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  • The Stacey Abrams Myth Becomes the Democratic Catechism

    https://news.yahoo.com/stacey-abrams...103014480.html


    Stacey Abrams’s refusal to lose the Georgia gubernatorial election graciously was one of the low points of the 2018 midterms. But her insistence that Brian Kemp and the Republicans stole the election from her has now become an article of faith among Democrats.

    Democratic presidential contenders who traveled to Atlanta this week to speak to the African-American Leadership Council repeated the claim, which Abrams has made more than a dozen times since she lost to Kemp by 54,723 votes last November. In rote fashion, they repeated Abrams’s charges that the outcome was determined by “voter suppression” conducted by Kemp, who during the race was Georgia’s secretary of state.

    South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg termed the alleged suppression “racially motivated” in his remarks to the group. He said that Abrams “ought to be governor.” Throwing complaints about gerrymandering and a desire for more-restrictive campaign-finance laws (neither of which had anything to do with the outcome in Georgia) into the argument, he claimed that the conditions that led to her loss meant that “we cannot truly say we live in a democracy.”


    Not be outdone by his supposed competition for moderate Democratic-primary voters, former vice president Joe Biden raised the ante when he addressed the same group on Friday. Biden claimed that voter-integrity laws — which Kemp was legally bound to enforce — were direct descendants of Jim Crow regulations aimed at preventing African Americans from voting. Describing the GOP’s policies as a “methodical assault” on voting rights, Biden said, “voter suppression is the reason why Stacey Abrams isn’t governor right now.”

    The assertion that Abrams was cheated, like any legend, gains credibility the more it is told, and now that the presidential field is echoing the sore loser’s refrain, it is becoming harder and harder to contain. Indeed, in none of the accounts of Buttigieg and Biden’s speeches were their claims about cheating or suppression explained, let alone challenged.

    As a way of currying favor with Abrams, whose coy refusal to declare her candidacy for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat or for the presidency (unlike Beto O’Rourke, another 2018 participation-trophy winner) has put her in a position to be courted by those who are running, repeating the story in this fashion makes sense. Abrams, who is frequently mentioned as a potential running mate should a white male become the Democratic standard-bearer next year, has assumed a pose something like that of a royal pretender whose rights to someday oust the usurper — Kemp — are honored.

    But the problem with this goes beyond the fact that the story is false. Nothing Kemp did as secretary of state took victory away from Abrams. But by repeating a myth about a stolen election — and amplifying it by saying that it is a product of a national conspiracy by Republicans to prevent minorities from voting — they are doing something far worse. These claims do more to undermine confidence that American elections are free and fair than anything the Russians might have done in 2016 or are plotting to do in the future. By allowing a legend to become accepted as fact, they are chipping away at the rule of law in ways that are deluding their followers into believing that they’re living in a racist and corrupt tyranny in which the system is rigged against them.

    The irony is that this comes from the same party that spent much of the fall of 2016 warning that Donald Trump and his supporters would never accept defeat and worrying that democracy was under threat from loose talk that fraud was the only way he could lose. Democrats were not wrong to worry about the damage that kind of rhetoric does to the public’s faith in the system.

    But Democrats forgot about that as they reeled in shock and dismay when Trump won an upset Electoral College victory. They have spent the last two and a half years holding on to that grudge as they embraced claims that Russian intervention decided the election and that Trump colluded with those efforts. The fact that the Democratic base’s belief in these charges has survived largely intact, even though the Mueller probe failed to substantiate them, reveals the toxic polarization of our political culture.

    Repeating Abrams’s story does just as much harm, but, fortunately, it is far more easily debunked.

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    Did you just repost this ****? You’re the worst...

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    • #3
      Yup, L OL, waiting for the saying “buckwheat” by white person is not racist comment......

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      • #4
        Somebody update the racist terms dictionary. Todays entries will be, buckwheat, and black.

        They delete your other thread Shane?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GreatBronco16 View Post
          Somebody update the racist terms dictionary. Todays entries will be, buckwheat, and black.

          They delete your other thread Shane?
          Shane deleted it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Blueflame View Post

            Shane deleted it.
            Well dayamn.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Blueflame View Post

              Shane deleted it.
              Rofl...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Blueflame View Post

                Shane deleted it.
                its what a OP has to do when even the mods try to derail it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GreatBronco16 View Post
                  Somebody update the racist terms dictionary. Todays entries will be, buckwheat, and black.

                  They delete your other thread Shane?
                  the funny thing is they took something i said about a modern day podcast host dental work, and applied to some black and white tv show. Then spent 2 pages derailing this thread, just like they are trying now with blueflames help.

                  Thats really how dishonest these people are.

                  And it encapsulates this whole stacy abrams denial of losing an election in a nutshell. They dont want the truth they just want to get triggered at this point.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ShaneFalco View Post

                    its what a OP has to do when even the mods try to derail it.
                    You are such a loser.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ShaneFalco View Post

                      the funny thing is they took something i said about a modern day podcast host dental work, and applied to some black and white tv show. Then spent 2 pages derailing this thread, just like they are trying now with blueflames help.

                      Thats really how dishonest these people are.

                      And it encapsulates this whole stacy abrams denial of losing an election in a nutshell. They dont want the truth they just want to get triggered at this point.
                      You still don’t get it do you. And that is exactly why you are a racist. You can look in the mirror but the only person who is never wrong is you.

                      So tell us how you aren’t a racist we’re still waiting. Personally I think you should double down and go all in and post more of your not racist stuff.

                      Then insult a mod cause if you’re going to go big go big.

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                      • #12
                        Shane be like

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blueflame View Post

                          Shane deleted it.
                          L0L!

                          Just imagine how Tiki Torch Boy must sound when he's communicating with a group of his peers and doesn't feel constrained by the usual dog whistles and racist code speak.

                          Must be really ugly.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ghwk View Post

                            You still don’t get it do you. And that is exactly why you are a racist. You can look in the mirror but the only person who is never wrong is you.

                            So tell us how you aren’t a racist we’re still waiting. Personally I think you should double down and go all in and post more of your not racist stuff.

                            Then insult a mod cause if you’re going to go big go big.
                            Careful. Calling a racist "racist" is bound to get you banned in Taco John's Fun House of Q Anon Theories and Trump Worship.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TheElusiveKyleOrton View Post

                              Careful. Calling a racist "racist" is bound to get you banned in Taco John's Fun House of Q Anon Theories and Trump Worship.
                              QFT

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