While Republicans are regularly accused of election denialism, Democrat Stacey Abrams has spent years denying that her 2018 loss to Georgia Gov. Brain Kemp was legitimate.
This week, Abrams implicitly acknowledged that she is on track to lose again when the candidate suggested that voter suppression will decide the race.
Crying voter suppression
According to the Washington Examiner, Abrams made that claim on Saturday during an interview with MSNBC host Ali Velshi.
When Velshi noted how polling data shows Abrams is trailing her Republican opponent by double digits, she asserted that the governor and secretary of state had erected obstacles to voters casting their ballots.
“While the polls are always going to tell the story you want to see, what we know is that the untold story is that this is a tight race, it is neck and neck, and we believe that we are on a path to victory if we can get all our voters turned out and if they can navigate the difficulties put in place by Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger,” Abrams was quoted as saying.
She went on to assert that voters know “Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger put barriers in place, that they’re going to be denied access to food and water in lines that in years past have stretched up to four, eight hours.
“They know that there have been more difficulties put in place for absentee ballots,” she continued while alleging that “[w]hite supremacist groups and hard right-wing groups” are focused on “challenging people’s right to vote.”
“Up to 75,000 people have had their right to vote challenged because of the law passed by Brian Kemp. And he did so because he was frustrated by the results,” Abrams concluded.
Similar rules in Delaware
Abrams referred to a 2021 law signed by Kemp to improve election integrity. She is not alone in criticizing the legislation, as Fox News reported that President Joe Biden likened it to racist Jim Crow laws.
However, the network noted that Republican state Rep. Wes Cantrell put up a Facebook post that stressed that Georgia’s election law provides the same opportunities for early voting and absentee ballots that Biden’s home state does.
“Since President Biden seems to be very concerned about our laws here in Georgia, this bill will make Georgia’s voting laws identical to those of his home state of Delaware,” Cantrell wrote.
The Georgia lawmaker then linked to a Washington Post fact-check article that gave the president’s statement a “Four Pinocchios” rating.