‘Our tone won’t change’: Jen Psaki doubles down in attacks on Georgia electoral law, making it harder to vote absent after fact-checkers blame Biden for claiming to quit voting at 5 p.m.
- White House press officer Jen Psaki tore new Georgian law when asked about Biden’s past comments
- A Washington Post fact-checker gave President Joe Biden “four Pinocchios” after saying the bill would “stop voting at five.”
- It sets hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day and standardizes early ballots, but counties can still have it end at 7 p.m.
- It also sets new ID requirements for absentee votes, which Democrats say can suppress minority votes
- The law came after Joe Biden won the state and the Democrats prevailed in two second elections
- Stacy Abrams and others have called it oppression of voters
- GOP state officials who blocked Donald Trump’s election turnaround supported the effort
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tore into Georgia’s new state election law on Thursday after President Joe Biden compared it to Jim Crow laws, but was reprimanded by fact-checkers for his statement about the impact it has on people’s time. can vote.
Psaki was asked about the new law, which has sparked public complaints from leading Atlanta companies, including Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola, amid calls from some community groups to boycott the state over the law.
The state’s Republican governor Brian Kemp signed it after the GOP legislature passed it – after former President Donald Trump destroyed his electoral efforts, even as courts and election officials shot down his allegations of voter fraud.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki condemned a new Georgia state electoral law that also attacked President Biden, although fact-checkers have misjudged one of his claims about it
A Washington Post fact-checker gave President Joe Biden “four Pinocchios” after saying the bill would “stop voting at five when the working people just got off work.”
While the law has infuriated Democrats and many proponents of the right to vote, in fact, the hourly positions dictate election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It lets counties set early voting times from 7am to 7pm, but sets 9am to 5pm.
An old law stated that ‘voting will take place during normal business hours’, but the new one standardizes it from 9 to 5.
A Washington Post fact-checker gave President Joe Biden “four Pinocchios” after saying the bill would “stop voting at five.”
Voters are lining up to cast their votes outside a polling station after the Democratic and Republican primaries were postponed due to the restrictions of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on June 9, 2020.
Republican Governor Brian Kemp signs law SB 202, a restrictive voting bill that activists say was intended to limit the influence of black voters who played a major role in the state elections that helped Democrats win the White House and take control of the United States Senate limit.
A reporter asked Psaki if the White House would issue a correction to Biden’s comments.
“It standardizes voting at five every day, right?” Psaki asked him, and he went on with a series of questions. ‘Does it just give options? It gives options to expand it, right, but it standardized it to five. It also prevents outside groups of people in line from giving water or food, right? It makes it harder to vote in your absence – are those things all correct? ‘
The reporter told her about Election Day times, saying that early voting “can standardize, add Saturday and Sunday.”
Then he asked, “Will the tone change from the White House?”
“The tone for a bill restricting access to votes and making it harder for people to vote in Georgia?” Psaki asked.
“That’s not really what the governor of Georgia said,” the reporter followed.
“I don’t think that’s actually based on what the governor of Georgia has said, so oh, our tone isn’t changing,” she said.
She said it will become “harder and harder to vote by limiting absences” and echoed her other statements.
Biden overturned the law on ESPN on Wednesday night. “This is Jim Crow on steroids, but they do it in Georgia and 40 other states,” he said. Imagine passing a law that says you can’t give water or food to anyone standing in line to vote. Come on. Are you going to close a polling station at five o’clock, where can people just get off? This is all about people, working people, ordinary people I grew up with, not being able to vote. ‘
The law restricts the provision of food and drink to people in line, although it also allows election officials to set up water stations near polling stations.
The political backdrop for the fight is a traditionally Republican state where Biden defeated Donald Trump by 11,780 votes and Democrats prevailed in two second elections, turning control of the Senate over to the Democrats.
Democrat Stacy Abrams set fire to the companies they held out for “corny reactions” to state law. She said she thinks a boycott is not “yet” necessary.