Debunking Liberal Myths About the Georgia Governor’s Race
Stacey Abrams generated a great deal of controversy after claiming the Georgia Governor’s race was “neither free nor fair” and refusing to acknowledge her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp as a “legitimate” governor.
Even in her concession speech, she wouldn’t concede. Instead, saying, “This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that. But my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy. Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don’t want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post. Because the title of governor isn’t nearly as important as our shared title — voters. And that is why we fight on.”
Many Democrats echoed Abrams’ claims of an “unfair” and “stolen” election, including Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
Democracy did not win in Georgia. https://t.co/BMypvOe5Ew
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) November 18, 2018
So, one might ask, where’s the proof? What evidence does Ms. Abrams, Mrs. Clinton, and every other Democrat whining about the results have to back up their claims of an illegitimate election?
Philip Wegmann of the Washington Examiner debunked some of the top arguments in his piece titled, Stacey Abrams is a sore loser without any evidence to support claims that the Georgia election was ‘tainted‘:
- Democrats argued voter rolls were purged in order to disenfranchise minority voters.
Wegmann writes, “Kemp (who was Georgia’s secretary of state) did in fact do the purging in question. American Public Media reported that nearly 600,000 Georgians were removed from the rolls in 2017 by the secretary of state’s office. But this isn’t a conspiracy. This was the result of a “use it or lose it” bill signed by a Democratic governor, Zell Miller, and passed by a Democratic legislature in 1997.
The 600,000 removed from the rolls were removed because they hadn’t voted in the last three elections. Voters don’t get tossed without warning, though, as Michael Warren of The Weekly Standard reported earlier in October. If they haven’t moved out of state, then they are notified. Each voter is given a menu of options to reactivate his registration, and up to four years to complete this process.
Granted, 600,000 is a high number to purge. Again, Warren reported, the increase resulted from a failed lawsuit over alleged racial bias by the group Common Cause and the NAACP. Georgia won the case at the Supreme Court, allowing the dead, the convicted, and former residents who had moved away to be removed from the rolls. Suppression? Hardly.”
2) Democrats complained that polling places were closed, in what Wegmann sarcastically calls “a sinister effort by Kemp to lengthen lines and keep people from voting.”
He writes, “Well, no. There were delays, yes. There have been 214 precincts closed since 2012, according to an analysis by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But Kemp had absolutely nothing to do with closing a single polling place. Those offices were shuttered by county election officials, not the secretary of state.”
3) There were also complaints about delays caused by voting machines without power cords.
“As of this writing, there is no sign that Kemp or any of his allies snuck into polling stations and stole extension cords. If there was any evidence of this, the Republican should not be governor. Not just because this would be illegal, but because only an idiot would try to steal an election by stealing a charge cord. In the end, cords were found and voting commenced,” writes Wegmann.
And finally, a fourth liberal lie, debunked by David French at National Review:
4) A more broad argument from Abrams and her Democrat supporters is that there was voter suppression at play.
“If Georgia’s Brian Kemp is a vote suppressor, he’s the least successful vote suppressor alive. Turnout in Georgia was immense. In the previous gubernatorial election, Republican Nathan Deal won with 1.3 million votes. In November, Abrams lost with 1.9 million votes. There were roughly 2.5 million total votes cast in 2014. In 2018, more than 3.9 million Georgians voted. That almost matches the total votes cast for president in 2016.”
It’s time Stacey Abrams stop peddling her baseless allegations of fraud in the governor’s race and humbly accept that she lost fair and square.