Former Georgia Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams made history Tuesday night as the first African American woman, and first Georgian, to give the formal response to a president’s address.
Political experts say that message launched her onto the national political stage.
For just ten minutes, Abrams delivered the biggest speech of her career from the headquarters of the IBEW Labor Union in downtown Atlanta.
She talked about her roots growing up in Gulfport, Mississippi to working-class parents. Abrams also spoke out against voter suppression and sent a strong message regarding the government shutdown.
“Making livelihoods of our federal workers, a pawn for political gains, is a disgrace. The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the President of the United States, one that defied every tenant of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values,” said Abrams.
“The whole tone was positive, and she smiled, and she tried to reassure everybody that there were better possibilities for the future. Frankly, I think David Perdue is probably a little worried this morning when he woke up remembering that she can very well be an opponent in his run for the Senate in 2020,” said Bruce Mallard, Political Science Professor.
There were many people on social media who were not fans of Abrams speech.
Georgia Representative Doug Collins from the 9th District tweeted Abrams should’ve started her speech by conceding the governor’s race.