In a bid for US Congress, outspoken Republican talking head Angela Stanton-King has called for a timeout on “hollow sophisticated rhetoric” proffered by Democrats along with slow changes that have come for the citizens of Georgia and its 5th Congressional district.

Stanton-King, 43, looks to replace the irreplaceable icon John Lewis, the venerated Civil Rights hero who succumbed to pancreatic cancer after holding down the seat in the House of Representatives from 1987 until his passing in July 2020.

The author, television personality, entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker is unapologetically pro-Trump and is running as a Republican, an outlier in an overwhelmingly Democratic stronghold. 

President Donald Trump pardoned Stanton-King in February for her role in a car theft ring that led to a 2004 conviction on federal conspiracy charges and two years in prison. Despite these credentials and White House backing, Stanton-King said she is willing to reach across the aisle to get things done.

Stanton-King said these unprecedented times — which has included a global pandemic, an epidemic of violent police encounters with Blacks, massive unemployment leading to cataclysmic food insecurities — call for a radical paradigm shift in this heavily Democratic, black-majority district, which includes much of Metro Atlanta as well as parts of neighboring DeKalb and Clayton counties.

“Now, people have to understand that I’m in a position where I’m willing to work with any president to advance black America,” Stanton-King said. “This president and his administration just so happen to take me under their wing to give me a platform so I can run for Congress, and I can come back and fight for us. This is what I’m doing.

“So, I think it’s important for us to understand that we have to have representation on every side. I don’t think that it should be Democrat versus Republican, okay?” she continued. “We call out the wrong and we stand for what we stand for. But at the same time, when it comes to getting laws passed and things done, it has to be bipartisan. And it’s smart for us, as people of color, to have a seat at every table.”

Stanton-King is running against a formidable opponent with sterling credentials. 

In January 2019, Georgia State Senator Nikema Williams was elected to lead the Georgia Democratic Party. She became the first Black woman, the third woman, and second African American to chair the party. She also served as a delegate for the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Democratic National conventions. 

With this impressive pedigree, Stanton-King is perturbed and mystified as to why the favored Williams refuses to come to the debate table to discuss and dissect the prevalent issues of the day with her.

“Now my thing is we are both black women, because regardless of either one of us that when they see it will be historic. But why is it that two black women can’t come together and share ideas about what’s best for the citizens of Georgia?” Stanton-King asks incredulously. “Just because she and I both are running for the seat does not mean that we are enemies. And we’re at the leader supposed to show unity. And that’s what we want to see from the people that we are leading. 

“But she is already showing that she’s not willing to work with the other side. And I think that that is disrespectful,” she continued. “Nobody can give me any of our accomplishments.” 

Williams, 42, said she refuses to give validation to a political neophyte and interloper so that Stanton-King can manifest the goal to serve in Lewis’ vacated Congressional seat.

“I’m not going to give her a platform,” Williams said, according to WABE. “I’m not going to legitimize her candidacy.” 

Williams also intimated she doesn’t want to be involved with the type of repulsive discourse that characterized the first presidential debate between Trump and Joe Biden that was universally denounced. 

In the absence of an opportunity to verbally spar with Williams, Stanton-King shared with The Atlanta Voice her story and the political platform she’s running on, with abortion rights at the top of her priority list of things to obliterate.

Stanton-King emanates from an impoverished background and was sexually assaulted at five years old, which explains why she is a staunch defender of children.

“It almost destroyed my life. I understand how an early introduction to sex is very dangerous. We need to make sure that we’re allowing our children to be children. We need to protect our children,” Stanton-King said.

Stanton-King’s mother and grandmother both died while during her time in prison. And in 2004, she gave birth to her daughter while handcuffed to a hospital bed, an act she wants outlawed as part of a comprehensive prison reform package.

Stanton-King is also vehemently opposed to Planned Parenthood and Roe v. Wade that she says Williams and many blacks support. 

“It’s hypocritical to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ when we know Black life begins in the womb,” Stanton-King said.

She boasts of her more than a dozen years of public advocacy and says her post-prison life should serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for others.

“I wrote my first book. And after I wrote that book, I then opened up a publishing company and then began to hire other people and give them the opportunity to become published authors. This is how we become great,” Stanton-King said. “Through entrepreneurship, we have helped people understand that on the inside of them those talents that they already have and turned them into profitable businesses.”

If she wins, Stanton-King said she is looking to open more access to capital and credit, to improve education in the community she seeks to serve, and to improve police and community relations.

“We have to bring the community and the police together,” she said. “We cannot continue to create an atmosphere that makes it seem like we’re at war with the police. When we know we have family members, we have friends that work in law enforcement, we know that they say way more lies than they take the dangerous atmosphere that we’re creating, not only for ourselves but for them.”

(Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

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