Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams rejected charges from Georgia’s secretary of State comparing her refusal to concede after her 2018 defeat to Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to President Trump‘s refusal to do the same.
In an interview, Abrams responded to an op-ed penned by Brad Raffensperger (R), in The Wall Street Journal calling Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden straight out of “the Stacey Abrams playbook.”
In his op-ed, Raffensperger said that Abrams had “refused to concede, announced that she would launch major litigation against Georgia’s election system, and began collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from donors convinced the election had been stolen from her” following her defeat to Kemp.
Abrams pushed back against that assertion, noting that hundreds of thousands of voters were purged from state voter rolls before her race went to the ballot box.
“First and foremost, he’s never listened to what I said,” Abrams said of Raffensperger’s argument. “I said that the election was stolen from Georgia voters because, under the previous secretary of state, Brian Kemp, millions of voters were…1.4 million voters were purged from the rolls, thousands of voters were denied the right to vote because of [voter registration processes].”
Abrams went on to dismiss any comparison between herself and the president, who she argued was working to disqualify voters from having their voices heard. Her own efforts, she argued, were centered around voter registration efforts in Georgia and fighting against Republican efforts to purge voter rolls.
“There is absolutely nothing commensurate between what I have done and what Donald Trump is trying to do,” said Abrams. “My mission has been very clear since I was 17. And that is expanding access to the right to vote for those who are entitled to vote in our country, and especially in the state of Georgia. What Donald Trump is arguing is that he only wants to count the votes that he likes. He wants to restrict access to the right to vote and restrict who gets to be heard in our country. That is not at all what I’m pushing for.”