial bid.

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