President Donald Trump said that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wants to ax the Second Amendment and allow illegal immigrants to vote and hold political office as he continued to assail her on Sunday as too radical to lead Georgia.
Trump had previously claimed, without offering examples, that Abrams, the first African-American woman from either major party to be nominated for governor, is not ‘qualified’ to hold office and will not be elected, despite having the support of Oprah.
Abrams called the comments ‘vapid and shallow’ on a Sunday morning program.
Trump told a Macon, Georgia, crowd in the afternoon, ‘Stacey Abrams is one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country, you know that.’
Trump said Stacey Abrams wants to ax the Second Amendment and allow illegal immigrants to vote and hold political office
Trump told a Macon, Georgia, crowd in the afternoon, ‘Stacey Abrams is one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country’
Macron, Georgia is Trump’s latest stop ahead of the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday
Abrams is facing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in Tuesday’s election.
Winfrey campaigned for Abrams in Georgia on Thursday. Barack Obama spoke at a rally on her behalf on Saturday.
In a riff on the talk show host, Trump said he was on her show during it’s final week, and they had always gotten along — until he sought the Oval Office, that is.
‘I think they’re trying to burn the tape,’ he jested. ‘Oprah was here to endorse Stacey, and I’m here to endorse Brian.’
Trump said Sunday before the rally amid a controversial voting investigation the Republican nominee is conducting in the state that Kemp will be a ‘great executive’ and Georgia would go ‘backwards’ if Abrams is elected.
‘He studied for this job for a longtime. He will be a great executive, and he will keep Georgia on the path it is going, which is up,’ Trump told reporters as he left the White House en route to his campaign rally with Kemp.
Trump reiterated his belief that Abrams, who would become first black, female governor in the nation’s history if she’s victorious on Tuesday, is not fit for office.
‘If she gets in, Georgia goes backwards,’ Trump said. ‘If he gets in, Georgia goes forward.’
Abrams, meanwhile, smacked President Trump on Sunday as ‘vapid and shallow’ over his claim that she’s ‘unqualified’ told hold the office she’s seeking.
The former minority leader of the Georgia House and Yale Law School graduate noted on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that she’s a former civic leader and a tax attorney.
President Donald Trump doubled down on the qualifications of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp amid a controversial voting investigation and again questioned Democrat Stacey Abrams’ qualifications
‘I find his assessments to be vapid and shallow. I am the most qualified candidate,’ she said on Sunday morning. ‘There is no one more qualified standing for this office in Georgia. And I look forward to having the voters of Georgia say the same.’
Abrams said that the GOP is attacking her credentials, because they’re running ‘scared’ in the statewide election.
But in Macon, the president offered a host of reasons why Abrams’ positions are too far to the left for Georgia and she shouldn’t be promoted.
He said the Second Amendment is ‘under siege’ and ‘Stacey and her friends will get rid of it.’
‘Please give us all guns right now,’ he said, doing an impression of Democrats. ‘She supports a socialist take over of healthcare, which means you will never be able to see your doctor.’
He used the healthcare jab to as a segue into a slap at Obama, who has hit the trail hard in the final days of the midterms to campaign for Democrats.
‘And just like President Obama — I’m going to be very nice, did not tell the truth,’ he said. ‘Keep your doctor, you can keep your plan, he said it 28 times,’ Trump said. ‘You put Stacey in there, and you’re gonna have Georgia turn into Venezuela. And I don’t think the people of Georgia like that.’
Laying into Abrams, he said, ‘I spoke to law enforcement, I spoke to everybody [she] is really weak on crime, really weak on crime. That’s not what you need. She wants to end the death penalty for even the most vicious and ruthless killers.’
‘She even, listen to this, voted to allow illegal aliens to hold public office,’ he said.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, poised to become the first black woman in the governor’s mansion if she’s victorious on Tuesday, smacked President Trump as ‘vapid and shallow’ over his claim that she’s ‘unqualified’ for office
The race was in a dead heat leading into Election Day, with Kemp up by a single point in the Real Clear Politics average. It was a statistical heat in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll this week
Trump assessed in front of reporters at the White House on Thursday that she’s not ‘qualified’ for the job but didn’t say why believes that. He’s seen here on Saturday in Belgrade, Montana
Trump posited that illegal immigration is a serious issue, because migrants are likely to vote for Democrats, if they become U.S. citizens.
‘You know that’s one the big deal here. They like them coming in, because we’re winning. And they figure, if enough of them come in, eventually they’ll e able to vote, and they’re going to vote for the Democrats,’ he said. ‘We can’t let this happen. For other reasons too, but we can’t let that happen.’
The president’s comments about Abrams and Kemp and their qualifications came as the Georgia secretary of state’s office launched an investigation into the state’s Democratic Party, just two days before voters decide between him and Abrams.
Kemp, the Georgia secretary of state, has claimed the Democratic Party of Georgia attempted to hack the state’s voter registration system — yet has provided no evidence to support the charge. The secretary of state’s office is refusing to supply any details, as well, and the Democratic Party is denying the unverified allegation.
‘While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes,’ Candice Broce, press secretary, to Kemp, said in a statement. ‘We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure.’
Abrams on CNN said that the hadn’t heard about the alleged hacking attempt.
‘And my reaction would be that this is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties and have forced him to accept absentee ballots to be counted and those who are being held captive by the exact match system to be allowed to vote,’ she said. ‘Because we’re going to outwork him, we’re going to out vote him, and we’re going to win.’
She has called on Kemp to resign as secretary of state over alleged voter suppression tactics that have made it more difficult for African-American voters to cast ballots.
Georgia’s Democratic Party said it was not even aware of the ‘so-called investigation’ until an official statement was released by Kemp’s office on Sunday morning
Abrams, who is neck-and-neck against Kemp in the polls, has called the claim a ‘desperate ploy’ to distract voters before Election Day
‘He is desperate to turn the conversation away from his failures, from his refusal to honor his commitments, and from the fact that he’s part of a nationwide system of voter suppression that will not work in this election,’ she said on Sunday.
Georgia is litigating its voter identification rules requiring information to be a precise match to the Social Security Administration’s listing for an individual to cast a ballot in the mid-term election.
A federal judge in an injunction on Friday said that Georgia must ease up on the rules that bar individuals from casting a ballot if there’s even a slight variation, caused sometimes by a data entry problem, such as a missing hyphen or spelling error.
Georgians who show proof of citizenship must be allowed to vote on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor L. Ross said.
Kemp’s office says it has already been living up to that standard in early voting.
According to the Associated Press, more than 51,100 Georgians will be affected this election by the issue that could prevent them from casting a ballot, if they do not bring the proper documents.
The race was in a dead heat leading into Election Day, with Kemp up by a single point in the Real Clear Politics average. An Atlanta Journal Constitution poll had the race tied.
Star power has put a national spotlight on the contest, with Will Ferrell, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama flocking to the state to help Abrams. Vice President Mike Pence campaigned in Georgia this week for Kemp.
Winfrey in her appearance on Thursday recounted the history of voter suppression as she urged African-Americans to go to the polls on Election Day.
‘I’m here today I’m here for the men who were lynched and humiliated and discriminated against and suppressed,’ she said. ‘For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote wherever you are in this state or this country, you are dishonoring your family.’
Obama said in a barn-burning speech at Morehouse, a Historically Black College and University, that that the other side is ‘trying to scare you with all sorts of bogeymen, trying to scare you with all kinds of divisive issues.’
He accused Republicans of ‘repeated, constant, incessant, nonstop attempts to divide us.’
The former minority leader of the Georgia House and Yale Law School graduate noted on NBC’s Meet the Press (pictured that she’s a former civic leader and a tax attorney
President Trump is rallying Republicans in the state this afternoon for candidate Brain Kemp. Pictured: Kemp speaks as Abrams look on during a debate in Atlanta, October 2018
The former president went after Kemp’s office specifically for ‘trying to disenfranchise people and take away the right to vote’ and took a dig at the Republican candidate for bailing on Sunday evening’s debate to campaign with the president.
‘What is he afraid of?’ Obama asked. ‘He’s afraid of Stacey, I guess.’
President Trump was rallying Republicans in the state on Sunday afternoon at his first of two back-to-back events less than 48 hours before the polls open nationwide.
In Georgia, early voting began in the middle of October and ended on November 2. More than two million people cast ballots in that time frame, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
A white nationalist group that had been targeting another African-American gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, in Florida, started running robocalls in Georgia on Friday impersonating Winfrey and making racist and anti-Semitic claims in an effort to hurt Abrams’ candidacy.
Abrams’ strategic communications coordinator, Abigail Collazo, linked the hateful calls to Trump’s visit to Georgia, saying in a statement provided to CNN, ‘These automated calls are being sent into homes just days before President Trump arrives, reminding voters exactly who is promoting a political climate that celebrates this kind of vile, poisonous thinking.’
‘Over the last few weeks we’ve seen increasing desperation from many dark corners trying to steal the election, cheat, lie, and prey on people’s fears rather than having the respect to listen to voters and speak to their hopes,’ she said.
Trump said that Gillum is ‘not equipped’ to be governor during a Saturday night rally in Pensacola. He didn’t say why he believes the Tallahassee mayor does not have the qualifications to lead the state, although he has attacked Gillum on Twitter for alleged ethics violations.
Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama headlined events for Abrams in Georgia on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Pictured: Winfrey and Abrams greet the audience at a town hall style event at the Cobb Civic Center on Thursday in Marietta, Georgia
Trump assessed in front of reporters at the White House on Thursday that Abrans is not ‘qualified’ for the job in Georgia but didn’t say why he believes that.
‘I’ve always liked Oprah. You know, Oprah is good. But the woman that she’s supporting is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia, by any stretch of the imagination,’ he asserted. ‘And I think Brian is going to be a great governor of Georgia. I think he’ll be a fantastic governor. He’s totally qualified.’
Obama argued on Saturday that Abrams is the ‘most experienced, most qualified’ candidate in the race.
‘As President Obama pointed out, I am the most qualified candidate running, if you look at both my academic background, my work history,’ Abrams said Sunday, echoing the former president on CNN. ‘I have been deputy city attorney. I was the Democratic leader for seven years. I have been successful as a businesswoman, as a writer, and as a tax attorney.’
She added: ‘I know what I’m talking about, and I have the plans to prove it.’
Trump ignored a question from the pool as he boarded Air Force One for Macon about his diss on Abrams. He told reporters at the White House, however, that Kemp is ‘running a great campaign’ and he’s ‘studied for this job for a long time’ as he fielded questions before his departure.
The president said that he has no knowledge of the hacking incident outlined by Kemp’s office, and when asked if he believes there was voter suppression in Georgia, he said he did not.
‘A lot of people are voting, and I think a lot of Republicans are voting because they want to see Georgia go forward, not go backward,’ he said. ‘If she gets in, Georgia is going backward. If he gets in, Georgia goes forward. And that’s what people want.’