â€œThereâ€™s a lot of finger-pointing going on and you seem to be implying that it was Georgiaâ€™s secretary of state that was targeting communities of color,â€ McCain said onÂ â€œThe Viewâ€ Thursday. â€œBut most of the counties that had issues this week were run by Democrats.â€
Abrams, a gubernatorial candidate in 2018 and a possible vice presidential pick, told McCain that the Republican secretary of state was the election superintendent. As such, heâ€™s responsible for overseeing all voting in the state â€” even in Democratic areas â€• and problems were rife throughout Georgia, she noted.
â€œYour access to democracy shouldnâ€™t depend on your county of residence,â€ Abrams said.Â Â
The pair also went at it over What McCain described as Abramsâ€™ comparison of the U.S. to Turkey under dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
â€³[Erdogan] is a horrific, murderous dictator. Do you really think itâ€™s fair to call the United States no better than Turkey?â€ McCain asked.
â€œI didnâ€™t call it no better than Turkey,â€ Abrams said. â€œI said that weâ€™re on the path to populist authoritarianism similar to what we saw with Erdogan.â€
Abrams pointed out that Trump has already begun to follow in Erdoganâ€™s path by stacking the courts with judges who support him,Â eliminating independent guardrails on democracy and using his power to call for the militarization of public institutions.
â€œWeâ€™re seeing evidence of that in the United States,â€ Abrams said.
â€œWe have to acknowledge the authoritarian nature of Donald Trump,â€ she added. â€œAnd weâ€™ve got to nip it in the bud if we want democracy to continue here, and if we want to continue to be the moral leader abroad.â€Â
Check out Abramsâ€™ take on the Georgia primary in the video above. Her clash with McCain begins at 3:16.
Abramsâ€™ warning on Trumpâ€™s â€œauthoritarian natureâ€ is shown in the following tweet:Â
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