MSNBC hosts didn’t convey up former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ refusal to formally concede her 2018 election loss Tuesday as she criticized Republicans who proceed to query the legitimacy of the 2020 race.
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski launched Abrams as “fairly superb” for writing fiction novels along with “saving democracy” because of her voting group work.
Reacting to GOP-led hand recounts of votes solid in Arizona’s Maricopa County and an audit of the absentee ballots in Georgia’s Fulton County, Abrams mentioned they have been schemes meant to perpetuate the “huge lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump.
“This can be a energy seize versus any official try to enhance entry to our democracy, and that is a matter of patriotism,” she mentioned. “It’s not a difficulty of partisanship.”
Citing polls displaying a majority of Republicans don’t imagine President Biden received legitimately, Brzezinski requested how that could possibly be countered and why it was occurring.
“I really give an excessive amount of credit score to the media for refusing to repeat … the argument that there’s some query in regards to the legitimacy of the elections,” Abrams mentioned. “We now have to maintain saying this isn’t true, however we will not preserve repeating the people who find themselves posing the lies. Probably the most efficient methods to fight disinformation is to refuse to repeat it.”
Neither Brzezinski nor co-host Willie Geist talked about Abrams’ controversial response to her 2018 defeat through the interview, which additionally delved into her novels.
Abrams accused Republican opponent Brian Kemp of successfully rigging the race in opposition to her in 2018, when she misplaced by lower than 55,000 votes. Whereas Abrams acknowledged Kemp was the following governor, she accused him of systematic voter suppression because the then-secretary of state and declared she was not giving a “speech of concession.” She has repeatedly claimed within the years since that Kemp didn’t pretty win the race.
Nevertheless, voter turnout surged throughout Kemp’s tenure as secretary of state, and her claims that Kemp “purged” lively voters didn’t maintain as much as scrutiny. Rural precinct closings have been outdoors his workplace’s purview, and regardless of her rhetoric questioning the election end result, Abrams has loved extremely constructive media protection and grow to be a Democratic Celebration star since her marketing campaign to grow to be the nation’s first Black feminine governor.
Biden narrowly received Arizona and Georgia, the primary time a Democratic presidential candidate had claimed the states since 1996 and 1992, respectively. Trump has repeatedly mentioned the 2020 election was fraudulent and rigged in opposition to him, however has not confirmed his allegations and met a number of defeats in courtroom. He by no means formally conceded his loss to Biden.