WASHINGTON – Former Senator David Perdue slammed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on the eve of Georgia’s primary election with racist remarks accusing her of “degrading her own race” by characterizing some of the state’s challenges.
Perdue, who is behind in the GOP’s primary race for governor, made the comments at his last campaign event in Dunwoody, Georgia, on Monday, as he sat for an interview with right-wing radio personality John Fredericks, a Trump-supporting host of a show on Real America’s Voice News.
The former GOP senator attacked Abrams, who is Black, for saying over the weekend that Georgia was the worst state in the country to live in, citing, among other things, its poor maternal mortality and prison rates.
“She said ‘Georgia is the worst place in the country to live.’ ‘Hi, she’s not from here,” Perdue said. “Let her go back to where she came from. She does not like this. All she wants is to be president of the United States. She does not care about the people of Georgia.”
He went on to quote Abrams’ remarks in 2018. “When she told black peasants you do not have to be on the farm and she told black workers in hospitality and all this you do not have to be … she degrades her own race when it comes to it. “
Perdue seemed to refer to comments that Abrams made during her first campaign as governor in 2018 when she received criticism for saying, “I want to create a lot of different jobs because people should not go into agriculture or hospitality. in Georgia to earn a living in Georgia. Why not create jobs in renewable energy? Because I want to tell you a secret, climate change is real, “according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In an interview Monday with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Abrams acknowledged that her remarks over the weekend were “improperly delivered,” but said they were “well-meaning.”
Abrams said she was trying to formulate that ingredients across the state have indicated they are “deep in pain” and concerned about GOP Governor Brian Kemp’s actions, including allowing the termination of additional pandemic-related food aid under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and turn millions of dollars from the state budget into HIV and AIDS medical treatment.
“My point is well-meaning, which is that for so many Georgians this is not the first place to be, but we have the capacity for greatness, and if people did not splice the pieces they like and actually listened to mine the whole story is mine. point that I want more to Georgia, “she said. “I believe in our greatness. I moved here the first time because my parents brought me. I came back the second time because this is where I want to live.”
When Abrams was asked to respond to Perdue’s remark on Monday about how Abrams has “degraded his race,” it seemed that Abrams dismissed it and spoke instead of what she described as the Republicans’ inability to provide health insurance and others. benefits to the Georgians.
“We are No. 2 in the nation for the uninsured, which means that the poorest of us who have the most desperate need for help are still being told by this governor and this Republican party that we will not help you,” he said. she. “I can apologize all day for my phrasing, but I will never apologize for my opinion, and that is that we must serve the people of Georgia, and we believe in making Georgia better for all.”
At a news conference Tuesday, Abrams was again asked about Perdue’s comments, saying she did not want to respond, adding that Republicans have attacked her for the past six months but have “done nothing to attack the challenges Georgia faces.” “or” to formulate their plans for the future of Georgia. “
“I urge everyone to pay less attention to rhetoric and pay more attention to the record and to the results,” she said.