(CNSNews.com) - In a speech at the National Action Network (NAN) Conference Thursday., Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said that if Democrat Stacey Abrams doesn’t win the Georgia gubernatorial race, “it’s clear” the Republicans stole the election.
“If Stacey Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it. It’s clear. It’s clear. I say that publicly. It’s clear,” Brown said.
He also accused the GOP of trying to steal the election in Florida and Ohio.
“What they’re trying to do in Florida to the gubernatorial candidate and to the Senate candidate running for re-election, what they tried to do in Ohio with some success by voter purging, what they did in Georgia when they shut down rural precincts that were predominately African-Americans where many people simply don’t have transportation to get to the polls, that’s what they do,” Brown said.
“They can’t win elections, cause there’s way more of us than there are them. They can’t win elections fairly. They win elections by redistricting and reapportionment and voter suppression and all the ways they try to scare people, particularly people of color, how they make it hard for people on college campuses, especially community college where there are more low-income people and more people of color,” he said.
Brown was one of several Democratic lawmakers to speak at the conference after being introduced by NAN founder, Rev. Al Sharpton. The senator used his speech to bash President Donald Trump and call him a racist and anti-Semite.
“We also know that Donald Trump with his phony populism has fooled people into believing that he’s on their side by attacking work, by attacking fellow Americans, by calling people names, by attacking immigrants,” Brown said.
“He purposely pits one group against another to distract from the fact that the White House looks like a retreat for Wall Street and oil company executives, and that’s how he continues to distract and divide, but that phony populism. That’s not populism. Populists are not racists. Populists are not anti-Semetic. Populists don’t carry water for the gun lobby,” he added.
“Populists don’t appeal to some by pushing others down. That’s why I say in America we will never give up the hallowed ground of patriotism to the extremists at our state house … and the extremists in this White House,” Brown said.