Video of Stacey Abrams John Kennedy Clash Viewed Over 2 Million Times

A video showing Stacey Abrams giving a list of her objections to provisions in Georgia's new election law has been viewed more than 2 million times social media.

Abrams, a Democrat, was challenged by Republican Senator John Kennedy to list specific provisions that she did not agree with, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

The video was shared on Twitter by Senate Democrats where it has been viewed 2.5 million times, shared more than 20,000 times, and has amassed more than 55,000 likes.

In the clip, Kennedy asked Abrams: "You're against the Georgia Bill, I gather. Is that right?" and Abrams responded: "I'm against certain provisions of it, yes."

He then asked her: "I think you called it a racist bill, am I right?" to which she responded: "I think there are provisions of it that are racist, yes."

Republican Senator John Kennedy asks @StaceyAbrams to give him a list of provisions in Georgia’s new voter suppression law that she objects to.

It’s a long list.

Give it a listen:

— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) April 20, 2021

Kennedy then challenged Abrams to list the specific provisions she objects to. Abrams had a long list.

She told Kennedy that it:

  • "...shortens the federal run-off period from nine weeks to four weeks"
  • "...restricts the time a voter can request and return an absentee ballot application."
  • requires a voter to "have photo identification or another form of identification they're willing to surrender in order to participate in absentee ballot process"
  • that would make Georgia "only the fourth state in the nation to require voters to put at risk their identity."

But Kennedy interrupted Abrams and asked: "What else?"

Abrams continued:

  • saying the bill "eliminates over 300 hours of dropbox availability"
  • and that it "bans nearly all out of precinct votes."

Kennedy interrupted Abrams again and said: "Okay. What else? Is that everything?"

"No, it is not," Abrams told him, "No, sir."

She went on to say that the bill would allow precincts to limit their hours "which may have an effect on voters who cannot vote during business hours."

The Georgia politician then began to list another provision before Kennedy told her: "Okay, I get the idea."

Abrams has been praised for how she answered Kennedy's question and for how she continued to speak despite being interrupted by the senator.

The Black Voters Matter group wrote on Twitter: "RECEIPTS. It's clear he didn't expect a detailed answer to his question. Georgia's new voter suppression law is racist and targets mainly Black and brown voters. It has everything to do with historic turnout in the 2020 election. Shoutout to @staceyabrams for stating the facts!"

Jason Kander, former Secretary of State of Missouri, said: "If you watch even a couple minutes of this testimony you'll see @staceyabrams do what she does best: Respectfully and seriously make a compelling argument without alienating viewers who don't yet agree with her. Her professionalism never comes at the expense of passion."

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Stacey Abrams (right) has been praised for her response to Senator John Kennedy's (left) questions about the Georgia voting law.