Gosh, Democrats sure have filled the polls with some whacky people.
Some of whom don’t even seem to have particularly high opinions of the states they’re vying to represent or run.
You’ve likely heard of whacky Kyrsten Sinema, who has been caught on camera not once, not twice, but six times totally bashing her state and its constituents.
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Now, Dem. gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams has been busted for once burning her state’s flag at a protest.
You’d think someone running for governor would at least like their state. Or at the very, very least, not hate it to the point of burning its flag in public.
(Sidenote: is that even a thing, burning a state flag? Who does hate their state that much?)
Abrams, was caught on camera burning Georgia’s flag at the capitol in 1992 when she was a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta, the New York Times reported.
“Ms. Abrams’s role in the protest, which took place around the end of her freshman year at Spelman College in Atlanta, has begun to emerge on social media on the eve of her first debate Tuesday with her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp,” they write. “Mr. Kemp and his allies have sought to portray her as ‘too extreme for Georgia.'”
She does sound a little extreme, let’s be real.
The damning photo originally “appeared in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June 1992”, and showed Abrams “standing with students burning the Georgia state flag at the state Capitol.”
Oh, yup, there she is, flag-burnin’ away.
There’s apparently a reasonable explanation, according to Abrams’ campaign: raycism.
“During Stacey Abrams’ college years, Georgia was at a crossroads, struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the Confederacy, the sharpest of which was the inclusion of the Confederate emblem in the Georgia state flag,” the campaign statement says, according to the NYT.
“This conversation was sweeping across Georgia as numerous organizations, prominent leaders, and students engaged in the ultimately successful effort to change the flag.”
Ah, of course–battling the Confederacy.
A century and some change later.
The NYT notes that the flag has since been changed twice, to eliminate the white supremacy and all.
Here’s the thing: this is likely just fine with her base. After all, the blue wave she’s hoping to ride to the Georgia Capitol is all about intersectionality and identity politics, legal voting status not required, as she recently explained:
“The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander,” Abrams said. “It is made up of those who’ve been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented.”
So, in reality, it’s kind of a small issue that she has a history of burning state flags when she’s openly relying on the votes of people who aren’t legally permitted to vote–and is somehow still running.
These are crazy times, folks.