There’s now independent confirmation that Georgia’s Governor-elect Brian Kemp fabricated a tale about a cybercrime while serving as secretary of state to help himself steal the gubernatorial election from Stacey Abrams.
This comes on the heels of news that federal investigators did not indict Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in its probe into city government corruption. His Republican rival for Florida governor exploited the FBI investigation to win votes by falsely suggesting that Gillum was a criminal.
Kemp, who as secretary of state oversaw his own election, was in a virtual tie in the polls with Abrams when he claimed on Nov. 4–days before the election–that the state’s Democratic Party hacked into his office’s voter registration database.
However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Friday that it found no evidence to support that claim, concluding that, “It appears unlikely that any crime occurred.”
In a race that Kemp won with 50.2 percent of the vote, the Journal-Constitution speculated that Kemp’s fable could have swung the election in his favor.
Abrams, who was trying to make history as the nation’s first Black female governor, dismissed Kemp’s cybercrime claim as a “desperate” attempt to distract voters.
While appearing Nov. 4 on CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper,” host Jake Tapper informed Abrams that Kemp opened an investigation of the Georgia Democratic Party.
“This is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duty and forced him to allow absentee ballots to be counted,” she said after hearing about Kemp’s allegations for the first time.
Kemp tried to use every trick in the book to suppress the Black vote for the 2018 election. Many, including former President Jimmy Carter, urged Kemp to recuse himself as secretary of state to ensure a fair election. But Kemp refused.
In another closely watched election, Florida’s governor-elect Ron DeSantis painted Gillum, who would have become the state’s first Black governor, as a criminal. It was part of his racist campaign to win a close election.
The cloud of corruption finally lifted from the mayor on Dec. 12 when an FBI report on its probe of Tallahassee officials confirmed Gillum’s denial of wrongdoing.
Gillum’s name was not listed among those indicted by federal authorities in an investigation into whether businessmen were able to influence Tallahassee development projects.
DeSantis poured millions of dollars into a smear campaign against Gillum. Republicans spent at least $7 million on TV ads to connect Gillum to the investigation. It paid off, with DeSantis winning a narrow victory.
Attorney General-Elect Of New York Letitia James Is Coming For Trump's Entire Family
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Letitia James is about to exceed Mueller as Trump's biggest fear! She's a black woman who has the power of the law - a mandate - to investigate & charge to the fullest extent of the law Trump, his kids, his associates & members of his campaign, transition team and administration. https://t.co/ZnNR5oYtLP— Aisha K. Staggers (@AishaStaggers) December 12, 2018
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This powerful and very sharp prosecutor is the new Attorney General we elected in NY State. She’s gonna look in every nook and cranny of Donald Trump’s Empty barrel of an empire. Get to know the name Letitia James. https://t.co/KjjDy8I2Cq— Pete Dominick (@PeteDominick) December 12, 2018
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I interviewed Letitia James (@tishjames) years ago. She is an unapologetic boss who who has consistently followed through with her promises to NY. Considering Trump's attacks on Black women, wouldn't it be sweet victory if Trump was taken down by a Black woman? pic.twitter.com/blHMHpzieN— Clay 'Critical Thinking Theory' Cane (@claycane) December 12, 2018
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Letitia James will rise as a heroine of the Resistance. The rule of law is on our side and now we have an excellent NY attorney general to pursue the Trump crime family from their tawdry base of operations. https://t.co/H0ohc2SlGJ— Suzanne Trimel (@STrimel) December 12, 2018
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Letitia James, I love you already. Good luck and may the Force be with you.— Betty Walden (@BettyWalden13) December 12, 2018
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Trump has repeatedly shown more contempt for the intelligence of black women than any other group that he’s insulted.— Skeevy Wonder (@larryjamad) December 12, 2018
It will be so satisfying to see Letitia James absolutely thrash him. And his kids.
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