Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAtlanta Mayor issues order to expand voting access Psaki rejects Fox reporter claim of ‘very similar’ Colorado and Georgia-laws MLB All-Star Game officially moved to Denver MORE (R) on Wednesday pushed back on criticism of the state’s controversial new voting law, which in part bans non-election workers from supplying food and water to voters standing in line, arguing that people can “order Grubhub or Uber Eats.”
Said Kemp Biden poll / 2021/04/07 / id / 1016702 / “>during an interview on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” program, which “misinformed and lied to people all the way up to the White House” fueled statements of condemnation against the voting proposal from companies like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines. MLB also moved its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver over the polls.
Democrats have pushed back against the law since it was passed late last month, arguing that provisions such as requiring a photo ID for absentee ballots and limiting the number of seats in the ballot box would make it more difficult for voters of color to participate in the election.
President Biden specifically referred to the law as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
“They’re just saying it’s oppression, it’s Jim Crow,” Kemp said Wednesday, adding, “It’s a false narrative and people need to understand it.”
The GOP governor then responded to criticism of the law’s provision restricting the distribution of food and water at polling stations, confirming that polling stations can still provide refreshments and that people can bring their own food and water.
“They can order a pizza. They can order Grubhub or Uber Eats. County officials can supply water stations, ”he said, adding that the restriction on distributing food and water“ is just within 150 feet of the district. ”
“If you are 15 meters, campaigns can set up tables, food carts, they can hand out flyers, put up signs,” he continued. “This has been the case in Georgia for a long time and many, many other states.”
Several social media users condemned Kemp for suggesting voters ordered food, and some said the statement was “tone deaf” as many people may not be able to afford food delivery services.
This must be a joke, right? @BrianKempGA defends its voter oppression law, which criminalizes giving water to people waiting in long queues to vote, by saying they can order Uber Eats. #gagov #gapol # SB202 pic.twitter.com/bEXPN4Mn1F
– Sam Newton (@SamNewton) April 7, 2021
Republicans have defended the new voting law, arguing that it is intended to restore confidence in the state’s electoral system, which was repeatedly called into question by previous President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp creates tool to help support Asian companies Iran spy-linked ship attack at sea Biden exceeds expectations for vaccines – so far MORE and his allies, who led to and after the 2020 presidential election through unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Many have called for a boycott of companies in Georgia that have not condemned the right to vote.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said when he announced last week the league’s decision to remove the All-Star Game from Peach State that it was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
However, Republicans have pushed back against Manfred and the MLB in the past week, with a number of them investigating Manfred’s membership of Georgia’s exclusive Augusta National Golf Club and threatening to remove the MLB’s long-standing monopoly exemption.