On Friday (July 15), Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams denied claims she has ever supported defunding the police.
The statement by Abrams came after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) began running an ad that linked Abrams to the “Defund the Police” movement.
According to a statement first published by Fox News Digital, Abrams said, “I do not and never have supported efforts to defund the police.”
She then went on to criticize statement made by Kemp, saying unlike the Georgia Governor “who has called base pay for law enforcement officers ‘bad policy,'” she fully supports investing in law enforcement to “ensure that no one is working in public safety without just compensation — while also working to improve accountability and build trust within our communities.”
Her denial was accompanied by a 30 second ad she released earlier on Friday, titled “Truth.”
In the ad, Abrams alleges Kemp’s comments are a ploy to distract voters from her record that proves she has supported law enforcement throughout her political career.
In the ad, Abrams asserts that the Governor wants voters to be afraid of her because “he thinks it will distract Georgians from the truth.”
The Democratic candidate then states that she’s worked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, “the Sheriff’s Association, and with our police departments to ensure that they had the resources, the training, and the support they needed.”
Abrams also promises to “support law enforcement. And law enforcement agrees. Brian Kemp wants to bash me for my honesty and lie about my record, but my parents taught me to tell the whole story, and that’s the truth.”