Democratic voting rights activist Stacey Abrams told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night that Republican efforts to "audit" the 2020 presidential election in Arizona are a "continuation of the insurrection" and "a continuation of the Big Lie" that the election was stolen.
STACEY ABRAMS, FOUNDER, FAIR FIGHT: It's a continuation of the big lie. But more importantly, and more concerningly, it's a continuation of the insurrection of this attempt to descend, descend franchise voters and dismiss the legitimacy of our elections. And we know that this is only part of a larger intention. Just today there leaked audio from Heritage Action for America, where they admitted that this is model legislation being promulgated across the country through a vast Republican intention of limiting access to the right to vote because they think it's the best way to win.
And according to the leaked audio, they've been meeting with secretaries of states, with governors, with legislators, all with the intent of putting forward legislation that will restrict access to the right to vote and make it easier for Republicans to win. And we should all be concerned because our elections are not about partisanship. It should not be a question of Republicans or Democrats gaming the system, but everyone being able to participate and make their own choices.
ANDERSON COOPER: Which so kind of Orwellian about all this is at the same time this is happening -- Kevin McCarthy is saying that no one is contesting the legitimacy of the last election, which is exactly what they're doing.
ABRAMS: Well, they're not only -- is not only is there this hypocrisy, but it's gaslighting, they are saying aloud, that there's nothing wrong and at the exact same time they're pushing forward legislation to fix something they say is broken. Either they're lying, then or they were lying, or they're lying now. And the reality is the lie that continues to weave its way through our democracy is one that turns this issue of partisanship, this naked partisan grab. It distracts us from the fact that this is about citizenship, who has the right to vote in our nation? And should that vote be impeded? Because someone doesn't like the choice you're going to make?
The answer should be unequivocally no.