Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, the well-known voting rights advocate and former gubernatorial candidate, went viral on Tuesday, April 20 for her extremely well-prepared answer to a "gotcha" question from Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana.
While offering her testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights, Kennedy asked Abrams whether she thought Georgia's recent controversial voting law was racist.
"I think there are provisions of it that are racist, yes."
With a tone of voice that suggested he didn't think she'd have an answer, Kennedy then asked:
"Tell me specifically, just give me a list of the provisions you object to."
Abrams immediately dove into her list, saying:
"It shortens the federal run-off period from nine weeks to four weeks. It restricts the time a voter can request and return an absentee ballot application."
After Abrams commented on these changes, Kennedy inquired:
"Ok, I get the idea. I get the idea" -- Stacey Abrams gave Sen. John Kennedy waaaaay more than he bargained for whe… https://t.co/rvZj8aLC9v— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1619020443.0
If you watch even a couple minutes of this testimony you’ll see @staceyabrams do what she does best: Respectfully… https://t.co/8QoL0cIvk3— Jason Kander (@Jason Kander)1619031911.0
Abrams went on to criticize the bill's limit on ballot drop boxes and its ban of "nearly all-out-of precinct votes."
Kennedy once again interrupted, hoping the list was at an end:
"OK. What else? Is that everything?"
Abrams gave a small laugh while responding:
"No, it is not. No, sir."
Do. Not. Come. For. Stacey. Abrams. https://t.co/5Vjk0i4Lhn— steven pasquale (@steven pasquale)1619024842.0
Lol 😂 Senator John Kennedy thought he was pulling a *gotcha* question on Stacey Abrams by asking her to list off a… https://t.co/90c0YH7xQp— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin)1619024073.0
While speaking about how the bill allows precincts to limit their voting hours, which "may have an effect on voters who cannot vote during business hours," Kennedy had finally had enough.
He cut her off, saying:
"OK. I get the idea."
Republicans’ voter suppression laws are targeting the voting rights of people of color. It’s modern-day Jim Crow.… https://t.co/lnwTSEtiKN— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer)1619058348.0
Twitter heaped praise on Abrams's professionalism and preparedness.
Underestimate @staceyabrams at your own peril 👊🏻 Republicans are so out of touch with the majority of Americans th… https://t.co/7Letd593sR— NikkiM (@NikkiM)1619100479.0
Careful what you ask for, Senator. 😂 Brava, @staceyabrams! https://t.co/BvZfuH2OwM— George Takei (@George Takei)1619036580.0
But seriously, how does anyone think to themselves, "I think I'll challenge Stacey Abrams on voting rights today and see how that goes"?— Dara Does Deep State, Esq. (@Dara Does Deep State, Esq.)1619036480.0
Many wondered what exactly Kennedy was expecting when he asked his "gotcha" question.
Don’t ask @staceyabrams a question if you don’t expect to receive a complete answer. #FightlikeaGirl https://t.co/FbpVjptsff— ❤️🧡💛ᗰia💚💙💜 (@❤️🧡💛ᗰia💚💙💜)1619090933.0
@staceyabrams MS ABRAMS !!!!!!!!!!!! Yes https://t.co/yWWYDCCyIz— Henry Winkler (@Henry Winkler)1619048942.0
This exchange came during the same hearing where Abrams got into a conflict with Texas Republican Senator John Corryn, who got steamed when Abrams agreed the bill made "deliberate attempts to suppress the minority vote."
But even he had the good sense to avoid asking her to list the reasons why GOP voter suppression laws are racist.