Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday that Stacey Abrams, who is mounting a possible bid for governor of Georgia next year, should not be sent to Washington because, he claims, she has engaged in “the oldest big lie in the history of politics,” MSNBC reports.
While speaking at the 2018 Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity at Howard University, McAuliffe dismissed suggestions that Abrams, a black woman, is a “political actor” by promising that she would be a great governor.
“The good news is that in Stacey’s case, she is a political actor,” he told a crowd of activists. “She will be a great governor. But in Georgia, these people vote, as a matter of fact, 90 percent of them don’t vote in general elections. If you are anti-Christian, you are against black lives matter, you are for a woman’s right to choose, you are against everything that the black community supports, you will not be successful in the general election because these Georgians will not do what the average voter will do and vote. That’s the only way you are going to win, because you can’t win unless you campaign, and she’s never campaigned.”
Abrams quickly and forcefully shot back at McAuliffe on Twitter, maintaining that she was simply a practicing lawyer fighting for civil rights.
“I take issue with @GovernorVA saying I’m a ‘political actor’ not bc he knows better, but bc he doesn’t know how to BS his way out of a reality,” she wrote. “I am a practicing attorney working tirelessly for civil rights.”
[email protected] I take issue with @GovernorVA saying I’m a “political actor” not bc he knows better, but bc he doesn’t know how to BS his way out of a reality. I am a practicing attorney working tirelessly for civil rights. https://t.co/MqcBHv0jrd — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 2, 2018
While defending his decision to appoint Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine as his running mate in 2008, McAuliffe brought up her claim that the selection was based on her party affiliation. “Well, I believe she was asked by the Clintons,” he added. “It was not something that I asked her or my staff. I don’t think anybody advised her, I think I’m pretty sure she was asked by them.”
While discussing his own decision to give former CIA director John Brennan a job at the Department of Justice, McAuliffe stated, “John Brennan asked me for a job, I said, ‘No, I will not give you a job. You were at CIA for four years before you were appointed to the FBI, so there’s no rationale to give a job to a CIA director who previously ran an intelligence agency.’ He said, ‘I’ll join the CIA.’”
McAuliffe was also, according to MSNBC, followed up on his current campaign for re-election against Ed Gillespie on Saturday morning, and said he was not “the tool of the Trump machine.”