As she tries to adopt a more moderate image before her upcoming re-match with Georgia governor Brian Kemp (R), Stacey Abrams is posturing as tough-on-crime. Local sheriffs in Georgia aren’t standing for it.
Over 100 local sheriffs in the state put Abrams on notice for her support of the “defund the police” movement, Breitbart reported.
Abrams called out by Georgia sheriffs
Abrams called for officers to get pay raises, and she denies supporting “defund the police.”
But Abrams sits on the board of a progressive group that “openly advocates for abolishing prisons and stripping local police departments of their funding,” the sheriffs noted.
That group, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, has campaigned for abolishing police and prisons to dismantle “white supremacy.” Abrams has received over $50,000 in income from the group, Fox News reported.
The group’s CEO has said that “all police are bad” and that the only way to achieve “justice” is “to defund the police and support abolition. Period.”
Abrams’ record on “defund the police” is also clear. When the movement was at its height during the George Floyd uprising two summers ago, Abrams often danced around using “defund” rhetoric, but she called for police resources to be “reallocated.”
Abrams’ desperate pivot
At the time, many progressives were trying to white-wash the “defund” movement by saying it was advocating the diversion of police money — not police abolition. Abrams took that same track, calling for police to be “transformed” and complaining that “defund” rhetoric posited a “false choice.”
“We have to have a transformation of how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view the construct of public safety, and how we invest, not only in the work that we need them to do to protect us, but the work that we need to do to protect and build our communities.”
Abrams’ recent pivot on policing is part of a national effort by Democrats to clean up a well-earned reputation for being soft on crime. The stigma has become a serious burden for them ahead of midterm elections that heavily favor Republicans.
As Abrams tries to re-write history, Georgia police are reminding voters that she has “shown complete disdain for law enforcement and the risk we take every day putting our lives on the line to serve our communities.”
Abrams famously never conceded defeat to Kemp in 2018.