Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger received a phone call after the 2020 election, pressuring him to find a way to flip the outcome in his state. That call didn’t come from Stacey Abrams, It came from Donald Trump, who was the President of the United States at the time, and had just lost his bid for re-election.
So, when Raffensperger wanted to make a joke about the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series, and someone refusing to accept the results, a lot of people were surprised at who he chose to target.
Congrats to the @braves on becoming World Series champs. Let’s hope Stacey Abrams accepts the results.
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 3, 2021
Meanwhile, Donald Trump is still campaigning on the false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election and had the win “stolen” from him through election fraud, and even announced in advance of the Virginia gubernatorial election that it would be “rigged” against Republican Glenn Youngkin.
When Raffensperger tweeted — from his official government account, no less — suggesting that the person likely to reject an outcome was Stacey Abrams, Twitter users were quick to point out the hypocrisy to him.
Stacey wasn't the one you recorded asking you to find 11,980 votes, @GaSecofState. And you said you'd vote for that guy again. How do you look yourself in the mirror?
— StLuGal (@StLuGal) November 3, 2021
And yes this is a Republican saying this. Irony is dead
— The Mighty Fetta (@MightyFetta) November 3, 2021
Trump called you right asking for you to find some 11,700+ votes during 2020 presidential election 🙄 Please sit down!! FFS
— Tony Alford – Democracy Dies in Daylight😎 (@tonyalford69) November 3, 2021
Let's hope Donald Trump doesn't ask you to change the results. pic.twitter.com/clpS9peBRz
— Impeachments* Are Meta (@OK_Dumbass) November 3, 2021
Incidentallly, Abrams, whose work to get out the vote has been credited as a major factor in Trump’s loss in Georgia, was tweeting her own congratulations to the Braves at almost the exact same moment.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 3, 2021
Abrams did say that voter suppression was key to her 2018 loss as a candidate for governor of Georgia, but as NPR reported at the time, she also acknowledged his victory. Then, rather than following that up with a disinformation campaign, she worked to help Georgia voters access information and the polls.
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