Has any more attention been paid to a losing candidate than Stacey Abrams?
She lost a gubernational race by tens of thousands of votes, and yet we have to hear her plastered all over the mainstream media as if she actually were elected the governor of Georgia.
On Thursday, Abrams appeared on a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, a former Obama advisor. During the show, Abrams remarked that the country must have widespread mail-in voting. She also claimed that Trump’s hesitation towards mail-in voting shows that he’s “afraid” and “illegitimate.”
Perhaps he’s simply concerned that mail-in voting could increase voter fraud? That’s been the view that he’s relayed to the public and it does make sense that mail-in voting erects new hurdles in maintaining the integrity of elections.
Check out details on the interview from Breitbart:
Thursday during an interview with CNN analyst David Axelrod on his podcast “The Axe Files,” former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) accused President Donald Trump of being “afraid” of vote-by-mail because she argued it would “increase turnout and show that Trump was “illegitimate” and “should not hold office.”
Abrams said, “What’s happened in the last twenty years has been an acceleration by the right to constrict access to the vote because they no longer believe they can persuade the demographic majority of the country to agree with their ideas. So let’s start with that as a baseline. What we face with COVID-19 is an exacerbation of but also a concentration of the challenge that we face in this country the challenge that voters in Georgia faced in 2018, the voters in Ohio and Wisconsin and Florida have continually faced. And that is an artificial attempt to break the connection between being a citizen and having the right to express your views and choose your leaders.”
She continued, “We are pushing for in the vote by mail compulsion that we are trying to push up, that we are hearing that we need in the next CARES package is this, vote by mail is one way to ensure that we have safe, accessible voting and it is coupled with voting in person. There is no legitimate reason to remove both unless you are a state that has been doing this so long you have solved the issues of mass in-person voting. So instead, what we have is that we have to imagine a hundred people crowding into a polling place on Election Day were some number of those people may or may or be asymptomatic and where COVID has not gone. The goal is to get at least 75 percent of those people out of line. Get 75% of them out of line, and the way to accomplish that is to allow them to vote by mail. Every state in our nation has the capacity for vote-by-mail. The issue is making sure it is affordable and that the excuses are lifted, the requirements for excuses are lifted by the states who limit who has access. Of the remaining 25%, you want at least 10 of them to vote early because if you can spread out timing, then you can limit the likelihood that they are going to infect one another, and you can limit the number of personnel that you need in order to serve them. So by the time you get to election day, the only people who need to be voting in person are those who have no other choice.”
Fox News reported on Abrams’ appearance earlier this week on MSNBC, where she discussed the same topic:
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams claimed on Tuesday that voter fraud was mostly a myth and that President Trump was actually afraid of mail-in voting because it would help people participate in the upcoming elections.
“[H]ere’s the thing. Voter fraud is, by and large, a myth. The president of the United States, number one, voted by mail just recently, and so it worked for him,” Abrams told MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
“The concern he has is that it will actually work for every American. Our elections are not partisan. The choices we make are, but the elections themselves should be available to every eligible American citizen.”
Since losing her gubernatorial bid in 2018, Abrams has been fighting against voter suppression – something she blamed for her loss to former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Trump has repeatedly expressed concerns about voter fraud, including while considering ways to maintain social distancing in elections during the coronavirus pandemic.
Does it make sense that we have to keep hearing the opinion of a failed candidate? Clearly, she hasn’t accepted her loss, as evidenced by her continued blaming of voter suppression for costing her the governor’s seat.
Many on Twitter shared the sentiment that Abrams’ may be getting a bit overplayed:
As if it weren't enough that she appeared on Axelrod's podcast and MSNBC, Abrams also had to grace viewers with her presence on the View this week. The subject of her commentary? President Trump's handling of the COVID crisis, of course.
Take a look: