A two-year-old tweet from incoming White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre falsely claimed that the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election was “stolen” from Democrat Stacey Abrams by Republican Brian Kemp.
The April 2, 2020 post resurfaced Monday, days after President Biden tapped Jean-Pierre to be his administration’s new spokesperson, replacing the outgoing Jen Psaki.
“Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams,” Jean-Pierre tweeted along with a link to a story about Kemp’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abrams accused Kemp, who was Georgia’s secretary of state at the time of the 2018 vote, of using his post as the Peach State’s top election officer to unlawfully suppress Democratic totals by purging the rolls of eligible voters.
Despite Abrams’ claims, turnout in the election was higher than the historical average, FiveThirtyEight reported.
A chorus of conservative voices called out Jean-Pierre for the tweet.
Kelly Loeffler, who lost her Senate seat to Democrat Raphael Warnock in a special election in January 2021, reacted on Twitter.
“Biden’s incoming Press Secretary falsely claimed the 2018 Georgia governor’s election was stolen from Stacey Abrams,” Loeffler said in a posting. ”Will the media label this as an attack on our Democracy?”
Mollie Hemingway, the editor-in-chief of The Federalist, said Jean-Pierre’s comments expressed the feelings of many prominent Democrats.
“If questioning the results of elections were a crime, pretty much the entire Democrat Party and the entire media complex would be in prison,” she said.
Diamond and Silk, who host a show on Newsmax, called on Jean-Pierre to come clean about the election, writing: “Please stop telling a damn lie. Stacey Abrams Lost!”
Abrams and her supporters filed a federal lawsuit over Georgia’s management of elections and the trial began last month.
Current Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said the lawsuit is an attempt to undermine the integrity of Georgia elections.
“Almost all of Abrams’ claims have already been dismissed, and the remaining ones are nowhere close to what she alleged in her non-concession speech” after the 2018 election, Raffensperger said last month. “Her three-year ‘stolen election’ campaign has been nothing more than a political stunt to keep her in the national spotlight, and it’s a disservice to voters.”
Kemp and Abrams are currently favored to square off in a gubernatorial rematch later this year.