Stacey Abrams is spending the final weekend of the midterm elections hoping to make history as the nation's first black female governor. But to hear President Trump tell it, the Georgia Democrat is unqualified.
Trump has not said exactly why he thinks Ron DeSantis, a former Republican congressman running in Florida, is.
On Monday, Trump sent out a tweet in support of DeSantis, citing his Yale undergraduate education and 5½ years in the House of Representatives.
On Thursday, he opined on Abrams, telling reporters: "It is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia, not qualified."
Take a look at her past, take a look at her, take a look at what she wants to do and what she has in mind for the state. That state wants to be big, big trouble very quickly, and the people of Georgia do not want that, "Trump said.
DeSantis, who trumps thinks would be "a great governor."
Abrams has a doctorate from Yale Law School, the top law school in the nation. News & World Report. It's the same law school as Trump's most recent Supreme Court pick, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. She also holds a master's degree in public policy and has a long-term law-making career beyond DeSantis, serving even as a minority leader in Georgia's House of Representatives.
DeSantis held no leadership positions while in Congress. And Brian Kemp, Abrams's Republican opponent in the governor's race, so hero no leadership positions while serving the state senate. 50,000 Georgia residents refuse to approve their registration applications. (Kemp is Georgia's secretary of state, but it has not been approved.)
In fact, Abrams has more elite education and lawmaking experience than Trump himself. So how could she be "unqualified" for the job for which some say she's been trumpeting since the days when Trump was a Democrat?
Racism and sexism, according to Trump critics.
Trump to be racist and sexist. Given Abrams's identity as a black woman, some conclude that this is "unqualified" to be the most powerful politico in Georgia, a state that trumps won in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has a history of dismissing black women.
Abrams supporter Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) – who calls trump "a low IQ" individual – is one of his most frequent targets of derision. And media icon Oprah Winfrey, who has been campaigning for Abrams this week, has found herself on the receiving end of trump attacks, after talking about her running against Trump in 2020's picked up.
In the 2016 exit polls, 76 percent of those said they were "scared" of a trump win. And in a Gallup vote, 72 percent of black women said they were "strongly agreed" that they were afraid of what would happen.
This is why they are voted the Trump at the highest rate in 2016 – and are expected to continue to show their support for the Republican Party in this year's midterm elections.
Trump knows this and lobs vague but dismissive terms like "unqualified" to Abrams because it is effective with its base by speaking to the "cultural anxiety".
To Trump's base, which is well represented in Georgia, Abrams is unqualified, despite its many merits. But also consider that Georgia is on the majority state and that Abrams identities, experience and worldview reflect those of many of the state's residents.
Ultimately, Trump is arguing that Abrams lacks the qualifications to lead Georgia into the type of nation that he and his supporters envision.
Anyone paying attention to Georgia's gubernatorial race knows that Abrams has no interest in backing Trump's vision. She wants to dismiss it.