Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has been accused of “demeaning her own race,” by former senator David Perdue in response to remarks she made about the state of Georgia.
“The only thing she wants is to be president of the United States,” Perdue said. “When she told Black farmers, ‘You don’t need to be on the farm,’ and she told Black workers in hospitality and all this, ‘You don’t need to be’ — she is demeaning her own race when it comes to that. I am really over this. She should never be considered for material for governor of any state, much less our state — where she hates to live.”
At a fundraiser event on Saturday in Gwinnett County, Abrams reportedly told the crowd:
“I am tired of hearing about being the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live,” Abrams said, per NBC News.
“When you’re number 48 for mental health, when you’re number one for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that’s on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the number one place to live in the United States. But we can get there,” Abrams added. “You see, Georgia is capable of greatness. We just need greatness to be in our governor’s office,” she added.
Abrams was referencing Gov. Brian Kemp’s insistence that Georgia is the best state in the nation for business. Abrams has received backlash from the right over her remarks.
Perdue took things a step further during an interview with conservative radio show host John Fredericks.
“Hey, she ain’t from here. Let her go back where she came from. She doesn’t like it here,” Perdue declared.
Abrams was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, before her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia.