Stacey Abrams: The RNC is Going to Send Off-Duty Officers to Polling Places to Scare ‘Voters of Color’ [VIDEO]
In perhaps the most outrageous and deranged comment by a politician EVER, former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams accused the Republican National Committee of planning to send off-duty law enforcement officers into minority neighborhoods to “scare voters, particularly voters of color.”
She did so on MSNBC, so of course she was not challenged on this hair-brained statement – and the perfect hostess, Rachel Maddow, jumps in with both feet.
Abrams said, “We know that we also face foreign influence that is being denied by the White House, by the would-be tinpot dictator of Donald Trump, but also that Moscow Mitch is stopping voter rights legislation and election security legislation. But we also know they just lifted a consent decree that’s kept Republicans and the RNC from going into local communities and intimidating voters by having off-duty officers tell people that they are monitoring their votes.”
Abrams appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, where she discussed her new multi-million dollar voter protection initiative. The initiative, which is called Fair Fight 2020, will be spread out across 20 battleground states during the 2020 cycle, and she said it was meant to stop Republicans from “dismantling democracy.”
She went on to say her initiative is going to “educate, staff, and fund” voter protection teams to make sure they are ready to look for the same voter suppression tactics that she claims occurred in Georgia, North Dakota, Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Abrams, who lost to Republican Brian Kemp last year by almost 55,000 votes in Georgia’s gubernatorial election, has repeatedly claimed her loss was the result of voter suppression tactics. MSNBC’s Katy Tur asked her on Sunday about her loss during an episode of American Swamp.
“Do you think the vote was stolen from you, the election was stolen from you?” Tur asked.
“I think the election was stolen from the people of Georgia,” Abrams said. “I don’t know that empirically I would have won, but if you add together the thousands of people who faced extraordinarily long lines, who faced hurdles that should not happen in a democracy, the votes that we know were not counted, the secretary of state, who was also my opponent in the race, purged more than 1.4 million voters over basically an eight-year period.”
Abrams announced Tuesday she would not run for president in 2020. She has hinted at challenging Kemp when he runs for a second term in 2022.
She added, “For the first time since 1981, the RNC will be allowed to cheat and lie and go into polling places and scare voters, particularly voters of color,” Abrams said. “Fair Fight 2020 is designed to anticipate all those challenges, but not just worry about them, work against them, and that’s what we learned from 2018. We cannot wait for the cavalry to come. We have to be the army, and we have to stand up now.”