Stacey Abrams: We Should 'Jerry-Rig System & Go Around Constitution' for Popular Vote
Georgia Democrat suggests dropping the Electoral College, branding it 'racist'
Democratic former Georgia State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams joined ABC’s "The View" on Monday and suggested America should “jerry-rig the system and go around the Constitution” to drop the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote.
Abrams, a former gubernatorial candidate, is a Democrat Party favorite to be their presidential nominee’s running mate.
Oprah-endorsed Abrams appeared on The View to discuss the coming election with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar et al.
During her appearance, Abrams talks discussed "jerry-rigging the system" but these remarks were cut from the broadcast show.
Footage of the comments later surfaced on social media, however.
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“Rumors are flying that a lot of presidential candidates want our next guest on their ticket as V.P.,” a beaming Whoopi began as the hosts were eager to get Abrams on to talk about the 2020 election.
“Today is Presidents’ Day and while you’re not running at the moment, at this very second you’re not running, a lot of people want to see you on that ticket first as vice president,” Goldberg prompted Abrams.
Abrams responded saying that, "as a woman of color," it would be a "disservice" to not say yes.
Whoopi keenly followed up asking, “You also see yourself running as president too?”
“Absolutely!” Abrams gushed.
Co-host Joy Behar followed that up by prompting Abrams for a 2020 endorsement.
“I don’t think you’ve endorsed a candidate yet, have you?" Behar asked.
"Do you think you should? Would you like to? Would you like to do it here?”
After all the flattery, the hosts let Abrams explain at length her group’s work in fighting “voter suppression.”
Abrams ranted about the importance of the census for non-white citizens and immigrants.
She even warned illegal immigrants and criminals evading arrest that it was important they answer the census to gain political power:
[I]f you want to make sure that the person knocking on your door isn’t I.C.E., answer the census online….
People who are afraid that if you answer the census they’ll be able to find you because you have a warrant, you owe somebody money, whatever, if you have a light bill or a cell phone, they know how to find you [already].
So answer the census so you can get your money and your political power because that’s how we decide congressional leaders, how we decide school board members, how we decide every level of political power.
Answer the census in 2020, get your money and be counted.
Co-host Sunny Hostin then set Abrams up to declare that the Electoral College is “racist.”
Abrams went into a tirade, linking the slavery days to the Electoral College while claiming it was born out of the racist “South.”
She also argued it was an antiquated racist system that we needed to get rid of, and that’s when Joy Behar complained she would have a hard time with Republicans in power, according to News Thud.
.@staceyabrams explains why she says the electoral college is a "classist racist system whose time has passed and we need to get rid of it." https://t.co/iSpno6xps6 pic.twitter.com/3FADf0IM3A— The View (@TheView) February 17, 2020
At this point, Abrams calmly explained how she believes we should “jerry-rig the system and go around the Constitution” by using the popular vote because lawmakers “didn’t have time” to make a Constitutional amendment.
“This question was edited out of the aired show but The View’s Twitter account promoted it online,” Newsbusters reports.