Georgia Governor Brian Kemp fired back against President Joe Biden for comparing the state’s election reform laws to the “Jim Crow” laws implemented by Dixiecrats decades ago.
“There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot – every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person,” Kemp said in a statement to The Hill.
“President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box,” Kemp said, adding, “It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read” the Georgia law.
“As Secretary of State, I consistently led the fight to protect Georgia elections against power-hungry, partisan activists,” Kemp continued. “As Governor, I won’t back down from keeping Georgia elections secure, accessible, and fair.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a landmark election integrity bill on Thursday that cuts the time period voters have to request absentee ballots, implements new voter ID requirements, restricts use of ballot drop boxes, and replaces the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the state legislature.
On Friday, President Joe Biden lashed out at the Georgia election integrity measures signed into law by Governor Kemp on Thursday.
“It’s an atrocity,” Biden said. “The idea — if you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they passed a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive design to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote. Give me a break.”
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end,” Biden added in a statement.
Former President Donald Trump backed up Kemp in a statement he issued on Friday night.
“Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations,” Trump said. “They learned from the travesty of the 2020 Presidential Election, which can never be allowed to happen again. Too bad these changes could not have been done sooner!”
Donald Trump was reported to have lost Georgia by fewer than 12,000 votes. It is safe to say Trump wouldn’t have lost Georgia if these new commonsense election integrity measures had been in place.
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