Stacey Abrams Still Won’t Concede to Kemp, Claims Republicans ‘Stole’ Election

April 4, 2019 Updated: April 4, 2019

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said she still will not concede the election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, calling it a “stolen election.”

“Despite the final tally and the inauguration [of Gov. Brian Kemp] and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have a very affirmative statement to make: We won,” she told a crowd in New York. The convention that she attended was hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Abrams lost the Georgia election by 54,723 votes.

Abrams said she would not accept the results of the election, saying the GOP “stole it from the voters of Georgia.”

“Concession needs to say something is right and true and proper,” she said. “You can’t trick me into saying it was right.”

The Free Beacon pointed out that Abrams in 2016 had criticized then-presidential candidate Donald Trump for essentially doing the same thing she is doing now and slammed his “refusal to concede the election,” adding that “if he loses proves he is a petty man uninterested in our national stability.”

The Georgia election was beset by controversy as Kemp, who was Georgia’s secretary of state at the time, managed the election. According to Reuters, he resigned as secretary of state after the Nov. 6 election and didn’t oversee the review of the final ballot tally.

Kemp has denied Abrams’s allegations against him.

In November, when Kemp won the election, Abrams didn’t concede.

Governor Brian Kemp
Brian Kemp attends the Election night event at the Classic Center on Nov. 6, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“So let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action as right, true or proper,” she said, Reuters reported.

“The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward,” Kemp also wrote after the victory. “We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”

Dark Money

A recent Epoch Times report found that Abrams started a  tax-exempt organization called Fair Count Inc., which was described as a “dark money” group.

“Proud to be part of making our democracy stronger by founding FairCount—a new org working to make sure all people are counted in the upcoming census,” Abrams wrote on Twitter in announcing the group.

The organization, according to the report, is a remake of one of Abrams’s previous tax-exempt nonprofits called Third Sector Development Inc.

“Fair Count Inc. is formerly Third Sector Development Inc., and is in the process of legally changing its name. Contributions to Fair Count Inc. are tax-deductible,” the disclaimer said.

Former President Barack Obama stands with Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams during a campaign rally at Morehouse College on Nov. 2, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. Obama spoke in Atlanta to endorse Abrams and encourage Georgians to vote. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

2020?

Reports have indicated that Abrams is considering a run for president in 2020, while others said that she has been floated as a possible vice presidential candidate for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign.

However, an aide to Abrams slammed the reported Biden offer.

“What makes it particularly exploitative is that Biden couldn’t be bothered to endorse Stacey in the gubernatorial primary,” her adviser was quoted by the Free Beacon as saying. “Now he wants her to save his ass. That’s some serious entitlement.”

On March 27, Abrams was asked on “The View” about being on the ticket with Biden.

“I think you don’t run for second place,” she said, she added, “If I’m going to enter a primary, then I’m going to enter a primary.”

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