Stacey Abrams ran for Governor of Georgia last year during midterm elections, but her ideas and campaign stances held the attention of millions outside the state lines.
That’s why Americans across the country were thrilled when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that Abrams would be delivering the official rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union on February 5.
NEW: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announces Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democrats' response to the State of the Union.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2019
Though Abrams lost her election by 1.2 percentage points (largely due to voting policies in the state designed to benefit the GOP), she’s retained the national attention brought on by her campaign.
But though Abrams is adored by Democrats, Republicans critical of her delivering the State of the Union response spoke out as well.
One was particularly notable: 2008 Vice Presidential nominee and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.
Chuck Schumer Wants A LITERAL LOSER To Deliver The Democratic SOTU Response https://t.co/NkSD9kLhX3
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) January 29, 2019
Palin shared an article from a far-right Republican blog calling Abrams a “LITERAL LOSER.” The irony seemed to be lost on the Vice Presidential nominee, who with the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), lost her presidential bid in 2008 to a much wider margin.
Since the 2008 election, Palin has become more and more of a fringe politician, however she’s still fiercely popular with the Tea Party (her rhetoric during the 2008 campaign helped mobilize the then-burgeoning GOP subset) as well as many on the alt-right.
However, in the political mainstream, she’s regarded as little more than a GOP pundit, which may be why her tweet instantly began getting backlash.
I must have missed when you were sworn in as Vice President, literal loser.
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) January 30, 2019
You lost the VP race. You quit your job as governor so you could do a TV show. That got canceled. Now you’re just an idiot tweeting and trying to stay relevant. I’d say you live in a glass house but you’re too stupid to know what that means. Loser indeed.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) January 30, 2019
Gov. Palin I just wanted to congratulate you on finishing this tweet.
— PerpHatWalk (@Popehat) January 29, 2019
Hey man, I forget, what are you most famous for again
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) January 29, 2019
Wow. A person who’s performance on the national stage set the standard for moronic loser disparaging a woman of color for losing a very close- rigged -election in a deeply red southern state. Sarah, you exemplify everything vacuous, uninspiring, & reductive in American politics.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) January 30, 2019
They even reminded Palin of some of her statements from 2008.