So, before we get to Stacey Abrams’ appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Wednesday night, let’s take a trip in our time machine all the way back to 2018, when she was busy refusing to concede her loss to Brian Kemp in Georgia’s gubernatorial election.
Abrams had stayed quiet for 10 days after the election while her campaign focused on getting more absentee and provisional ballots counted. Then she called a press conference at which she made a careful statement: “I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election.”
However, she declared, this was “not a speech of concession.”
Kemp’s duties at the time included overseeing the election. Abrams had been loudly critical of his policies and doubled down on those criticisms in the speech.
“You see, I’m supposed to say nice things and accept my fate. They will complain that I should not use this moment to recap what was done wrong or to demand a remedy,” she said. “And I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right.”
Okay, so that sets us up for the punchline, which is that we’re standing here in 2020 and Stacey Abrams, of all people, is criticizing President Donald Trump for refusing to concede the election.
“How many times do you think President Trump has to lose Georgia before he concedes? We’re up to three already,” said Kimmel on his show this week.
“I’m offering a fourth,” Abrams said nonsensically.
After Kimmel ran a montage of Republicans disparaging Abrams, she said, “I want one thing. That is for every eligible voter to be able to cast their ballot, for that ballot to get counted. Apparently they don’t want everyone to be counted, they don’t want everyone to vote. We just disagree. And I would say that the rest of America agrees with me.”
No, that’s where you’re very wrong, Stacey. Republicans absolutely want every ELIGIBLE vote to be counted. The problem is that Democrats want to count all of those votes and then some. And when they don’t get the “then some” part of the electorate, they make arguments like you made on Kimmel.
“We haven’t defeated voter suppression, let’s be clear. It still exists. In fact, Republicans here in Georgia are already discussing how they can reintroduce it coming in January when the legislative session starts again. But for now, we’ve been able to make it easier for eligible voters to cast their ballots. And nearly 5 million of them did. And Biden won,” she told Kimmel.
See how it works now? It reminds us of something the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage said in an interview when asked about pro wrestling’s legitimacy. “When I win it’s real, and when I lose it’s fake.” It was just a funny quip way back then, but it’s pretty much the defining motto of the Democratic Party.