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Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is 0-1 in races for the governorship, says this time around she’ll accept the results and “acknowledge the victor” of the forthcoming 2022 election for governor.
Taking her at her word, however, may be difficult for anyone who remembers that she has yet to concede the 2018 election which she lost to now-Governor Brian Kemp.
Absent any irony, she also expressed her belief that Americans be allowed to “legitimately question and criticize” the election system.
In an interview with Axios published Monday, Abrams was asked if her refusal to concede the 2018 election had perhaps emboldened then-President Donald Trump to question the results of the 2020 presidential election, to which she replied, “I don’t ever want us to be in a place as Americans where we cannot legitimately question and critique systems and try to make them better.”
She also laughably claimed she has never refused to acknowledge the results of an election.
“I will always acknowledge the legal outcome of an election,” Abrams said. “I have never failed to do that.”
Abrams failed to concede the governor’s race to Kemp in 2018, saying at the time that a concession would be an acknowledgment that the outcome was “right and true and proper.” She made the same tiresome accusations of voter fraud, although nearly four years later she cannot provide any evidence to support the claim. In fact, Abrams was notably absent when President Joe Biden made a January appearance in Georgia to speak on the matter of voting rights, her signature platitude.
“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election,” Abrams said in 2018 in a speech following her loss. “But to watch an elected official – who claims to represent the people of this state, baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote – has been truly appalling.”
“So, to be clear, this is not a speech of concession,” she continued.
Abrams also explained at the time that she “will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right.”
Following her loss, Abrams filed a lawsuit in Georgia through her organization Fair Fight Action, a trial date of which is set for April. According to the outlet, the federal judge assigned to the case has tossed out most of the organization’s complaints.
The suit now focuses on Georgia’s policy of “exact match,” which requires enhanced verification if voters’ names on their ID and the voter roll do not precisely match.
During the interview, Abrams dismissed the suggestion that her refusal to concede her race is akin to Trump’s lawsuits against various election bodies following the 2020 presidential election.
“What Trump has done is invalidate systems because he didn’t like the personal effect,” she said. “And he’s provided no information or proof of his allegations. I should be held accountable for everything I say, be able to tie it to evidentiary facts. And that’s what I’ve been doing. And that’s what I’ll continue to do.”
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