Kamala Harris Claims Democrats Lost 2018 Elections Due to ‘Voter Suppression’
Democratic 2020 hopeful says Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum lost due to foul play
Democratic 2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has claimed that Democrats, such as Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, lost their gubernatorial races in last year's elections due to "voter suppression."
Harris made the claims before calling for a new voting rights act, saying:
“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."
Senator Harris made those remarks during an appearance at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit.
Harris later followed up on Twitter with a similar statement calling for automatic voter registration, to establish Election Day a national holiday, and accused Republicans of suppressing "our constitutional right to vote."
The truth is, we need a new Voting Rights Act in this country with automatic voter registration, Election Day as a national holiday, and we need to fight back against Republicans who suppress our constitutional right to vote. #NAACPDetroit— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 6, 2019
"The truth is, we need a new Voting Rights Act in this country with automatic voter registration, Election Day as a national holiday, and we need to fight back against Republicans who suppress our constitutional right to vote," she said.
According to Fox News, her arguments were ones that Democrats made for years, including when former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ran in 2016 and Republicans pushed initiatives like voter ID laws.
Republicans like President Trump have countered that laws like that help prevent fraud which skews election results.
Clinton, who has repeatedly been criticized for making excuses for her 2016 loss, claimed on Saturday that no matter how well candidates campaigned, they could have the election "stolen from you."
Hillary revealed that she has been speaking to 2020 hopefuls and has been warning them they may have the election "stolen" from them, suggesting that Trump stole the presidency from her.
“I think it’s also critical to understand that, as I’ve been telling candidates who have come to see me, you can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” she said.
Abrams claimed on Friday that she actually won the 2018 race, despite election results showing she lost to Republican Brian Kemp.
"I'm here to tell you a secret that makes Breitbart and [Fox News host] Tucker Carlson go crazy: We won,” she said.
She added that she wasn't "delusional" and acknowledged that she wasn't yet the governor of Georgia.
“I am not delusional. I know I am not the governor of Georgia - possibly yet," she said.