“Well, it certainly was a contrast in message from the president’s optimistic report on the state of America and the quite grim picture that Stacey Abrams painted of where Americans are and how they’re living,” commentator Brit Hume said after the potential 2020 Senate candidate finished her rebuttal. “You would think we were in the depths of the recession.”
“From what she seemed to be saying about race, you would think that it was 1963,” he added.
In her speech, Abrams said, “We fought Jim Crow with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, yet we continue to confront racism from our past and in our present, which is why we must hold everyone from the very highest offices to our own families accountable for racist words and deeds, and call racism what it is. Wrong.” She lost her bid for Georgia governor in the face of voter suppression efforts from her opponent Brian Kemp, who, as secretary of state, was in charge of overseeing his own election.
Hume went on to say that he found Abrams to be a “person with a lot of presence” who “certainly speaks very ably and well,” but added, “I just wonder how her message will resonate with people out there living with record low unemployment, even among a number of minority groups where unemployment tends to stay high.”
“So I think it was a nice try,” he said, “but I have my doubts about how effective it was.”
Similarly, Fox News host Laura Ingraham admitted that Abrams “did have presence” but at the same time accused her of “presenting an alternative universe to what really is going on” in America.