President Joe Biden doubled down on his “Jim Crow” statements in connection to Georgia’s voter integrity law and admonished legislators on Tuesday to “smarten up” before more businesses leave the state, hurting workers there.
When asked by reporters Tuesday if the Masters Tournament golfing event should leave Georgia, Biden vaguely responded: “That’s up to the Masters.” But he indicated he would support the move. “It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are,” Biden noted to reporters. It appears that the president is taking a more nuanced approach to encouraging businesses to leave Georgia in protest of the new law.
“There’s another side to it too. When they in fact move out of Georgia, people who need help most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most,” Biden remarked.
The president voiced support for businesses no matter how they protest the law. “I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or a group to make, I respect them when they make that judgment, and I support whatever judgment they make. The best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up. Stop it, stop it,” he admonished.
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Major League Baseball has pulled out of Atlanta for the All-Star Game in protest of the new voter ID law. They have moved the franchise to Colorado, costing Georgia millions in revenue. The league commented that the move follows Biden’s criticism of the law.
Today Jen Psaki tried to distance President Biden from the MLB decision to pull the All Star game from Georgia, but the MLB website specifically refers to Biden's criticism before the announcement https://t.co/B39xqPN4Ud pic.twitter.com/rxlSNqYOW7
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 6, 2021
Dozens of corporations are also taking a stance against the law. But many voters, in general, seem to support voter ID, including black voters. It’s also interesting that the voter ID laws in Colorado and other liberal states are stricter than in Georgia. As far as race goes, the game was moved from a city that is reportedly far more racially diverse than the one relocated to. Biden stated that he would “strongly support” the move by MLB.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that,” Biden commented to ESPN. “People look to them. They’re leaders. The very people who are victimized the most are the leaders in these various sports.”
Georgia’s new law requires voter ID just as Colorado, New York, and Delaware ostensibly do. This applies to absentee voting and replaces signature matching for verification. The law also limits the number of ballot drop boxes and expands the number of early voting days. Voting hours now have a minimum set of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a maximum of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Electioneering was headed off at the pass by banning groups from handing out food and water to voters standing in line. They have to be at least 150 feet from those waiting to vote.
The law also mandates that the General Assembly will choose the chair for the state elections board instead of being chaired by the secretary of state. Run-offs were also reduced from nine weeks to four. All of this is meant to restore faith in the voting process in Georgia.
Biden has repeatedly stated that Georgia’s new law mandates that voting ends at 5 p.m. preventing working people from being able to cast their votes. That claim is false and has earned him “four Pinocchios” at the liberal-leaning Washington Post.
Social media commentators were not impressed with Biden’s stance on protesting Georgia’s voter ID law:
“He has lost something he never had His Mind….#LiarInChief,” Michael Reagan tweeted.
…he repeated that this law as worse than the Jim Crow laws. So if this state has now passed a law worse than segregation laws after the Civil War, why would Biden equivocate on playing golf (as opposed to baseball)?…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 6, 2021
Joe Biden changed his tune the moment he saw how unpopular his openly encouraging the MLB to boycott Atlanta.
Biden doesn't stand for anything, he just sees which way the winds are blowing.
He probably has to, since those winds apparently blow him over. https://t.co/2AKotup69R
— Dan K. Eberhart (@DanKEberhart) April 7, 2021
Being honest, this is most likely the explanation, yes. https://t.co/gXZVg9a1hY
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 6, 2021
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