Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee today during a hearing on "Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote," voting rights activist Stacey Abrams told Senator Ted Cruz that she maintains that the 2018 election in Georgia was stolen.
Cruz asked "It's been over two years, and 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?"
"As I have always said,"Abrams began, "I acknowledge at the very beginning that Brian Kemp won under the rules that were in place. What I object to are rules that permitted thousands of Georgia voters to be denied their participation in this election, and had their votes cast out.
"So I will continue to disagree with the system until it is fixed. We have seen marked progress made and unfortunately it was undone in SB 202, but I will continue to advocate for a system that permit every eligible Georgian to cast their ballots—"
Cruz interrupted, and asked her to "yes or no," answer his question as to whether or not she believes that the 2018 election was stolen, saying "that's your language."
"My full language was that it was stolen from the voters of Georgia,"Abrams said, we do not know what they would have done because not every eligible Georgian was permitted to participate fully in the election."
Cruz brought up Abrams quotes to The New York Times about her feelings that the election was stolen, and asked about Georgia's average voter participation. Abrams conceded that in fact Georgia has a higher voter participation than the national average.
Cruz noted that the number of black Georgia voters who were registered at the time was over 64 percent, and the percentage who cast their votes was also substantially higher than the national average. Black voters had the highest voter registration and the highest turnout in 2018, Cruz noted, flying in the face of Abrams claims as to voter suppression in the election that lost her the governorship of the state.