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November 19, 2018

‘Undermining Democracy,’ Democrat Style

It’s all over but the recriminations in the Georgia and Florida elections.

Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Democrats Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum conceded (Gillum for the second time after reneging) their respective races for governor, and Sen. Bill Nelson has given in to mathematical reality in the Florida Senate race. Despite recounts (including by hand in the Senate contest), lawsuits, judicial activism, a serially corrupt Democrat election official in Broward County, and nonstop Leftmedia hoopla, all three Democrats failed in their attempts to steal election victories. But they did succeed in one critical goal: subverting election integrity in the minds of their constituents.

As we said Friday, Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election have nothing on Democrat schemes to undermine election integrity.

Clearly, Florida has some work to do to shore up election laws. But Georgia may be the more troublesome state. Abrams rose to prominence by running massive voter registration drives in order to flood Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office with perhaps fraudulent registrations, only to cry racism when Kemp, who also happened to be her gubernatorial opponent, worked to sort it out.

That narrative is so key to her entire campaign that she isn’t going to let it go in defeat. She’s launching a political action committee called Fair Fight Georgia, which she will use to wage a legal battle. “Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession,” Abrams said. “In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions.”

In her speech announcing she wouldn’t actually concede but rather found “no further viable remedy,” Abrams also expounded her narrative: “Trust in our democracy relies on believing that there are good actors who are making this happen. And [Brian Kemp] was a horrible actor who benefited from his perfidy. That’s problematic. … Will I say this election was not tainted, was not a disinvestment and a disenfranchisement of thousands of voters? I will not say that.” Abrams admonished her supporters not to give up just because the process was “as rotten and rigged as you’ve always believed.”

Furthermore, the abortion-supporting Abrams added, “Something being legal does not make it right.”

Georgia voters best prepare for future election cycles to replay this manufactured grievance, as Democrats work to rally their urban Atlanta base with fairy tales of voter suppression in hopes of turning the Peach State blue.

P.S. Remember when Democrats lambasted Donald Trump for musing that he might not accept the 2016 election results if Hillary Clinton’s corruption and voter fraud won the day? Those same Democrats went on to create a two-year narrative of “Russian collusion” to undermine Trump’s victory. They’re using that playbook again in Georgia. “If [Abrams] had a fair election, she … would have won,” Clinton declared. As usual, Clinton’s account of What Happened isn’t exactly reliable.

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