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Moulton: 'If this country wasn't racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor'

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonLawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot House chairman endorses Michele Flournoy for Biden's Pentagon chief Trump critic: I am not afraid of Trump MORE (D-Mass.) said Sunday that racism in America prevented Stacey Abrams from being elected governor of Georgia last year.

“If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor,” the White House hopeful said during a CNN town hall in Atlanta. “People of color are being systemically denied the most basic right in a democracy, which is the right to vote.”

Abrams, a black woman, lost the 2018 gubernatorial race to Brian Kemp, a white man, by a little more than 1 percentage point.

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The contest was rife with allegations of minority voter suppression by Kemp, who was secretary of state before running for governor.

Moulton's comment came in response to a question he received about how his administration would combat systemic racism.

The Massachusetts lawmaker called for the protection of voting rights and criminal justice reform.

"I smoked weed when I was younger. I didn’t get caught, but if I had, I would’ve been fine because I’m a white guy," Moulton said to illustrate his point about America's criminal justice system being racist.

He promised to ensure "not two sets of laws — one for black, one for white; one for rich, one for poor — but that everyone in America is subject to the same laws" if elected.