In recent days, Democrat politicians, the media, and even private sector companies have attacked a new law passed in Georgia that actually expands voting opportunities to enfranchise more people while putting in place common sense safeguards to ensure integrity in our elections. This bad-faith misinformation has been led by President Biden, who absurdly claimed that the new law is “Jim Crow in the 21st Century,” and amplified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Even a Fact Checker from The Washington Post gave President Biden “four Pinocchio’s” for claiming that the new law ends voting hours early, while a New York Times report found that the law could actually expand turnout.
In a press conference on Saturday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, State Attorney General Chris Carr, and Congressman Drew Ferguson explained what the new is intended to do, how it actually expands ballot access compared to other states, and called out President Biden, his allies, and private sector organizations for deliberately mischaracterizing it:
GOVERNOR KEMP: In New York, they have 10 days of early voting. In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional for all counties in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote by absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason and you can do it securely. It’s easier to vote in Georgia than it is in New York….The truth is that Joe Biden hasn’t read the bill and Stacey Abrams is raising millions off the fake outrage that she has created. Even the Washington Post has given president Biden four Pinocchios for his false attacks on our new law. Not to mention that his own home state of Delaware has no early voting and requires an excuse to vote absentee.
GOVERNOR KEMP: Because here’s the truth, SB 202 expands access to voting, secures ballot drop boxes around the clock in every county, expands weekends voting, protects no excuse absentee voting, and levels the playing field on voter ID requirements, as well as streamlining election procedures. And yes, water can be provided to voters that are in line by election workers. And yes, we are not going to allow political organizations or anyone else to harass or electioneer voters who are waiting in line to vote, within the 150 foot buffer. Those are the simple facts. Free and fair elections are the foundation of who we are as a state and a nation. Secure, accessible, fair elections are worth the threats. They are worth the boycotts, as well as the lawsuits.
ATTORNEY GENERAL CARR: Anybody who actually reads this bill quickly sees that it strengthens security, expands access, and improves transparency in Georgia’s elections.Again, anybody who actually reads this bill, sees how comparing it to the Jim Crow era, one of the most tragic periods in American history, where human beings were killed and truly were prevented from casting their ballot, is preposterous, irresponsible, and fundamentally wrong. We actually diminished the horrors of Jim Crow when we compare the unjustifiable abuses of those times with a photo ID requirement that applies equally to everyone, to expanded voting hours across the state, and to the assurance that the public has access to our electoral process. But that’s exactly what Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, and so many others have shamefully been doing over the past several weeks.
CONGRESSMAN FERGUSON: We will win this argument based on the facts, not on the false narrative perpetrated by the far left. This is about making sure that every single American has the right to vote and to choose their own future in this country. If these laws go through, you will lose your individualism, you will lose your ability to make a living, you will lose your personal freedoms. We have to stand up against this, and I am proud to stand here with these brave men and women, with our Governor, and our Attorney General to say no more. We will win this battle.
Despite these facts, companies from Delta to Coca-Cola to Major League Baseball have criticized the law, and the MLB even moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, depriving the city and the state of key economic activity. Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter labeled this decision “absolutely pathetic,” and criticized the MLB for caving to the lies of the political left.
The hypocrisy of these Democrats and companies attacking the law or taking action to punish the state of Georgia for it is especially rich considering their stance when it comes to taking on China:
- Fox News: “MLB boycotts Georgia, signs new deal with Chinese firm that dropped NBA over exec’s Hong Kong support”
- Fox Business: “Companies ripping Georgia do business in China, silent on human rights violations”
- WSJ (Editorial): “Biden, Georgia and the Beijing Olympics”
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was stumped when asked why the President supported moving the MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta, but had not called for a boycott for the 2022 Olympic games in Beijing:
.@RealClearNews‘s @PhilipWegmann asks Jen Psaki if the Biden White House is so adamant about having MLB move its All-Star Game from Georgia because of the voting law, why aren’t they calling for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?!
Psaki did NOT like this question. pic.twitter.com/1GbTxRsmhC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 2, 2021