Stacey Abrams Calls Government Shutdown A ‘Stunt’ and ‘Disgrace’ In Extremely Presidential Response

Stacey Abrams, the women who fought hard against some serious voter suppression in Georgia’s race for governor and won the hearts of millions despite an ultimate loss, was chosen this year to give the Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address. Her delivery is being called “presidential” by many who watched.

Abrams delivered her response with a refreshingly genuine passion after an hour and 20 minutes of Trump trotting out veterans, Holocaust survivors, and little girls who had just beaten cancer for claps. She began by calling out Trump on the government shutdown, which broke the record for longest shutdown in U.S. history over a big wall. She called the whole affair a “disgrace” and accused Trump of pulling a “stunt” that included using federal workers, and their ability to pay rent and eat, as pawns in his political game.

She went on to address a number of topics that Trump ignored, including the massive number of Americans who, despite having jobs, are living paycheck to paycheck. She also touched on climate change, school shootings, family separation and caged children at the border, the wealth gap, racial justice, and LGBTQ issues. Instead of calling for “school choice,” a trend that is increasing racial and economic segregation in the country, she demanded quality education for all and an end to massive student loan debt.

Rather than focusing on imaginary threats like immigrant boogeymen, Stacey Abrams addressed actual one of the biggest threats to our democracy: Voter suppression.

Perhaps the best part of Abrams’ speech was her moving appeal for working together as people, which blew away Trump’s vague list of platitudes that was supposed to be a call for unity. She spoke of her experience in politics in Georgia, perhaps providing more evidence that she’s President material?

“So, when we had to negotiate criminal justice reform or transportation or foster care improvements, the leaders of our state didn’t shut down – we came together,” she said. “And we kept our word.”

Abrams also directly called out Mitch McConnell’s recent comments on a bill that would make Election Day in the U.S. a national holiday so that more people could have the day off to vote. The Senate Majority Leader somehow made the case that helping people vote is a “power grab.” Abrams disagreed.

“We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a ‘power grab.’ Americans understand that these are the values our brave men and women in uniform and our veterans risk their lives to defend. The foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections, where voters pick their leaders – not where politicians pick their voters.”

So much better than exploiting veterans for claps. Also, remember when Mitch McConnell’s response to Obama’s SOTU was: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for Obama to be a one-term president”? Woke Sloth remembers.

Abrams’ speech was so good even Fox News commentators were fawning over her. Twitter has been left in awe.

Some right-wingers were, however, apparently unhappy that Abrams’ speech was an appropriate length instead of an hour and 20 minutes of everything we’ve heard before inflated by 50 unnecessary standing ovations from Republicans.

Someone’s feeling threatened!

And for good reason.