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Joe Biden snapped at a reporter on Tuesday who asked him why Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams didn’t attend his voting rights speech in Atlanta.
While briefly speaking with reporters, Biden insisted that Abrams did not snub him and that she didn’t attend because there was a scheduling “miz-up.”
“Are you insulted [Stacey Abrams] is skipping the speech?” a reporter asked Joe Biden before he boarded Marine One.
“I’m insulted by the question,” Biden shouted back, pointing his finger.
“I spoke to Stacey this morning. We have a great relationship. We got our scheduling mixed up. I talked to her at length this morning. We’re all on the same page, and everything’s fine,” he added.
Things are going so badly for Biden that even Democrats are boycotted his speech.
Abrams, who is campaigning to be the governor of Georgia, did not attend the event.
Abrams said she cannot appear with him because of a scheduling conflict but she offered her support on Twitter.
“The fight for voting rights takes persistence. As MLK exhorted, ‘The clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now before it is too late.’ Thank you, @POTUS, for refusing to relent until the work is finished. Welcome back to Georgia where we get well done,” she said.
The fight for voting rights takes persistence. As MLK exhorted, “The clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now before it is too late.” Thank you, @POTUS, for refusing to relent until the work is finished. Welcome back to Georgia where we get good done. #FTVA #JLVRAA
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) January 10, 2022
Skeptics like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough speculated that Abrams was thinking about her political future, due to Biden’s lagging poll numbers nationally and in Georgia.
“I am not criticizing Stacey Abrams here,” Scarborough said. “I am making a comment about the political standing of Joe Biden as seen from a woman who’s running for governor of Georgia and wants to win that election. Politicians show up with presidents when they have 52% of approval ratings.”
“Politicians don’t show up with presidents when their approval ratings may be in the 30s in the state,” he added.
“This is politics 101. I find it fascinating, and it speaks less to Stacey Abrams that really does than it does what she perceives Joe Biden’s political standing to be in the state of Georgia right now that she’s not showing up in an event that was custom-made for herm,” he said, adding that Abrams is the “one champion of voting right and she’s the one had Joe Biden wins the state of Georgia. She’s on the forefront of everything we are talking about today.”
“All the more reason you’d think she would be there unless she thought it didn’t help her campaign running for governor of Georgia,” he said.
Aside from Abrams, several progressives also skipped the event in protest.
Several left-wing groups asked Biden not to come to the state without a plan to pass voting rights legislation and some are boycotting the president’s event.
“We’re beyond speeches. We’re beyond events,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter. “What we are demanding is federal legislation.”
The Asian American Advocacy Fund, Black Voters Matter Action Fund, GALEO Impact Fund, Inc., New Georgia Project Action Fund, and Black Voters Matter announced ahead of Biden’s visit that they will not attend.