During her appearance Monday night on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Abrams said, “There’s an orange menace of putrescence who will no longer be able to occupy the White House.”
On Monday night, Stacey Abrams stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to release her anxieties about the emotional election and candidly spoke on her reaction to Georgia’s significance on November 3.
Abrams has been the topic of conversation ever since Georgia went blue during the 2020 presidential election — this flip from red to blue led to Joe Biden’s historic win. When speaking on last Wednesday, she shared, “This was the first time I’ve woken up in a November without curling into the fetal position first,” Abrams said. “The numbers got bigger and bigger and we got happier and happier.”
As many now know, the former gubernatorial candidate is responsible for registering hundreds of thousands of Georgian voters. Her work alongside initiatives by grassroots organizations including her own The New Georgia Project has pushed her back into the spotlight.
Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ win being announced on Saturday. This hasn’t stopped Donald Trump and his administration from declaring fraudulent votes were a part of the election. Even with a lack of evidence, Trump still hasn’t conceded.
When asked how she helped turn Georgia blue, Abrams responded by sharing: “I want to make sure we give credit to so many groups who have been working at this for a very long time.” She added, “My part was when I became Democratic leader in 2010, I started building an infrastructure to focus on registration, on recruiting and training staff… and I advanced that through multiple cycles.”
If you’re curious about what exactly happened in 2018, she mentioned for her gubernatorial race she raised $40 million and kept raising funds after she lost. This was to keep building upon the infrastructure she’d already built.
Separately, Colbert asked Abrams for her thoughts on those who have said the election wasn’t won by the Democrats. She laughed and said, “We really won.” She also added, “There’s an orange menace of putrescence who will no longer be able to occupy the White House. That’s a big deal.”
On Biden, she shared, “There is an incoming president who has moral leadership and character, and who actually believes in science and facts.” Abrams also took a moment to acknowledge Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, “We have seen the change of the face of leadership by adding Kamala Harris, so women can see themselves, women writ large and women of color in particular, can see themselves in the highest positions in the land. Oh, and did I mention, Trump is leaving? That’s a big win.” Harris’ exciting win makes her the first woman ever elected to this position. It also made her the first Black and South Asian woman to do so.
When asked if she’d gotten any time to celebrate the election, Abrams admitted, “I had about 17 minutes on Saturday afternoon and I’m good. We got to win two Senate races.” That’s a sobering response as Americans prepare for the road ahead beyond the presidential election.