GA Republican Blames Giuliani’s False Fraud Claims For State’s New Restrictive Voting Laws

A top Georgia Republican said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani’s false claims of election fraud created momentum for a package of voting rights restrictions that recently became state law.

“This is really the fallout from the 10 weeks of misinformation that flew in from former President Donald Trump,” Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said on CNN’s “New Day.” Speaking about Giuliani’s repeated lies, which were presented before state lawmakers, Duncan said he knew just when the tide turned in Trump’s favor.

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“I went back over the weekend to really look at where this really started to gain momentum in the legislature, and it was when Rudy Giuliani showed up in a couple of committee rooms and spent hours spreading misinformation and sowing doubt across, you know, hours of testimony,” Duncan said on CNN.

Duncan’s comments shine a light on the continuing aftermath from when Giuliani appeared before Georgia state lawmakers in December when he was serving on Trump’s legal team. Giuliani tried, unsuccessfully, to convince the legislators to convene a special session to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Giuliani also took aim at Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — who refused to assist Trump in his efforts to overturn the election — saying, “your secretary of state is engaged in what I consider an unlawful cover-up.”

There’s of course no evidence to support Giuliani’s claims. Officials in Georgia counted the ballots three times, each time reaffirming that Joe Biden legitimately won the state during the presidential election. But Rudy’s remarks still managed to gain traction with Georgia’s GOP state lawmakers, who passed a restrictive package of election reforms that imposed new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, limited the use of ballot drop boxes, and made it a crime to approach voters with food and water while they wait in line. The bill also removed the secretary of state as chairman and a voting member of the Georgia State Election Board and gave state lawmakers more control over elections.

In addition to building momentum for new voting restrictions, Giuliani’s appearances have also piqued the interest of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is investigating Trump’s efforts to influence Georgia’s election results. Willis is expected to indict Giuliani in Atlanta, along with Trump and Lindsey Graham, who also made phone calls to Georgia lawmakers in support of  Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s Senate election results.



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