Thanks, but no thanks. Stacey Abrams doesn’t appear to need any assistance from former President Donald J. Trump who seemingly endorsed the voting rights activist and strategist for governor of Georgia.
The rare endorsement came during a rally in Perry, Georgia, last month when the two-time impeached former sitting president further pushed onto attendees his baseless narrative that 2020 elections were stolen from him.
In the midst of his speech, Trump compared his loss to that of Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial race, after which She refused to concede, citing voter suppression issues. He later went on to tell the audience that Abrams would be the better candidate than the state’s current republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
“When Stacey Abrams says I’m not going to concede, that’s okay,” Trump said. “Of course, having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor, if you want to know the truth. Might very well be better.” Trump later stated that if Abrams would like to take Kemp’s place, “It’s fine with me.”
Abrams has since addressed those sentiments during an appearance on “Out Front” with CNN’s Erin Burnett, saying of Trump’s remarks as “It’s irrelevant.”
She continued, “His posture is not relevant to the work that I’m doing or to the positions I take. My responsibility is to do what I can to ensure that no matter who you are, and no matter who you choose, that you have the freedom to vote in the United States. And that is why we have to keep laser-focused on the assault on our democracy. An assault that not only happened on January 6th, but has happened again and again since that time in statehouses that have restricted access to the right to vote and constricted not only that but the ability of election workers to do their jobs,” she added.
Abrams was defeated nearly three years ago by Kemp, then secretary of state in charge of elections. The politician had strategically barred tens of thousands of Georgia residents from voting.
Abrams advocates for election reform through her organization, Fair Fight. According to Fair Fight’s official website, the organization “brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.”