Newly unearthed comments by potential Joe Biden VP pick Stacey Abrams suggests that she was playing the race card during a conference about legislative redistricting set for 2021.
In the 2014 video, Democrat Abrams warned that the south is in danger, as she sees it, of falling victim to a governing coalition made up of primarily white people.
Earlier this month, Abrams described herself in an interview with Elle magazine as an “excellent running mate” for Sleepy Joe.
Viewing everything through a racial lens, Abrams made these remarks in a clip unearthed by Patrick Howley of the National File:
“My eye is on 2021. Because when we do redistricting in 2021, if we have not changed the electorate, especially in the South, we will have a majority-minority population that is governed by a minority white conservative coalition. And that’s the most dangerous precedent that we can possibly set for the South in the next 20 years.”
Her assertion generated lots of applause at 2014 Power PAC + National Conference, which was subtitled “The Race to win the Race: The Progressive Path to Victory.”
So-called progressives assume that ethnic groups in America vote in a monolithic manner, which is increasingly inaccurate, particularly given the ascendancy of Donald Trump.
According to Howley, the GOP needs to wake up because “This clip proves once and for all that Democrat demographic politics are in motion…The left is weaponizing race for cynical electoral gain.”
BREAKING: I have Stacey Abrams on tape in 2014 plotting post-Census RE-DISTRICTING in 2021 to stop "WHITE" people from governing.
Says "a majority minority population that is governed by a minority WHITE conservative coalition" is "DANGEROUS" 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨https://t.co/uBBW0RPjy5
— Patrick Howley (@HowleyReporter) April 26, 2020
A champion of identity politics, Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017 and was minority leader in that chamber from 2011 to 2017. Republican Brian Kemp defeated her in the state’s 2018 in the gubernatorial election.
She’s been a sore loser ever since, floating unfounded theories of voter suppression, among other complaints. Abrams never officially conceded the election to Kemp.
Predictably like a good Democrat, Abrams has criticized Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as Kemp’s plan to reopen the state for business.
As a potential VP nominee, Abrams made the rounds of the Sunday morning political talk shows this past weekend, but none of the interlocutors asked her about Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Biden, the U.S. vice president under Barack Obama.
Biden has promised to pick a women as his running mate. Power-hunger Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is also reportedly under consideration.
As a 10-year elected official on the state level, it’s unclear what credentials Abrams would bring on a national ticket. Despite that, the never-shy Abrams holds to a theory that she will be elected president in 2040.
Stacey Abrams bragged to Elle that she has “the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities.”
Next year’s redistricting will be based on 2020 Census data.
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