ATLANTA – A crowd of several thousand people at a rally aroused their affection on Friday for two historic political figures when former President Barack Obama summoned the Georgians to appear on Tuesday to help Stacey Abrams become the next governor of Georgia ,
Abrams, 44, who, if elected, would be the nation's first black governor, is involved in one of the most watched midterm competitions in the Republican Brian Kemp election.
"She is the most experienced and qualified candidate in this race," said Obama, who served for two days as the country's first African-American president, one day after President Trump said Abrams was "not qualified" to become governor.
Trump is scheduled to visit Georgia on Sunday to dull for Kemp.
In a nearly 45-minute speech, Obama criticized both Trump and Kemp, who is also State Secretary in Georgia, and has come under fire for policies and practices that have blocked or removed hundreds of thousands of people, including many minorities. from the voting roles of the last years.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that Kemp's office must immediately cease using the "exact match" rule, which put more than 50,000 potential voters on hold for minor differences between their registration applications and other official records. The early vote in Georgia ended on Friday.
"If you aspire to a higher ministry that obliges you to look for the people in your state, how can you actively seek to prevent the citizens of your state from exercising their most basic right?" Obama said.
Abrams and other activists have also criticized Kemp for continuing his job as the state's top election official and applying to the governor. Kemp has said that he is trying to protect the electoral system from fraud.
Obama also rebuked Kemp for withdrawing from a debate because she would have conflicted with Trump's visit. Kemp and Abrams should start a second time on Sunday at 5pm. Earlier this week, Trump announced that he would hold a rally Sunday at 4:00 pm in Macon, about 90 minutes southeast of Atlanta. Atlanta's Channel 2, the sponsor of the debate, offered several options to reschedule the debate, but the campaigns could not agree on a new date and time.
"I withdrew your opponent from this debate. He will go to a rally instead, "Obama said. "He can not do both? What is he afraid of? I'm afraid he's afraid of Stacey. "
Obama also continued his criticism of Trump and the leaders of the Republican members of Congress because they shook their bases with horror tactics and "lies".
"Leaders at the highest levels of public office … are always lying, bald, shameless – just do something, just say things that they know are not true."
"Read!" Called the crowd every time Obama paused between adverbs.
He also said voters should oppose the Republican support that they have found for the protection of pre-existing conditions, a key component of the Affordable Care Act, which they have repeatedly pledged to try to lift.
"I mean, they have chosen dozens of times to try to eliminate protection for existing conditions. Last year, they had one vote too short, "said Obama. "If they win on Tuesday, they will come back after health care. … But a democratic congress will not allow that. He also noted that Abrams had promised to bring Medicaid's expansion to Georgia, something Kemp said was too expensive. He also said he would protect existing conditions, but did not specify how.
Obama also suggested that Trump plan a plan to send troops to the border in response to the caravan of migrants arriving from Central America. "They're sending them off to a political stunt. … Our military deserves more than that. That's not patriotism. "
The former president had raised similar points of criticism against his successor at a rally for governor candidate of Florida Democratic Andrew Gillum. He would become the first black governor of the Sunshine State to defeat Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday. Trump campaigned this week in Florida for DeSantis, a former congressman who betrayed Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, in polls.
After Abrams had introduced Obama on Friday, Abrams sat behind him on a stage with supporters standing in front of a huge sign reading, "Our chance. Our choice. "It was the second time in so many days that she was in the limelight with a national celebrity. On Thursday, media mogul Oprah Winfrey was in suburban Atlanta to host two town halls with Abrams. Then she made an exploration for Abrams, shocking and delighted unsuspecting people who answered their doors to find the longtime talk show queen on her steps.
The rally took place at Morehouse College, one of the country's most prestigious historic black institutions. Martin Luther King Jr. was an alumnus, as were film directors Spike Lee and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor.
The 6,000-seat Forbes Arena was filled to the rafters, and people stood shoulder to shoulder on the floor in front of the stage. The event felt like a pep rally on which people spontaneously sang "A-brams!" A-Brams! "Or crowd-waves and dancing to R & B and hip-hop music. Speakers included former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bordeaux, who are protesting against Republican incumbents in neighboring congressional districts in suburban Atlanta. Alternately, spectators cheered the candidates for the congress and the state legislature and called several celebrities who appeared for the event, including the actor Chris Tucker, the rapper Two Chainz and Kandi Burruss of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta".
Christine Boyd, wearing a cap named Obama in glittering letters, came to the rally with her son Keith Russell. Boyd said she had voted for Abrams early. Russell said he was always looking forward to voting on election day.
Both said they had been encouraged by the rally and would work harder to persuade others to vote.
"I like the energy, I like the excitement and I like being part of the story," said Boyd. As for the people who did not attend the rally and did not receive the boost, she said, "I think it's word of mouth. I think when we all go home, talk to our neighbors, talk to our friends, talk to our family – it will take such a grassroots effort to outdo them. But we can do it. "
Representative John Lewis, the icon of civil rights Atlanta represents in Congress, brought with it a sense of history, reminding the crowd that the African Americans had the right to speak to black lawyers, doctors, and teachers in the South before the election They could not read or write well enough to register. "We will not go back. We have come too far! We are going forward! "
"Vote! Vote! Vote!" Cried the crowd.
"It's in our hands! It's up to us to make Stacey Abrams the next Governor of Georgia, "Lewis thundered. You can do it, you can do it, we have to do it! "