Sen Lindsey Graham lashed out at President Joe Biden after declaring Georgia’s new electoral law an “ atrocity ” and “ Jim Crow in the 21st Century. ”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill on “ election integrity ” on Thursday, giving the GOP-controlled state legislature more leverage over a governance that regulates elections and allows it to remove local election officials who are considered substandard.
Biden immediately condemned the bill, arguing that Kemp directly hurt minority voters with a slew of roadblocks, including restrictions on postal voting and shorter voting hours.
“What worries me is how un-American this whole initiative is,” Biden said of voter oppression in Republican states. ‘It’s sick. Sick. ‘
Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, attacked Biden’s rhetoric in an interview with Fox news on Sunday.
“What’s sick is that the President of the United States is constantly playing the race card in such a hypocritical way,” said Graham.
Sen. Lindsey Graham lashed out at President Joe Biden after declaring Georgia’s new electoral law an ‘atrocity’ and ‘Jim Crow in the 21st Century’
“Anytime a Republican does something, you’re a racist,” Graham continued. ‘If you are a white conservative, you are a racist. If you are a black republican, you are pop or uncle tom.
“They’re using the racism card to push the liberalist agenda forward.”
The senator criticized the Democrats’ bill to overhaul elections, the ‘For The People’ law, also known as House Resolution 1.
HR 1, passed in the House of Representatives earlier this month, includes several voting efforts that have been largely rejected by Republican politicians, including the proliferation of mail voting.
It would also make Election Day a federal holiday in the United States.
Mail-in voting was a central target of Donald Trump’s allegations of voting fraud during the 2020 presidential election, despite a lack of evidence linking fraud to mail-in voting that expanded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In his Fox News interview on Sunday, Graham called HR 1 “the greatest seizure of power in the history of the country.”
Host Chris Wallace then sent the conversation back to the Georgia bill, noting that it would ban people from getting water while waiting in line for the polls.
‘Well, all I can say is that I’m not really looking forward to it. I agree with you there, ”Graham replied.
‘But in Georgia you had an explosion of moods at post-in. The Carter Baker Commission in 2005 looked at our electoral system and they had two warnings for us: Post absenteeism voting is widespread for fraud and collecting ballots where a person can collect ballots on behalf of other people is a threat to democracy like us to know.
Both provisions are in HR 1, so if you don’t like what they’re doing in Georgia, you can go to court and stop them.
But what they are doing with it, HR 1, is destroying every state’s ability to hold elections, doing away with voter identification, changing the federal election commission to make it part of, and institutionalizing the collection of national ballots, which would be a disaster for our elections. ‘
Protesters gather to express opposition to a sweeping overhaul of Georgia’s electoral laws. Voting rights groups say the new law will target black residents who make up about a third of the state’s population
Georgian law contains a number of restrictive measures, including the elimination of mobile voting cars, reducing election day queues in highly democratic areas, and criminalizing the distribution of food or water to people waiting to vote.
It also standardizes voting hours from 9am to 5pm with a maximum of 7am to 7pm, and requires a state-issued ID to request a ballot by mail. The law also prohibits the distribution of water and food to voters queuing at the polls and restricts ballot drop boxes.
Kemp government defended his account in a statement on Saturday.
“Obviously, neither President Biden nor his counselors have read SB 202, which I signed into law yesterday,” Kemp said.
“There’s nothing“ Jim Crow ”about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote in absentia – every voter in Georgia has to do this when they vote in person.
“President Biden, the left and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box.”
Gov. Brian Kemp said there is “nothing Jim Crow” about Georgia’s new voting law
Kemp, a Republican, became governor in 2018 after winning in a race against Stacey Abrams, a powerful Democratic attorney who many believe won the Democrats in the second election for two United States Senate seats in Georgia in January.
He was Georgia’s 27th Secretary of State from 2010 to 2018 before being elected governor.
“As secretary of state, I have consistently led the fight to protect Georgia elections from power-hungry, partisan activists,” Kemp said in the statement. “As governor, I will not shrink from keeping Georgia elections safe, accessible and fair.”
Kemp continued to protest Biden’s comments in a performance on Fox news on Saturday when he briefly compared Georgia’s law to that of Biden’s home state of Delaware.
“I don’t think the president or his supervisors have compared Georgia voting law to the state of Delaware he is from, because in the great state of Georgia we have a lot more opportunities to vote early than we do in Delaware,” Kemp said.
Kemp claimed that Georgian law will increase the ability for people to vote early in Georgia and add the ability for people to vote on selected Saturdays and Sundays.
‘It further secures the absentee ballot by simply adding a photo ID or a number of your ID, actually speeding up the postal absentee voting process, which was very slow after the last election’ Kemp said.
Voters can be seen casting their votes in the second United States Senate election, at a polling station in Marietta, Georgia on Jan. 5.
When Fox News asked him about Democrats’ concerns that the bill will deprive black voters and minority voters, Kemp asked voters “to just find out what’s on the bill.”
“I would urge them to do just that and ask themselves, who’s honest here,” Kemp said.
Was it the governor and legislature who just voted on this bill? Or is it many of these outside groups that are earning millions of people to bring this false story out? Or the president who clearly does not know his own right to vote in his own state. ‘
Kemp echoed his statements about how photo IDs are already required to vote in person.
‘We already have that requirement in our law if you vote in person. Before our last election, an average of 95 percent voted in person, so people are used to using ID to vote in Georgia, ”Kemp said.
“So it doesn’t matter if people pull it off, and if you don’t have ID, we’ll give you one for free.”
Kemp then addressed claims by critics of the law claiming it is removing the ability to use dropboxes to vote.
‘That was never in the law. That has never been in Georgia state law. We’ve done that in this bill, we’re just going to make sure it’s a safe process and those dropboxes are monitored, ” he said.
In Biden’s statement, the president claimed the new law will “ deny people the right to vote. ”
“More Americans voted in the 2020 election than any other election in our country’s history,” Biden said.
In Georgia, we saw this most historic demonstration of the power of the vote twice – in November and then again at the second election for United States Senate seats in January. Recount after recount and trial after trial affirmed the integrity and outcome of a clearly free, fair and secure democratic process. ‘
Biden then accused Republicans of rushing an un-American law to deny people the right to vote.
One of the scandalous parts of this new state law is that voting hours are ended early so that working people cannot cast their votes after their shift is over. It adds rigid restrictions to voting ballots in absentia, effectively denying voting rights to countless voters, ” Biden claimed.
“And it makes it a crime to provide voters with water while they wait in line – Republican officials have created lines of their own by reducing the number of polling stations in the state, disproportionately in black neighborhoods.”