Stacey Abrams, candidate for the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, rejected President Trump, who considered her "unqualified". He said the Republicans were "scared" because polls show that their party is close to defeat in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Abrams made the statements appear on CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC News's "Meet the Press", one day after former President Barack Obama stumbled in Atlanta for them.
"I think his assessment is vapid and superficial," Abrams told Trump over "Trump the Press". "I am the most qualified candidate, I am an entrepreneur, I am a tax lawyer trained at Yale Law School, I am a mayor who has helped to register more than 200,000 Georgians."
Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper why she thinks Trump made the remarks, Abrams said it was because the Republicans "see the same numbers we see".
"I think they get scared, and I think despair leads to comments that are not necessarily based on reality," she said.
On Thursday, Trump had weighed in at a press conference on Abram's immigration campaign against Republican Brian Kemp. Trump said it was "okay" that media mogul Oprah Winfrey beat the campaign for Abrams, but added, "The woman who supports her is not qualified."
If Abrams was elected, he would become the nation's first black governor.