For a Democratic Party that has confidently proclaimed victory in the 2020 election, some Democrats seem awfully concerned about what may be discovered by the ongoing audit of ballots and election equipment in Arizona’s Maricopa County.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is among those condemning the Maricopa audit, which she likened to a “continuation of the Big Lie” and “insurrection,” RealClearPolitics reported.
Abrams: GOP is continuing “insurrection”
Abrams, who herself has yet to acknowledge the legitimacy of the election she lost in 2018, made the remarks during an interview on Thursday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper who spoke derisively of the “so-called audit in Arizona” that was fueled by Republican “conspiracy theories” about the election.
“It’s a continuation of the Big Lie, but more importantly and more concerningly, it’s a continuation of the insurrection, of this attempt to disenfranchise voters and to dismiss the legitimacy of our elections,” Abrams said.
“And we know that this is only part of a larger intention,” she continued. “Just today, there was leaked audio from Heritage action for America where they admitted that this is model legislation being promulgated across the country through a vast Republican intention of limiting access to the right to vote because they think it’s the best way to win.”
“And according to the leaked audio, they’ve been meeting with secretaries of state, governors, legislators, all with the intent of putting forward legislation that will restrict access to the right to vote and make it easier for Republicans to win,” Abrams said.
“And we should all be concerned because our elections are not about partisanship,” she added. “It should not be a question of Republicans or Democrats gaming the system but everyone being able to participate and make their own choices.”
Election reform efforts are “gaslighting”
Cooper went on to call it “Orwellian” how certain Republicans, such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), insist that no one is “questioning the legitimacy” of the prior election even as the audit is ongoing and election reform legislation is being pushed forward in several GOP-led states.
Abrams called McCarthy’s comment “hypocrisy” and “gaslighting” in that Republicans were proposing solutions for problems they also claimed weren’t an issue, according to Mediaite.
“Not only is there a hypocrisy, but it’s gaslighting,” Abrams said. “They are saying aloud that there’s nothing wrong, and at the exact same time, they’re pushing forward legislation to fix something they say is broken.”
“Either they’re lying then, or they’re lying now,” she added. “And the reality is the lie that continues to weave its way through our democracy is one that turns this issue of partisanship, this naked partisan grab.”
Again, for a party that has exuded supreme confidence in the election results and flatly rejected any suggestion that they engaged in fraud or exploited irregularities to obtain victory, Democrats seem awfully worried about the potential impact of the Arizona audit and election reforms that make it easier to vote but harder to cheat.