“The reality is we can’t simply win the race… We have to win the system. The Electoral College is a racist and classist system.”
Failed Democratic Georgia governor nominee Stacey Abrams still yearns for the spotlight she grabbed last year.
Instead of glossing over her goals, Abrams admitted that she wants the Democratic nominee to pick her as the vice president. She also ranted against the Electoral College and America’s supposed racist system.
Abrams spoke to Jonathan Capehart at The Washington Post for his podcast Cape Up.
Capehart interviewed Abrams after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the presidential election.
No one can resist propping up Abrams and try to keep her in the spotlight. I guess they hope someone will take the bait.
Capeheart asked Abrams about accepting an invite to run as vice president:
“Yes,” she said simply and then articulated why after acknowledging the “very weird position” of talking about such ambition publicly.
“I’m a black woman who’s in a conversation about possibly being second in command to the leader of the free world and I will not diminish my ambition or the ambition of any other women of color by saying that’s not something I’d be willing to do,” Abrams said to raucous applause.
Anyone shocked? Abrams tried many times to make it appear like she wanted to solely concentrate on her fight against all of that voter suppression that kept her out of the governor’s house.
Most of us saw right through her.
Racist Electoral College
Before she declared her ambitions, Abrams used Harris’s failure in the race to escalate her attacks on a racist and unjust system. After all, everything is the fault of the Electoral College (emphasis mine):
“Wanting someone to be the person doesn’t just happen through wishes, it requires deep investment. And the suspension of disbelief that often has to accompany supporting women of color, particularly black women, is just a difficult hurdle,” Abrams told me in the latest episode of “Cape Up” recorded before a live audience at the JFK library. Her critique also applied to how Harris’s campaign was covered.
“The lens used and applied to non-normative campaigns is always harder because you’re not only proving your capacity to do the job, you have to prove your right to be in the race,” Abrams said about the coverage of Harris’s campaign and the candidate’s political record. “She has a complicated story, which anyone who’s been effective in politics must have. The difference is that rather than being given the benefit of the doubt, or more importantly, having a fair set of questions asked about everyone who shared her past, the focus on what might be considered her foibles outshone any celebration of her successes.”
“The reality is we can’t simply win the race… We have to win the system. The Electoral College is a racist and classist system,” Abrams said before explaining how the electoral college came to be, why the president should be elected by popular vote and what changes need to happen so that all voters can vote.
“Eliminating the Electoral College on its own won’t solve the problem as long as you have restrictive voter IDs, as long as you have polling places that could close, unless we have automatic voter registration, same day registration, until we stop having 50 different democracies that operate completely isolated from one another and until we actually believe that we want to hear from the people who are to be served,” said Abrams. “If we solve all of that, then I think we can elect women, we can elect anybody.”
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