As Brian Kemp suppresses the Black vote in Georgia, Oprah comes to campaign for Stacey Abrams
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey came to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams, who could become Georgia’s first Black woman governor. Amid the close political race, concerns and allegations have been surging over voter suppression tactics being used by Abrams’ GOP opponent, Brian Kemp, to hinder Black turnout.
In one of the nation’s closest races ahead of the midterms, many accuse Brian Kemp of suppressing Black voters by rigging the voting system. Most notably, Kemp, is withholding around 53,000 voter registration applications for “additional screening.” About 70 percent of them are from Black voters.
“I want to tell you… no one paid for me to come here. No one asked me to come here,” Oprah said at a Marietta rally, “I came for myself and I approve this message.”
Winfrey cites “haters” and voter suppression as to why she came to support Abrams’ campaign.
“You keep it coming on,” Winfrey said. She added that “if you’re woke just a little bit, you know everyone is not treated equally” and that Abrams would surely “serve the underserved.”
Winfrey also went door to door to reach and turn out Black voters.
Abrams told NBC News in a statement, “I am honored to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians.”
Many have also called for Kemp to leave office as his current position as Georgia’s Secretary of State allows him to sway voting systems and requirements to his advantage.
As Oprah continues to campaign for Abrams, President Trump is expected to rally for Kemp this Sunday.