Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe falsely claimed this weekend that failed candidate Stacey Abrams won the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, accusing Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp of “disenfranchising” more than 1 million Georgia voters.
“She would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election,” McAuliffe said as he introduced Abrams at a campaign event on Sunday. “That’s what happened to Stacey Abrams. They took the votes away.”
McAuliffe has pandered to and repeated Abrams’s election trutherism multiple times. Earlier this month, when Abrams first began campaigning for him in Virginia, McAuliffe nodded along as Abrams claimed she won the 2018 governor’s race.
“You see, I’m here to tell you that just because you win doesn’t mean [you’ve] won,” Abrams declared as McAuliffe nodded in the background. “I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and as a citizen of Georgia, I’m going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote. And here in Virginia, you need to cast that vote for Terry McAuliffe.”
In May 2020, McAuliffe alleged that “powerful” voting machine companies skewed the election in Kemp’s favor.
He has also argued the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen.
Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, slammed McAuliffe’s election fraud lies and said it is obvious McAuliffe will claim the governor’s race was stolen from him if he loses to Youngkin—even though Democrats in the state currently control all the mechanisms of power and have implemented policy changes—including extended mail-in-voting that have made it easier to commit fraud.
“McAuliffe’s continued claims that multiple elections were stolen raise serious doubts about whether he will accept his own impending defeat and concede when he loses to Glenn Youngkin,” a spokesperson for Youngkin’s campaign said in a statement.
Other Republicans have pointed out that while Democrats such as McAuliffe and Abrams are allowed to question the integrity of our elections as much as he wants, conservatives who do the same, such as former president Donald Trump, are punished by Big Tech.
When Stacey Abrams, HRC and McAuliffe claim an election is stolen it is met w a shrug. Never called domestic terrorists or undermining democracy. https://t.co/UhEl8fZUSp
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) October 24, 2021