Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp crushed Democrat challenger Stacey Abrams on Monday, hitting her for being weak on crime and for wanting lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic. Brian Kemp made waves during the 2020 lockdowns by being one of the first states to open for business, during which Stacey Abrams said there was “no legitimate reason” for her state to lift virus restrictions. Kemp made Georgia one of the first states to open for business during the pandemic, while Stacey Abrams said there was “no legitimate reason” for her state to lift virus restrictions. The Governor also slammed the Abram’s for her soft on crime stance:
“I support safety and justice. No sheriffs are endorsing her statewide because of her stances on wanting to Defund the Police, eliminate cash bail, and serving on the boards of organizations like the Margurite Casey Foundation that supports and gives grants to organizations that are promoting the Defund the Police movement.”
Kemp was criticized by Democrats for his voter integrity laws in 2021, which they referred to as “Jim Crow 2.0” But Kemp pointed out that black voter turnout in Georgia has steadily increased since the law’s passage.
“In 2018, in the governor’s race, we had the largest African American turnout in the country. She said that Senate Bill 202, our recent election integrity act that we passed two years ago, would be suppressive and Jim Crow 2.0. Just this past May, in our primaries, we again had record turnout in the Republican primary and the Democrat primary. In Georgia, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat,”