Oprah fights effort from Pence and Trump to support a controversial Republican candidate in Georgia in a hotly contested race for governor, marked by blatant voter suppression that has required court-ordered reversals.
Oprah took the podium for Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams, delivering a fiery message to get-out-and-vote to a crowd of mostly black women.
“For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote, wherever you are in this state or this country, you are dishonoring your family,” Oprah said. “You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering, and their dreams when you don’t vote.”
Geek out on a story Oprah told about Otis Moss, a black man who walked 18 miles in one day in order to vote.
Stacey Abrams’ opponent Brian Kemp and conflict of interest
Abrams’ Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, is serving as the Secretary of State of Georgia, a position that gives him election oversight on the governors race. Former President Jimmy Carter, a Georgia native, called on Kemp to step down from his position in order to eliminate any concerns over Kemp’s ability to affect the election outcome through his oversight position.
Kemp refused to step down.
Kemp mistakes and controversies
In 2015, Kemp’s office mistakenly distributed the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of registered Georgia voters.
In 2016, Kemp was the only state election official in the U.S. to refuse help from the Department of Homeland Security to guard against Russian election interference.
From 2012 to 2018, Kemp has been accused of widespread and flagrant voter suppression. Check out the debater: Is voter suppression a real thing?
President Trump offers an opinion
President Trump told reporters, “Oprah’s good, but the woman that she’s supporting is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia by any stretch of the imagination.” Trump did not explain why he found Abrams unqualified.
Stacey Abrams is a Yale-educated attorney who has served as minority leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives. Brian Kemp has a BS in agriculture from University of Georgia, who was appointed to the Georgia Secretary of State position. Previously he was a senator in the Georgia State Senate.