Georgia’s Raffensperger confronted after attempt to blame Stacey Abrams for Trump’s election lies
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's attempt to plug his book on MSNBC's "The Sunday Show" went sideways this morning as host Jonathan Capehart called him out for dragging Stacey Abrams into Donald Trump's claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Republican Raffensperger has been making the cable rounds to promote his book "Integrity Counts" and appeared to try to blame Abrams for Trump's attempt to steal the election when speaking with MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian on Saturday -- only to have Vossoughian cut him off.
On Sunday, Capehart blindsided the Republican with the clip from Saturday and asked him to explain himself for claiming, "If you look at what Stacey Abrams did, she lost the state of Georgia in 2018 by 55,000 votes. She questioned the legitimacy of our elections. She actually set the table along with all the leaders, national Democrat leaders that supported Stacey Abrams in her big lie and set the table for President Trump to ramp it up and take it to the next level."
"Is it not dangerous and disingenuous to equate questioning legitimate voter suppression with false claims of voter fraud?" Capehart pressed. "And couldn't you be doing more to convince voters that our elections are safe and secure?"
"Well, that's the point," the Republican parried. "Elections are safe and secure in Georgia. I think it is really disingenuous when the left has not really fessed up to the part they played when Hillary Clinton and the other people supported Stacey Abrams."
"Three weeks ago in Virginia, she said sometimes when you win, you haven't won-- what is that all about?" he continued. "It has been three and a half years since we had the governor's race here in Georgia and they lost by 55,000 votes. President Trump then did a flip side and talked about voter fraud, but neither one of them were supported by the facts. We have record registrations, record turnout, 4 million for the governor's race in '18 and 5 million for the presidential race last year."
"We now have 17 days of early voting, we have no excuse for absentee voting, we have election day voting, we have record registrations, and we have safe and secure elections," he insisted. "It is not helpful for either party. They need to realize, when you lose, you lose. Accept the facts you have lost and move on. If you want to run again, by all means, but accept the results of the results."
"For a lot of people listening, they have not forgotten the fact that her [Abram's] opponent in that election was also the secretary of state in Georgia, the referee in that election," the MSNBC host pointed out.
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