Celebs bow down to Stacey Abrams as Georgia flips blue in Biden’s favor
Seems like most of Hollywood was on that midnight train to Georgia as the state‘s vote total in the presidential election flipped blue on the fourth day of counting, securing a lead for former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris.
But it was another Democrat — recent Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting-rights champion Stacey Abrams — who came into the Twitter spotlight Thursday and early Friday, as celebrities and many others praised her efforts to fight voter suppression in the state.
“Stacey Abrams did an incredible thing in GA and across the country,” tweeted “Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay. “After losing her election due in large part to voter suppression, she continued to organize and work to ensure voting rights to the most disenfranchised people.”
“I ... love that stacey abrams was forced to vote on a provisional ballot because she had been purged in her own gubernatorial race and then she registered almost one million georgians two years later.....!!!!!!!” wrote “Saturday Night Live” star Bowen Yang.
In all seriousness, Stacey Abrams did an incredible thing in GA and across the country. After losing her election due in large part to voter suppression, she continued to organize and work to ensure voting rights to the most disenfranchised people.— roxane gay (@rgay) November 4, 2020
During Abrams’ 2018 run for governor, Black voters in various Georgia neighborhoods reported insufficient election resources, long lines at polling places and faulty voting equipment, among other barriers to the democratic process. The office of Abrams’ opponent, then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, was in charge of the election and stalled 53,000 new voter applications under legal review.
According to the Associated Press, 70% of those applications were submitted by Black Georgians. Kemp, who ended up winning the election by about 55,000 votes, has denied any intentional efforts by his office to suppress voting rights.
Since then, Abrams has been dedicated to protecting the voting rights of marginalized groups across the country via her Fair Fight initiative, waging war on controversial practices such as voter-roll purging, removal of polling locations and the restrictive “exact match” rule for ballot signatures, which was in play during her gubernatorial campaign.
In celebration of Georgia’s Biden-Harris surge, comedian Ziwe lauded Abrams as an “icon trailblazer radical genius queen role model hero goliath,” while “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Shea Couleé hailed her as a “democracy saving queen.”
Yes Stacey Abrams!!! Chin up! Like the democracy saving queen that you are! https://t.co/KKwROX7sBQ— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) November 6, 2020
Abrams herself welcomed the news by paying tribute to her fellow Fair Fight organizers, as well as the late civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, who similarly championed voting rights while representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. If the results continue in Biden and Harris’ favor, 2020 would mark the Democrats’ first presidential election win in Georgia since 1992.
“So many deserve credit for 10yrs to new Georgia,” Abrams tweeted early Friday morning. “Always John Lewis. ... My heart is full. Georgia, let’s shout out those who’ve been in the trenches and deserve the plaudits for change.”
Overnight, Biden and Harris also took the lead in the vote count in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, which could win them the White House. See more celebrity reactions to the latest election developments below.
Georgia, let’s shout out those who’ve been in the trenches and deserve the plaudits for change.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 6, 2020
Pennsylvania and Georgia mail-in ballots came through on night 3 against Trump like pic.twitter.com/JKw9fjOzui— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 6, 2020
I voted early and in-person in Decatur, GA. So I feel confident my vote has been counted, but would be nice to be able to have a confirmation. #Election2020— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) November 6, 2020
He has been waiting to post this for 5 hours https://t.co/vIz2bNkkCW— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 6, 2020
Today would be a good day to celebrate black women all over this nation who it is looking more and more likely saved us from tyranny and fascism. Thank you all. And thank you especially to @staceyabrams and our next Vice President @KamalaHarris 🙏🙏— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 6, 2020
icon trailblazer radical genius queen role model hero goliath pic.twitter.com/uh5OaFdRDZ— ziwe (@ziwe) November 6, 2020
FLOWERS, JOBS, TITLES, CROWNS, AND CHECKS. 👇🏽 https://t.co/PMvGC3Zhjp— Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) November 6, 2020
I don’t really believe in ghosts or spirits, but hot damn, doesn’t it just FEEL like the spirits of John Lewis, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and John McCain are shining down upon us today?— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 6, 2020
Yes, sir. Clayton County, Georgia! pic.twitter.com/m2Fr1rnNRV— Maya Harris (@mayaharris_) November 6, 2020
Georgia - Biden, yes Biden is up by 1,096 votes, with 5,269 votes left to count.— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 6, 2020
The votes being counted now are from John Lewis’s district. How perfect.
How ironic... President Trump who has disparaged the late John McCain and the late John Lewis is now trailing in both Arizona and Georgia. Two political giants whose legacy may deal Trump’s presidency it’s fatal blow.— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) November 6, 2020
This morning, Biden took the lead in Georgia. Could this be John Lewis looking down and giving Trump “Good Trouble”? This is ALL thanks to YOU, the Black vote, for flipping this historically red state. So excited to see #BidenHarris in the White House!!🙌🏾 https://t.co/iVtLribewm— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 6, 2020
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