Terry McAuliffe says Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, claims Kemp 'disenfranchised' voters

"She would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election," McAuliffe said.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe claimed that fellow Democrat Stacy Abrams should have won Georgia's governorship and accused current Governor Brian Kemp of having "disenfranchised" more than 1 million voters in Georgia during the state's 2018 gubernatorial election.

"She would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election," McAuliffe said as he introduced Abrams at a campaign event on Sunday, according to Fox News. "That's what happened to Stacey Abrams. They took the votes away."

At a campaign event last week, McAuliffe nodded in agreement as Abrams repeated what has been referred to as the voting rights activist's "Big Lie" in reference to the 2018 race in the Peach State.

"I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and a citizen of Georgia, I'm going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote," said Abrams.

According to Fox News, Abrams conceded that "former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election" on that election night in 2018, but she claimed that Kemp had pinned "his hopes for election on suppression of the people's democratic right to vote."

"She has repeatedly accused Kemp of abusing his position as secretary of state to suppress the vote," wrote Fox News.

A spokesperson for the Youngkin campaign slammed McAuliffe’s comments, calling into question whether he would concede if he loses to Republican rival Glenn Youngkin during next month's election.

"McAuliffe's continued claims that multiple elections were stolen raise serious doubts about whether he will accept his own impending defeat and concede when he loses to Glenn Youngkin," the spokesperson told Fox News on Sunday.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wrote for Real Clear Politics that "McAuliffe's stolen election claims should be disqualifying," noting that McAuliffe has previously claimed that the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections were stolen.

On Saturday, former President Barack Obama claimed that Republicans are "systematically preventing" Americans from voting while he was delivering a campaign speech for McAuliffe in Richmond, Virginia.

"You have to ask yourself: Why is it Republicans don't want you to vote?" the former Democrat president asked at the campaign stop.

"All across the country, Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote, not make it harder to vote, and push back on Republicans who are trying to systematically prevent ordinary citizens from making their voices heard," Obama said.

Younkin's campaign fired back at Obama, calling the former president's allegations "false statements" in a comment to Fox News on Sunday morning.

"Glenn has addressed this multiple times before Obama came to Virginia to bail Terry out, but instead of writing a story about the former President’s false statements, the press is indulging Terry’s fantasies and lies because he can’t run on his failed record and radical vision for the future," Youngkin spokesperson Christian Martinez told Fox News, responding to Obama's claims that did not specify the election integrity policies he was referring to in the campaign speech.


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