Plenty of kids supposedly have imaginary friends in their early years. I didn’t have one (at least not that I know of), and I’m alright with that because that stuff is scary. Apparently though, some people take this way too far and even carry it into adulthood. Stacey Abrams is one of these people.
Since losing the 2018 Georgia Governor’s race, Stacey Abrams has been operating as imaginary governor. Before the election was even called, accusations of “voter suppression” and “disenfranchisement” were being thrown around. Abrams – an establishment backed “blue wave” candidate – was being counted on in a big way. Like Beto (who is a furry), Stacey Abrams was supposed to deliver a win for the Democrats in a traditionally red state. She came relatively close – only losing to current governor Brian Kemp by less than 60,000 votes – but ultimately fell short.
Stacey Abrams has shown no intention of accepting the official result, however. She instantly spoke of “voter suppression” on the night of the election and has called it “the crisis of our day”. Abrams has also refused to call Kemp the “legitimate governor” and has repeated her claims numerous time on cable news.
What the accusations lobbed by Abrams lack, however, is evidence. Like many far left authoritarians, her claims are heavy on emotion and little on fact. Stacey Abrams does not cite instances in which her perspective voters were disenfranchised, only vague rhetoric about how the race was not “right and true and proper”. Brian Kemp has also been called the “architect of suppression” by Abrams.
Abrams has even gone a step further with her ridiculous claims and at times seems to refer to herself as the Governor of Georgia. “We had this little election back in 2018 and despite the final tally and the inauguration and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have one very affirmative statement to make: we won” Abrams said in April.
Kirsten Gillibrand, everyone’s favorite panderer, recently made the utterly baseless claim that Abrams would be the Governor of Georgia had votes not been suppressed. “But for voter disenfranchisement, Stacey Abrams would be the governor of Georgia” Gillibrand said on Friday.
This sentiment has also been echoed by another 2020 dem hopeful – Pete Buttigieg – who is the new 2020 candidate that Twitter decides to shill to me. They even offered me a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Detroit for the debate if I donated, which sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
Anyways, Gillibrand did not cite evidence for her insanely divisive claims. Instead of citing instances where this allegedly happened, the 2020 hopeful only provided baseless assertions. “The truth is, we have Republican legislatures across this country that are trying to deny black people the right to vote” she stated.
But again, what about evidence? Those who claim that voter suppression occurred in 2018 commonly cite voters being purged by the state GOP. The Republicans claim that the purged voters had changed addresses or hadn’t voted in recent elections, but this claim is disputed by critics. Georgia election officials also had issues with voting machines on election day and are currently being sued for the manner in which the election was handled.
As the courts sort this matter out, the bottom-line is that the rhetoric of Stacey Abrams and Gillibrand has no place in a civil society. Does Abrams have the right to assert that she was the victim of voter suppression? She does, but accusations from the far left have a poor track record over the last few years. They typically seem to be heavy on the rhetoric side and little on the evidence.
I mean, we were just assured for three years that the President of the United States was a foreign agent, so forgive me if I’m skeptical.
Now, we went over the alleged evidence above, but it is only alleged. Black voter turnout was up in Georgia and those voters overwhelmingly went for Abrams. If Brian Kemp tried to rig the election in Georgia, he really sucks it at. You’d think a respectable person would move on and accept the election results, but that isn’t what happened.
What Abrams did was immediately up the rhetoric to an 11 without any regard for what that could cause. When she says thing such as “black people don’t have the right to vote in Georgia”, it takes things far beyond the level of normal political discourse. This is especially absurd when there are no cited examples. Oftentimes in her speeches, Abrams doesn’t even mention the alleged instances of voter suppression discussed above. Nope, Abrams sticks to the playbook of carpet-bombing the opponent with emotional rhetoric that does nothing but fill people with rage.
It’s one thing to be a shameless political hack like Satcey Abrams, but what does rhetoric like this do to broader society? Much like Ilhan Omar and AOC, the lies pushed by Abrams are downright dangerous. Her message is essentially “Jim Crow is still alive in Georgia and Republicans hate black people”, all while providing no examples. What options does someone have when they hear something like this? I mean, if black people supposedly don’t have rights in Georgia, something radical has to happen, right?
Just like AOC’s “concentration camp” rhetoric has already inspired violence, Abrams has the potential to do the same. When people – politicians or not – get consumed by an ideology, they play for keeps. Stacey Abrams and AOC don’t care what their words do to the long-term health of the country, they’re aiming to advance their agenda at all costs.
Where will this all lead? Nowhere good unfortunately, but for now we can let Stacey Abrams enjoy her imaginary governorship. Maybe she can make UGA football not choke in her pretend peach state? That would be ideal for gambling purposes, assuming she let’s me know first.