A two-year-old tweet from incoming White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre falsely claimed the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election was “stolen” by Republican Brian Kemp from Democrat Stacey Abrams.
April 2, 2020 post The resurfaced Monday, days after President Biden tapped Jean-Pierre as his administration’s new spokesman, replacing outgoing Jen Psaki.
“Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgian & Stacey Abrams,” Jean-Pierre tweeted with a link to a story about Kemp’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abrams accused Kemp, who was Georgia’s secretary of state at the time of the 2018 vote, of illegally suppressing Democratic totals by purge the rolls of eligible voters to use his position as Peach State’s top election official. used for.
Despite Abrams’ claims, turnout in the election was higher than the historical average, FiveThirtyEight reported.
A group of conservative voices called out Jean-Pierre for the tweet. I
Kelly Loeffler, Reacted on Twitter, losing her Senate seat to Democrat Rafael Warnock in a special election in January 2021.
“Biden’s incoming press secretary falsely claims that the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election was stolen from Stacey Abrams,” Loeffler said in a posting. “Will the media mark this as an attack on our democracy?”
molly hemingwayThe editor-in-chief of The Federalist, said that Jean-Pierre’s comments echoed the sentiments of many prominent Democrats.
“If questioning the results of the election were a crime, the entire Democrat Party and the entire media complex would be in jail,” she said.
diamond and silkwho hosts a show on Newsmax, asked Jean-Pierre to clarify about the election, writing: “Please stop telling a lie. Stacey Abrams Lost!”
Abrams and his supporters filed a federal lawsuit over Georgia’s handling of the elections, and the trial began last month.
Georgia’s current Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger has said the lawsuit is an attempt to undermine the integrity of the Georgia elections.
“Almost all of Abrams’ claims have already been debunked, and the remaining claims are nowhere close to what he alleged in his non-concessional speech after the 2018 election,” Riffensperger said last month. “His three-year ‘stolen election’ campaign is nothing more than a political stunt to keep him in the national spotlight, and it is a disservice to the electorate.”
Kemp and Abrams are currently set to face off in a gubernatorial rematch later this year.