“We know that increased turnout has nothing to do with suppression. Suppression is about whether or not you make it difficult for voters to access the ballot. And in Georgia, we know difficulty has been put in place for too many Georgians who vote by mail, who had to figure out a calendar of applying just early enough but not too late. You had to have wet signatures so they could print things out. Take a picture, upload it.”
—-Now official Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams, huminahumina-ing her explanation for why the “vote suppression” law she said was an attack on democracy somehow didn’t seem to affect the voting in yesterday’s Georgia primaries, which saw record turn-out in both parties.
The school shooting in Texas luckily knocked Abrams’ doubletalk out of the news, though the mainstream media wouldn’t have reported on it anyway: Mustn’t reveal Stacey for the fake she is!
During a press conference yesterday Abrams leaped into “It Isn’t What It Is” infamy by responding with the above gibberish after a mean reporter asked how she explained the record voter turnout after the Georgia law she had condemned (and used to get Major League Baseball to pull its All-Star Game from Atlanta) was enacted. She argued that just because more voters came to the polls under the voter-suppressing new law than under the previous rules didn’t mean that the law didn’t suppress votes. You see, she explained, there is no causal relationship between turnout and suppression, and turnout is actually the “antidote” to suppression.
Sure Stacey. The fact is that if what is claimed to be “voter suppression” doesn’t appear to suppress the vote in fact, there is no evidence that it is voter suppression, and considerable evidence that it is not. Abrams’ logic is like claiming that just because you gain 50 pounds on a diet, that doesn’t mean the diet isn’t working. [Parlor Game: What are other analogies for Abrams’ claim?]
I hate to appear to be picking on Abrams, but she is as annoying an example of a public fraud as I have ever seen, posing as brilliant truth-teller and constantly tripping herself up. And yet she is the party’s nominee for governor of Georgia.
She will get the Facts Don’t Matter vote, that’s for sure.