9:51pm PT by Lexy Perez
Stacey Abrams Says an "Orange Menace of Putrescence" Will No Longer Occupy White House
Though President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden were at the center of the recent election, Stacey Abrams has also been in the spotlight.
Joining Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Monday night, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate reacted to many crediting her as the reason Georgia turned blue and secured a Biden win. The Southern state has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton, but Abrams has been praised for her efforts in working to get Georgia citizens to register and take to the polls.
Abrams recounted seeing Biden's numbers in Georgia rise last week and feeling hopeful. "This was the first time I've woken up in a November without curling into the fetal position first," Abrams told Colbert. "The numbers got bigger and bigger and we got happier and happier. "
Though it was announced Saturday that Biden has been declared the president-elect and Kamala Harris the vice president-elect, Trump has continued to make claims that there were fraudulent votes in the 2020 presidential contest and that the election was rigged.
When asked what she would say to those questioning whether the Democratic Party truly won the election, Abrams laughed and said, "We really won." She also added that it's a "big deal" to know that "an orange menace of putrescence" will "no longer be able to occupy the White House." Colbert jokingly began writing down Abrams' comment to reference in the future.
Abrams also praised Biden for being "an incoming president who has moral leadership and character and who actually believes in science and facts." She celebrated that America now gets to see a "change in the face of leadership" through Harris, who made history after becoming the country's first woman elected to that position as well as the first Black and South Asian person in the role.
"Women of color, in particular, can see themselves in the highest positions in the land," Abrams said before quipping, "Oh, did I mention Trump is leaving? That's a big win. We can get the rest of it done."
With many celebrating a Trump loss, including Colbert, who said earlier in the show that "after four years, Americans can exhale," Abrams admitted she isn't giving herself much freedom to celebrate.
"I had about 17 minutes on Saturday afternoon and I'm good. We've got to win two Senate races," she said.