Stacey Abrams – “Minority Leader” and a Historic Race for Governor in Georgia | The Daily Show



Please welcome Stacey Abrams. (cheering and applause) Hi. Welcome to the show. I did not sit down properly. There we go. -Welcome to the show.
-Thank you. Your story is one that has been
both inspirational and, uh, meteoric–
it feels like, and yet, on the ground, you have
been doing so much work. Before we get into the story
of how you've been, uh, getting people voting and how
you are conducting a race that many people do not believe
you can win, I wanted to ask you
about one thing I've noticed about you
in the news, and that is– We joke about it on the show–
but people often refer to you as "the first black
female governor." That's the one thing they say,
they go, "She could be the first
black female governor." And then they go,
"And her opponent…" And then they'll mention all the
things that he's running on, "His platform
is this, this, this, but she could be black
and a governor." Do you feel like sometimes
people only focus on the fact that you would
be making history and not on the fact that you
would be actually doing the job? I think sometimes there is
a Crayola version of policy-making that happens,
where they do focus on color. My mission is
to talk about issues, to talk about education, and to talk about why
it's so critical that we create jobs
for everyone that pay a good wage, to talk about expanding access
to Medicaid so poor people don't get sick
in Georgia, and that we have hospitals that can take care of people
when they get sick. But it's hard to get them
to focus on that because I think they're
so surprised, some, by how far I've been able
to come despite what they consider
both a disqualifier and a really interesting fact that fits really nicely
on a "chryon." -Right. And it's interesting
-A chyron. that you-you wrote about that
in the book as well. You speak about the difficulties
of being a person of color who is trying to run in a race
where people make that seem like it's some sort
of hindrance. You know, people will ask you,
they'll see, "Well, how do you plan to get
out the white vote?" And how do you plan to get out
the white vote? -I…
-(laughter) -I-I'll tell– No. I mean…
-(laughter) -No, it's funny,
'cause they don't– -It is. Like you say in the book,
they don't ask it the other way, so, like, but what do you,
what do you stick to when people ask you
that type of question? I talk to everyone
about what matters. What I tell folks, is I sound
the same in North Georgia, which is predominantly white,
and Midtown Atlanta, and Downtown Atlanta,
and in Savannah, I sound the exact same. I never change who I am
or what I talk about, because I think that,
fundamentally, it doesn't really matter
what race you are, -you want a good governor
who can lead. -Right. And I think that that's… that's what I want people
to see. You have been
personally attacked by the President
of the United States. -Yes, I have.
-Which I feel like you would wear
with a badge of honor. -Um…
-(laughter) Trump called you
the "open-border "crime-loving opponent
that the Democrats have given. -Yeah.
-"She's weak on vets, the military
and the Second Amendment." I'm a terrible person
by his estimation. Let me correct this. I believe in strong bipartisan
federal immigration. I do not love crime. In fact, I hate crime. Uh, I am the only candidate
in this race who's actually
passed legislation to protect our vets
and our military. -(cheering, applause)
-And I know how to shoot a gun. I… I know how to shoot a gun. I know you don't point it
at other people. I know how to use it
effectively. And I know that gun safety
means that some people shouldn't get to have guns,
'cause they'd hurt you. -Right.
-(cheering, applause) When… when the president
and your opponents talk about "crime-loving," they're really referring
to your prison policies and the ideas that you wish to
put forth about prison reform. -Yeah. -Why are those issues
that you are so focused on? I talk very openly about the
fact that I have a family member who has dealt with, uh, prison. He's an incredible man
who deserves every opportunity to be active and engaged
in society, and when we
as a community decide that you should be held
accountable for your crimes, we also have to decide
that you can come back -and be a part of our community
when you get out. -Right. I've spent the last seven years
working very closely with the governor of Georgia to push criminal justice
reform laws. Not only transition
for prisoners, but making sure
we don't charge someone who's 17 as though they're 18. Making sure that we
decriminalize being poor. You shouldn't go to jail
because you're poor, and you shouldn't stay in jail because you
can't afford justice. That doesn't make sense. (cheering, applause) The… the conversations
that people have in and around some
of your ideas is they say, "Oh, I mean, we understand
why you would say this "about, uh, you know,
criminal justice reform and-and why you
have these views on tax." One of the ideas I had…
that I heard about you that was really interesting
was someone actually said, "Stacey Abrams,
how can she be governor when she herself is in debt?" And what was interesting is,
you are the person who came out and told people when you were
running that you were in debt; you told people
that you have student loans. This is something
most candidates would hide. So if somebody wants
to vote for you and you are in debt,
how do you expect them to-to work through those two
seemingly conflicting ideas? So, I actually dedicate a whole
chapter in my book to money. Because one thing that you learn
when you are in the minority is that money plays
as huge a part in your success as your intellect,
as your capacity. It is an anchor
that can drag you down. And I want people to understand
that you want leaders who actually remember
what it was like to have to make decisions,
to struggle with money, to struggle with the real
choices we make every day. I have student loan debt 'cause
I went to really good schools that cost a lot of money. I have tax…
I reported my income… (cheering, applause) I reported my income to the IRS. They never failed
to know how much I owed them. I just told 'em,
"I'll get to you." -Right.
-I'm gonna pay… I… Because I have parents
who had medical needs. I have a niece, uh,
that my parents are raising. I have…
I am responsible, primarily, for not just my household,
but another one. And I want a leader who knows
how to make decisions when things are tough, not just
someone who can e-easy choices -because they've never
had to face challenge. -Right. -I think it makes me a better
candidate. -(cheering, applause) When-when you look at the issues that are driving you
in this race, one of the big things
people are concerned about are the raw numbers. People are saying
in order for you to win, you would
have to turn out the black vote like it has never
turned out before. And, in many ways,
that's the reason you're sitting here today.
That's the reason people are taking notice,
is because you have motivated black people to register to vote
like never before. I mean, I believe that you are
part of a campaign where, at one point,
800,000 black people had not registered to vote,
and I think that number has now diminished to 350,000,
which is an insane jump. -So…
-(applause) there are two things… there are things
that I would like to understand. One: why do you find,
in your personal experience, so many black people
don't register to vote? And, two: why do you think
it's so important to get these people into it?
It seems like an obvious answer, but-but why are you mobilizing
these people in that way -and how are you doing it?
-So, when I founded the New Georgia Project
in 2014 or 2013, there were 800,000 unregistered
people of color, the majority of whom… 600,000
of whom were African-American. But you also had a large
population of Latinos and a smaller population
of Asian-Americans who weren't registered. The problem with that is we are
making choices and decisions about everyone's lives,
and if you're not part of the decision-making,
I promise you you're still gonna be affected.
Uh, the really crass way I've heard it put
is "look, if you're… you're either at the table
or you are on the menu." And these were hundreds
of thousands of people– basically the state
of South Dakota– who were not engaged
in deciding leadership. They were watching
their hospitals get shut down, they were watching
their children go to prison, and they had no say.
I grew up in a family that was always been a part
of the civil rights movement. My parents helped register folks
before it was legal. -And they raised us to revere
the right to vote. -Right. I'm going to win this election
because I revere the right to vote, and I'm going
to talk to every single Georgian -because I know they're what
matters. -(cheering, applause) And… f… for me, the-the
real important piece of this– and-and I think why people get
confused– I want every vote, but I'm going to center
the votes of those who are the least likely
to be asked to vote. And that tends
to be people of color, predominantly African-Americans.
We have a n… We live in a nation
that has spent centuries -denying the right to vote,
-Mm-hmm. and spent decades creating
barriers to that right to vote, and I have an opponent
who is a remarkable architect of voter suppression.
My mission is to tell folks he doesn't matter. You do.
Your right to vote is yours, and I'm gonna give you
a reason to use it. Because when you elect me
as the next governor, your life will get better because we're gonna
work on it together. (cheering, applause) Thank you so much
for doing our show. Really wonderful having you. Minority Leader
is available now. Stacey Abrams, everybody.

Maurice Vega

26 Responses

  1. This gap toothed moron has a lot of nerve to think she’s qualified to be president (or even governor) when her 1 & only skill is racebaiting

  2. Stacey needs to thank George Soros and the new Socialist & Communist leadership for making it as far as she did.  Just a few more million illegals, and she can win this thing!  Go Stacey, Go!!!

  3. 0:45 Yes, Abrams refers to herself that way and heard her repeated reference race in her speeches. It isn't "them" it is her.

  4. I brought alot of white babies and they goging to vote and i have really put this in there minds stay with your race they

  5. Stacy is a stupid politician nothing on this earth drives us whites to the polls than when you talk gun control and if your black

  6. Hahahaha looks like people are waking up and becoming immune to celebrity libtard propaganda. All of the canidates with celebrity endorsements lost…Abrams, Beta, Bredesen. Thank god the American people are able to see through the bs being spewed by leftist mouth pieces such as Oprah, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé/ Jay Z, all of Hollywood, etc. These out of touch elitists don't care about anything other than furthering their socialist/ leftist agenda. Can't wait for Trump to get reelected in 2020.

  7. She is just black and she can't do the job and she won't do the job you and all her ethnic buds need to roll one up and get over it

  8. Those Canadians and Europeans who have tried to change the vote please lower yourself down on your knees and unzip my zipper and do what you do best thank you in advance

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