Back when it was fashionable for Democrats to do so, Stacey Abrams supported defunding the police.
Now she suddenly loves the police. She even wants to give them a raise.
What changed? Maybe she is rethinking her position because she’s sunning for governor of Georgia and knows that crime is one of the top issues for voters right now.
The Federalist reports:
Stacey Abrams, Election Denier, Also Denies She Supported Defunding Police (Fact Check: She Did)
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who was among the many leftist figureheads touting “defund the police” amidst the violent 2020 riots, told Axios on Thursday that she never wanted to do exactly that.
“I do not, and have never said, and have never supported defunding the police,” Abrams said.
In June 2020, however, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Abrams “so yes to some defunding?” in an interview following the killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.
“We have to reallocate resources, so yes,” said Abrams.
Abrams’ recent hypocritical statement comes off as a last-ditch effort to win favor among Georgia voters as she attempts to beat incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, whose pro-police platform helped win the seat.
Over 200 Atlanta police officers quit their jobs in 2020, largely due to low morale in the wake of a summer of riots, and the city experienced 157 homicides in the same year, a 58 percent uptick.
Despite her newly pro-police funding stance, Abrams is poised to run a tough race against the incumbent governor, with Kemp leading her 51 percent to 44 percent according to Emerson College Polling.
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In her own words, Stacey Abrams said she would DEFUND the police! Abrams' soft-on-crime policies are dangerous for Georgia.
As Governor, I will continue to fight to give our law enforcement the resources they need to keep Georgia families safe. pic.twitter.com/xuJospsGOq
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) June 22, 2022
One party is responsible for the explosion in crime.
It’s the party of Stacey Abrams.