Although the mainstream media frequently vilifies Republicans who express concerns about the validity of the 2020 presidential race as “election deniers,” Democrats typically do not receive the same scrutiny for similarly questioning the outcome of elections.
2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, for example, famously declared herself the winner of her race against GOP candidate Brian Kemp even after the race had been called for the Republican.
While some conservative critics denounced her rhetoric at the time and in the years since, she largely received a pass in the press. As she gears up for a second race against Kemp, clips of her statements have recently resurfaced on social media, prompting a related question from co-host Sunny Hostin during a recent appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
“When you lost in 2018, you didn’t traditionally concede, which I appreciated because you cited voter suppression,” Hostin began. “Are you confident that this will be a free and fair election, and not a repeat performance of what happened before?”
The co-host gave her guest plenty of room to hide behind claims of voter suppression, but Abrams nevertheless sought to rewrite history by claiming that she “never denied” that she lost the race.
“I don’t live in the governor’s mansion,” she said. “I would have noticed.”
Abrams referenced “this clip that’s going around,” acknowledging that it includes her claim that she lost the election.
“What I was referring to was that we won in terms of communities that were long left out of the electoral process finally participating in ‘18 in outstanding numbers,” she claimed.
While she reiterated that she is “not the governor,” she also repeated her persistent allegation that “the election wasn’t fair to voters.”
Comparing her latest remarks on “The View” with repeated comments in the wake of the 2018 election, the Republican National Committee came to a clear conclusion: “She’s lying.”
Stacey Abrams is again claiming she "never denied that she lost” the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.
She’s lying. ROLL THE TAPE! pic.twitter.com/NytEqfIN6x
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 14, 2022
Abrams’s claims that her victory was stolen continued into the year after the election, including in an interview with The New York Times in April 2019.
“Now, I cannot say that everybody who tried to cast a ballot would’ve voted for me, but if you look at the totality of the information, it is sufficient to demonstrate that so many people were disenfranchised and disengaged by the very act of the person who won the election that I feel comfortable now saying, ‘I won.’”