“I’m moving on, I’m the governor-elect,” Brian Kemp, Georgia’s incoming governor and human embodiment of a smirk said on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. “This is indeed over,” Kemp continued, referencing the election that he won after purging some 700,000 voters from the rolls in his time as secretary of state and suppressing minority voters across Georgia. (Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, announced that she was ending her campaign last week, but emphasized that “this is not a speech of concession.”)
Kemp then “moved on” to say, “but look, it’s unfair for [Abrams] to blame especially local elections officials that are following the law,” and that it was actually “easy to vote” in a state where people waited in line for hours only to encounter broken voting machines. Kemp also said that Abrams was “blaming me” for a problem that Democrats created, not Kemp, who literally oversaw the state office in charge of voting.
Abrams, for her part, may have ended her campaign, but she is rightfully not backing down on hammering Kemp for voter suppression:
“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor for the 2018 gubernatorial election,” Abrams continued. “But to watch an elected official who claims claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling.”
Abrams also announced that she is going to file a federal lawsuit against the way the election was handled by the state, and that she plans to run for office again sometime in the future.
“The process worked,” Kemp said of the state’s election rules, which he oversees. I guess it did.