Harris Claims Gillum and Abrams Should Be Governors

May 6, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) questioned the integrity of American elections Sunday, claiming the Florida and Georgia elections were unjustly decided.

Harris made the comments at the NAACP's 64th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner. She alleged the results of American elections were illegitimate, claiming "the very foundation of our democracy is under attack."

The junior senator from California told the Detroit crowd that the Supreme Court of the United States "gutted" the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

She claimed the court's decision enabled Republicans in Georgia and Florida to wrongly win the governorships through "voter suppression."

"We watched as the SCOTUS in 2013 gutted the Voting Rights Act," she said. "And then, states across our country passed laws to suppress the vote. And let's say this loud and clear: without voter suppression, Stacey Abrams would be the governor of Georgia. Andrew Gillum is the governor of Florida."

Abrams (D., Ga.), having lost her race for state office, immediately became a star in the Democratic Party, with whispers of presidential potential. Abrams refuses to concede the election.

In April, Abrams claimed Republicans "stole" the election through voter suppression. Voter turnout increased fourteen percentage points from 2014 to 2018.

"We had this little election back in 2018," Abrams told another crowd last month. "And despite the final tally and the inauguration and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have very affirmative statement to make. We won."

In an interview with New York Times Magazine, Abrams again alleged she had won.

"I feel comfortable now saying, 'I won,'" she said.

President Barack Obama's Attorney General and self-described wingman Eric Holder has also denied the legitimacy of Georgia's election.

"I tend to think Stacey Abrams won that election, you know?" he told The Root last month.

Gillum (D., Fla.) similarly cast doubt on the legitimacy of his own November election. He pointed last year to uncounted ballots, wondering if they would have changed the outcome. Unlike Abrams, he has not insisted on calling himself the rightful governor.

As Washington Free Beacon managing editor David Rutz noted, Democrats previously characterized President Donald Trump's similar concerns about election outcomes as "horrifying," "shocking" and "threatening our democracy."

Harris revives the claims in her remarks Sunday as she seeks to challenge Trump in 2020.