Texas Sen. Ted Cruz set former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on her heels during a hearing in the Senate on voter suppression Tuesday. Cruz drilled down on Abrams’s previous claims that the Georgia governorship was “stolen” from her via voter suppression, according to The Washington Times.
“The percentage of black Georgians who are registered to vote in 2018 is 64.7%. That compares to 60.2% as the national average, the percentage of Georgians who voted in 2018, the election you claim was stolen from you, was 56.3%. That’s higher than the national average of 48%,” Cruz told Abrams on Tuesday.
“Let me ask you this, Miss Abrams. In 2018, do you know which demographic group in Georgia had the highest registration percentage and the highest turnout percentage?”
Abrams deferred to Cruz on the answer, who went on to say that: “The answer is African Americans had the highest registration and the highest turnout despite your claiming that the election was stolen and there was somehow voter suppression.”
“You still refuse to concede that you lost the race for governor in Georgia in 2018. You have said that quote, you ‘do not concede that the process was proper.’ And that quote, ‘They stole it from the voters of Georgia.’ Yes or no: Today, do you still maintain that the 2018 Georgia election was stolen?” Cruz asked Abrams at one point during her testimony before the upper chamber of Congress.
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“As I’ve always said, I acknowledged at the very beginning that I did. Brian Kemp won under the rules that were in place, but I object to our rules that permitted thousands of Georgia voters to be denied their participation in this election, without their votes cast out,” Abrams responded. “But I will continue to advocate for a system that permits every eligible Georgian to cast their ballots.”
Cruz didn’t let her get by with any circumvention, however, asking her to “please answer the question I asked, which is to use yes or no. Do you still maintain the 2018 election was stolen, that’s your language?”
“My full language was that it was stolen from the voters of Georgia. Brian Kemp won under the rules that were in place. I will continue to disagree with the system until it is fixed. We do not know what they would have done because not every eligible Georgian was permitted to participate fully in the election,” she responded.
Tuesday’s interaction with Cruz wasn’t the former state representatives only snafu of late. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham weighed in on another of Abram’s great “victories” of late during her “Ingraham Angle” monologue on Friday saying that the top Democratic figure in the state may well have hurt her own cause with the corporate blowback that the new election law has caused.
“It turns out that bowing down to the social justice warriors really is a dangerous, self-defeating strategy,” Ingraham said. “Case in point: Democrats’ lies about Georgia’s voter integrity law, equating it to Jim Crow, sent all sorts of far-left activists down the ‘Boycott Georgia’ warpath. Including that fringe figure, that guy President Joe Biden, who eagerly jumped on the Punish-Georgia train in an interview with ESPN.”
Moments later Ingraham credited Abrams as being “the mastermind behind this fraudulent attack on Georgia’s voter ID law, has also been caught in a trap of her own making.”
“To our friends across the country, please do not boycott us …” Abrams said in a clip played on the show.
“I understand the passion of those calling for boycotts of Georgia following the passage of SB 202, but here’s the thing. Black, Latino, AAPI, and Native American voters whose votes are most suppressed under SB 202 are also the most likely to be hurt by potential boycotts of Georgia.”
Ingraham went on, “None of this makes any sense. Here’s a question for Ms. Abrams: if Georgia really is trying to resurrect the evils of Jim Crow and segregation, then how could businesses remain there in good conscience? Shouldn’t everyone, even low-income voters, have to sacrifice to force businesses to get in line?”