One of the legitimate critiques in the media of President Trump is that he has continued to feed and stoke grievances to keep people angry. There seems to be a deliberate effort to keep people angry and divided. There must always be a villain. The media, more often than not, overplays all this, but there is some legitimacy to the critique.
It is also what losing Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is doing. Speaking to a progressive group in Washington, Abrams declared that she won in 2018. That has to come as news to everyone considering she was in Washington instead of the Governor’s Mansion last week.
Abrams then claimed that “black people faced hour-long lines — up to 4 hours — waiting to cast their ballots.” Her implication was that white voters did not face long lines. Abrams has repeated done this since her loss. In fact, white voters faced the same long lines as black voters. The problems on Election Day transcended racial lines and had nothing to do with racial discrimination.
Abrams went on to clearly suggest the system was stacked against black voters and Republicans were doing it intentionally. I have no doubt a lot of Democrats truly believe that. The problem is this is a grievance fueled by distortions, misrepresentations, and lies. It is Abrams’ path to 2022. She intends to keep people as divided as possible with racial grievances. If the state burns down in racial hostility, she will gladly serve as Governor of the ashes.
In fact, the pattern here is pretty interesting. Of the 53,000 voters who got held up in the system for verifying voter registrations, 14,000 came from voter registration drives that Abrams conducted prior to the 2018 election. Those registration forms were held because of wrong addresses, social security information, or other bad data. Most importantly, the people supposedly affected have never come forward to fix their forms, which raises all sorts of questions about their legitimacy.
The voter lines on Election Day happened in counties controlled by Democrats. Local government are responsible for conducting elections in Georgia and those counties failed to invest in new voting machines. Republicans did not cause those long lines. Additionally, some machines were secured in a federal facility as evidence in a federal court case filed by Democrats. Even the laws Abrams complained about were laws enacted by Democrats in the late nineties. Some of the Democrats who voted for those laws are still in the state legislature and Abrams herself made no effort to scrap those laws when she was in the legislature.
The pattern is actually pretty interesting. Abrams, outside groups supporting Abrams, and Democrat officials created problems that caused long lines, delays in voter registration, purging of voter rolls, and rejection of absentee ballots. Republicans, like Brian Kemp, simply complied with laws enacted by Democrats. Once the problems occurred, Abrams and her acolytes then screamed loudly that Republicans were suppressing the vote in racially discriminatory manners. It is no different than Wile E. Coyote complaining about falling in a hole he himself created to capture the Road Runner.
If Republicans had the audacity to raise these grievances, the media would have a field day with the hypocrisy. But Abrams came close in 2018, closer than Beto O’Rourke against Ted Cruz in Texas. So now Abrams is capitalizing on white liberal reporters’ guilt over failing to pay attention to her in 2018. Those reporters who get outraged by the President exploiting grievances are giving her a pass.