Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) claimed the only thing that kept Stacey Abrams from winning the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018 was racism.
In 2018, Abrams lost a close race to then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The race caught national attention when Abrams claimed that Kemp was using his position as secretary of state to suppress votes and benefit his own campaign, as IJR Blue reported at the time.
Kemp argued that he was only maintaining state laws by enforcing voter ID regulations passed by the Georgia state legislature. He ended up winning the election by more than 50,000 votes — 1.4 percentage points.
During a CNN town hall on Sunday night, Moulton also pushed the narrative that Abrams had the election stolen, except he didn’t place the blame on Kemp. Instead, he claimed that her loss was proof that America is a “racist” country. He also claimed that votes from black Americans are being suppressed.
Watch Moulton’s comments below:
“We have a problem with racism in America today. If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor. Because people of color are being systemically denied the most basic right in a democracy, which is the right to vote. That’s why we need a new voting rights act in America.”
Moulton also tied his claims that America is a racist country into the criminal justice system. There is a disproportionately high percentage of black Americans in U.S. prisons. President Donald Trump pushed federal criminal justice reform — the First Step Act — to reduce the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders in the U.S.
Despite the fact that Trump worked to earn a bipartisan majority to pass these important reforms, Moulton called the president a racist:
“Finally, this is a leadership issue. Let’s not ignore the fact that when the man in the Oval Office is a racist — and yes, I did just say that, I don’t think that’s inappropriate — it’s going to affect everyone in this country. And that’s why under my administration, my Department of Justice will fight relentlessly to ensure that there are not two sets of laws, one for black, one for white, one for rich, one for poor, but that everyone in America is subject to the same laws. The president talks about law and order. That’s real law and order.”
Moulton didn’t point to any laws in the U.S. that require different sentencing based on race or income levels, so it isn’t clear how his Department of Justice would correct those disparities he contends exist.