Another day… another politician’s baseless accusations to unite Americans against police.
On Tuesday, a former candidate for governor of Georgia accused the Republican National Committee of planning to send off-duty police officers into minority polling centers to “scare voters, particularly voters of color.”
The statements came when Stacey Abrams made an appearance on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’, where she claimed that the RNC just changed the rules in order to sway the 2020 election results.
Her statements were bold and heavily accusatory.
“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,” Abrams said on the MSNBC program. “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.”
Monitoring their votes? First of all, this seems altogether farfetched. Why would off-duty officers agree to go attempt to intimidate people in hopes that it would affect their vote? And furthermore, why would anyone’s private vote actually be swayed by a third-party statement?
This sounds like something out of a movie.
Not to mention, this essentially paints police officers as racist minions being used by Republicans, which is the exact type of narrative being pushed so strongly by the left.
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“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 claimed. “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.”
“We have to be the army,” she said in an apparent attempt to mobilize people who share her mindset. Furthermore, the Georgia Democrat says that if asked, she would agree to run for Vice President of the United States in 2020… by any Democratic candidate.
Abrams lost the 2018 Georgia election to become governor, and has since been saying that she was defeated only due to a crooked election system over voter regulations inside the state.
‘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,’ the Free Beacon reported
“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.”
The RNC fired back against Abrams’ accusations.
“What she’s saying is totally baseless and irresponsible,” said RNC Communications Director Michael Ahrens. “The RNC’s job is getting more people to vote, not less. If Abrams actually cared about the integrity of elections, she’d finally concede the governor’s race she lost by 55,000 votes. Even liberal election law experts have dismissed her claims as irresponsible and without merit.”
PolitiFact reported that Richard Hasen, an election law expert at University of California, Irvine, has said Democrats should cool it with rhetoric that the Georgia race was “stolen.”
“I have seen no good evidence that the suppressive effects of strict voting and registration laws affected the outcome of the governor’s races in Georgia and Florida,” he told PolitiFact. “It would be one thing to claim, as some have, that these laws are aimed to suppress the vote and likely suppressed some votes. It is quite another to claim that there is good proof they affected the outcome.”
Abrams’ newest initiative for the 2020 election is called ‘Fair Fight 2020’, which aims to cut down on so-called “widespread irregularities that characterized the Georgia gubernatorial race, including inaccurate voter rolls, shortages of voting machines and provisional ballots, and lack of uniform rules for counting absentee ballots.”
I am excited to announce the launch of #FairFight2020, a comprehensive initiative to staff, fund, and train voter protection teams on-the-ground in battleground states across the country.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 13, 2019
Abrams says her opponents are “hard at work dismantling democracy,” and that her new push will help ensure that no fraud will occur during the next election.
We have a few questions for Abrams. Who told you that this would happen? Where have you found ‘off-duty officers’ that are willing to risk their careers and reputation to try and intimidate voters? How can you turn around and blame police for your failed campaign?
Until the election, this is just another example of police being thrown under the bus in society’s eye.