Last night after President Trump gave an uninspired and unfocused State Of The Union Address that missed the mark, Stacey Abrams hit back with a powerful poignant Democratic response that was delivered with grace, passion and patriotism.
Touching on gun control, the dwindling middle class, reproductive justice, voter suppression and health care, the 45-year-old Democratic Party rising star proved that she understands the needs and concerns of the American people.
Abrams, who lost her governor bid for Georgia last November, opened her response speaking about her own family and how they teetered between being lower middle class and working class.
“Now, we only had one car, so sometimes my dad had to hitchhike and walk long stretches during the 30 mile trip home from the shipyards.”
She also honed in on how voter suppression, a factor in her own political loss, continues to be a persistent problem across the country.
“Let’s be clear: Voter suppression is real,” Abrams said, speaking in Atlanta.
“From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.”
She also ripped Trump for his “build the wall” mantra and inhumane immigration policies.
“We know bipartisanship could craft a 21st-century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart,” adding, “Compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders. President Reagan understood this. President Obama understood this. Americans understand this and the Democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders.”
Circling back to the issues that everyday Americans face daily, Abrams stressed that Republicans are out of touch and don’t understand “real life.”
“In Georgia and around the country, people are striving for a middle class where a salary truly equals economic security,” she said.
“But instead, families’ hopes are being crushed by Republican leadership that ignores real life or just doesn’t understand it. Under the current administration, far too many hard-working Americans are falling behind, living paycheck to paycheck, most without labor unions to protect them from even worse harm.”
Abrams also spoke in length about the failing health care system that often pushes out the most vulnerable, making mention of maternal mortality rates that disproportionately impact Black women.
“Maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth and in 14 states, including my home state, where a majority want it, our leaders refuse to expand Medicaid, which could save rural hospitals, save economies, and save lives,” she stressed.
It’s clear that Abrams struck a cord with Americans. Even Fox News, of all people, praised her speech stressing that she stuck to the issues in ways the President failed to do.
Take a look at some of Abrams’ rave reviews on social media.
Read a full transcript of Abrams speech here.
Stacey Abrams achieved in a matter of minutes something Donald Trump failed to do in over an hour -- to embrace and give voice to the spirit and core values that make America great.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 6, 2019
Last night, @StaceyAbrams showed President Trump what real leadership looks like.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 6, 2019
She was compelling, warm and caring about people and their plights, but filled with the hope and promise of the American dream. She knocked it out of the park.
.@staceyabrams perfectly summed it up last night: voters should be able to pick their leaders, politicians shouldn’t be able to pick their voters. Glad that she and so many others are fighting to end voter suppression. pic.twitter.com/sxZLEi087E— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 6, 2019
As I walk into my hotel lobby in Atlanta this morning, a girl, probably about 11-12 years old comes out of the elevator wearing a Stacey Abrams shirt.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 6, 2019
The young people will win.
Stacey Abrams has "become the public face of a new strategy centered around expanding the ballot to poor people, people of color, and people with disabilities" making voting rights central issue in Dem party. Smart piece by @fivefifths https://t.co/yiOu6gveEh— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) February 6, 2019
STACEY ABRAMS SAID REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE!!!— Renee Bracey Sherman (she/her) (@RBraceySherman) February 6, 2019
Your address was AWESOME! It was thoughtful, uplifting, and FACTUAL! You represent us well. Thank you for all that you do. 🙂🙏🏾 #fairfightga #FairFightAction #TeamAbrams @staceyabrams https://t.co/WYwJ1HnVwj— DrNicolleMD (@DrNicolleMD) February 6, 2019
More Stacey abrams. More Kamala Harris. More Kirsten gillibrand. More Nancy pelosi. More aoc. More sharice david. More Danica Roem.— Monjula Ray (@queerBengali) February 6, 2019
Less all the white dudes in black face.
That’s what the Democratic Party needs now.
I can see young Black women and girls watching Stacey's #SOTUResponse and being inspired by her vision for our country and seeing themselves in her. This is the state of our union.— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) February 6, 2019
I’m just sayin... Stacey is presidential material, PERIODT. #SOTUResponse— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) February 6, 2019
Biggest winner last night at SOTU was Stacey Abrams. I do not think she should run for the Senate in Georgia. I think she should be someone’s Veep— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) February 6, 2019