Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, dismissed President Trump’s assessment of her as “not qualified,” saying Sunday that Republicans are “getting scared” because polls show their party on the verge of defeat in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Abrams made the remarks in appearances on CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” one day after former president Barack Obama stumped for her in Atlanta.
“I find his assessments to be vapid and shallow,” Abrams said of Trump on “Meet the Press.” “I am the most qualified candidate. I am a business owner. I am a tax attorney who was trained at Yale Law School. I am a civic leader who helped register more than 200,000 Georgians.”
Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper why she thinks Trump made the remarks, Abrams said that Republicans “can see the same numbers we are seeing.”
“I think they’re getting scared, and I think desperation tends to lead to comments that aren’t necessarily grounded in reality,” she said.
On Thursday, Trump had weighed in on Abrams’s campaign against Republican Brian Kemp at a news conference on immigration. Trump said it was “okay” that media mogul Oprah Winfrey was hitting the campaign trail for Abrams but added: “The woman that she’s supporting is not qualified.”
Abrams, if elected, would become the nation’s first black female governor.
Abrams also responded Sunday to remarks by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who said at a Saturday rally for Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis that “this election is so cotton-pickin’ important.”
“I think that there is certainly a throwback element to the language that we’re hearing coming out of the Republican Party that is, unfortunately, disparaging to communities,” Abrams said on “State of the Union.” “It may be unintentional, but it signals a deeper misinformation about what Andrew Gillum can accomplish, what I can accomplish.”
Gillum, the Democratic nominee, would become Florida’s first black governor if elected.
This summer former Trump campaign aide David Bossie, who is president of the conservative group Citizens United, was suspended from Fox News after he used the phrase “cotton-pickin’ ” during a discussion with a black panelist.