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Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will miss President Biden’s voting rights speech in Atlanta and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asserted on Tuesday that she is skipping the landmark event because she “obviously doesn’t want to be on the same stage as Joe Biden.”
“I am not criticizing Stacey Abrams here,” Scarborough insisted. “I am making a comment about the political standing of Joe Biden as seen from a woman who’s running for governor of Georgia and wants to win that election. Politicians show up with presidents when they have 52% approval ratings. Politicians don’t show up with presidents when their approval ratings may be in the 30s in the state…”
“This is politics 101. I find it fascinating, and it speaks less to Stacey Abrams, that really does, than it does what she perceives Joe Biden’s political standing to be in the state of Georgia right now, that she’s not showing up in an event that was custom-made for her” he noted, pointing out that Abrams is “on the forefront of everything we are talking about today.”
“All the more reason you’d think she would be there unless she thought it didn’t help her campaign running for governor of Georgia,” he added.
“The fight for voting rights takes persistence. As MLK exhorted, ‘The clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now before it is too late.’ Thank you, @POTUS, for refusing to relent until the work is finished. Welcome back to Georgia where we get good done,” Abrams tweeted on Monday while bowing out of the event.
The fight for voting rights takes persistence. As MLK exhorted, “The clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now before it is too late.” Thank you, @POTUS, for refusing to relent until the work is finished. Welcome back to Georgia where we get good done. #FTVA #JLVRAA
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) January 10, 2022
REPORTER: "Will Stacey Abrams be joining the president during any of these remarks?"
PSAKI: "There will be a number of elected officials joining us…" pic.twitter.com/Yb0LvrQeDf
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 10, 2022
Abrams is claiming she is not going to attend due to a scheduling conflict.
“There’s bad, and then there’s ‘Gubernatorial candidate in a state you carried cancels on you’ bad,’” Ben Williamson, an adviser for former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows tweeted. He included a post from New York Times reporter Nick Coransanti, who cited an Abrams aide.
There’s bad, and then there’s “Gubernatorial candidate in a state you carried cancels on you” bad https://t.co/M6keAmCrPk
— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) January 11, 2022
Conservatives seized on the outpoint. Considering Biden’s pivot from his failing message on the pandemic and those such as Pelosi, Schumer, and Harris claiming that voting rights are THE most important issue facing Democrats, many found it unbelievable that she would back out of the event. That is especially true since she is a proclaimed voting rights activist.
“Still can’t get over this,” Republican communicator Matt Whitlock tweeted. “How toxic does Biden have to be for Stacey Abrams to be like ‘ah sorry I have other plans’ for an event about her *signature issue.*”
Civiqs has Biden’s approval at -28 in a Georgia if that tells you anything at all. https://t.co/6r5pGPZtiu pic.twitter.com/dDWRMdZVGC
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) January 11, 2022
Abrams is not the only Democrat shunning Biden. The New York Times report also pointed out that his speech on Tuesday in Atlanta would be missing a number of notable individuals.
Among the groups planning to skip the speech are the Asian American Advocacy Fund, Black Voters Matter, GALEO Impact Fund Inc., and New Georgia Project Action Fund reportedly because they believe that Biden hasn’t done enough.
Cliff Albright, who is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, told CNN on Monday, “We don’t need even more photo ops. We need action, and that action is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights (Advancement) Act as well as the Freedom to Vote Act, and we need that immediately.”
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Biden will grace the stage in Georgia with Vice President Kamala Harris to push the voting rights act. They will also visit Ebenezer Baptist Church and place a wreath at the crypt of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King in a racially motivated photo-op.
“The president will forcefully advocate for protecting the most bedrock American right, the right to vote and have your voice counted in a free and fair and secure election that is not tainted by partisan manipulation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, promoting Biden’s push for federalizing elections to ostensibly keep Democrats in power permanently.
Biden has repeatedly asserted that he doesn’t support nixing the filibuster. But desperation in politics makes compromising your stances uber easy. Now he is saying he is open to carving out an exception (just this once) to the filibuster rule in order to shove through the voting rights act.
Axing the filibuster would lower the typical 60-vote threshold for passage to 50. In the equally split Senate, Harris could then break a tie, allowing Democrats to pass the act, bypassing Republican objections.
Conservatives were all over Abrams for the excuse she gave for not attending Biden’s speech:
— Stephe96 (@Stephe96) January 10, 2022
— Lord Woodstone (Toss all MAPS out the airlock) (@EricMertz_KC) January 10, 2022
— Stephen Lawson (@StephenLawson_) January 10, 2022
Because he’s toxic
— Chris Kelley (@KelleyNorth) January 10, 2022
In other words, even Stacey Abrams knows it’s political suicide to be linked to Joe
— Jon Johnson (@JonJohn32137844) January 10, 2022
What could possibly be more important than meeting with the Leader of the Free World on a topic you are most known for promoting, @staceyabrams? #gapol
— GiraffinMeCrazy (@GiraffinC) January 10, 2022
Stacey can't change her schedule to stand with Biden and Harris as they discuss her top priority?
— Katharine Cooksey Noyes (@Cooksey__) January 10, 2022
This is a very notable absence. https://t.co/AMhpLpmO2J
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) January 10, 2022
Is it an imaginary conflict to go along with her imaginary duties as imaginary Governor?
— Scottergate (@Scottergate) January 10, 2022
Lol. When the gap tooth “governor” abandons your incompetent ass, you know you done f@cked everything all up
— DimeAnd5 (@DimeAnd5) January 10, 2022
This is turning into an absolute disaster for Biden/Harris.
At what point do they just cancel the trip altogether? https://t.co/3cx3jOYIGA
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) January 10, 2022
The lady who thinks an election was stolen from her has better things to do? https://t.co/Hjbg3wrfTT
— t johnson (@retsyn) January 10, 2022
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