Georgia's Stacey Abrams is giving the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union address — and Sarah Palin is not pleased
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wasn’t impressed with who the Democrats chose to rebut the upcoming State of the Union address — and social media users weren’t impressed with how Palin chose to express that disapproval.
On Tuesday former candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams, a 45-year-old breakout star in the Democratic party last year, accepted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer‘s invitation to respond to President Donald Trump‘s speech annual address, for Tuesday.
After the news broke, Palin tweeted, “Chuck Schumer Wants A LITERAL LOSER To Deliver The Democratic SOTU Response” along with a link to a website called Chicks on the Right.
The headline of the story that Palin, 54, shared was the exact same as the tweet, but that didn’t stop Twitter users from reminding the former mayor and Miss Alaska — often sharply — that she was also on a prominent losing ticket.
Hers, from 2008, included herself as vice president and the late Sen. John McCain as president. (In the summer of 2009, months after their defeat, Palin resigned her governorship more than a year early.)
One user responded to her Tuesday tweet, which has since been deleted, “I must have missed when you were sworn in as Vice President, literal loser.”
Another wrote: “Thank you madame vice presi… oh yeah. Never mind.”
“Hey man, I forget, what are you most famous for again,” added a third.
After Abrams agreed to give the Democratic response, she tweeted, “At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common purpose, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response.”
A former minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams grew to prominence for her narrowly unsuccessful bid in 2018 to become the first black woman governor.
Abrams lost to her Republican challenger, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, by less than 2 points — the closest margin of any Democrat in two decades and the closest gubernatorial race in 50-plus years, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Abrams has attracted widespread grassroots and celebrity support as well as prominent political endorsements, including from Barack Obama. Oprah Winfrey and Will Ferrell went door-to-door campaigning for her.
In the run-up to the election, President Donald Trump called Abrams unqualified to serve as governor and Abrams was quick to defend herself on CNN.
He’s wrong,” she responded. “As President Obama pointed out, I am the most qualified candidate running. If you look at both my academic background, my work history … I know what I’m talking about, and I have the plans to prove it.”
In addition to her time as a state lawmaker, Abrams as the deputy city attorney of Atlanta.