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White House Bulldozes Georgia GOP Governor’s Lies About Jim Crow Voting Law

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday shot down suggestions made by a reporter that Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, was correct in characterizing his state’s new Jim Crow voting law – SB 202 – as something other than unabashed voter suppression.

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“In Georgia, talking about the voting bill that was just signed from the governor, community organizers have threatened boycotts of companies like Delta, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, in part for some of the information that’s come from the president in his last news conference. He said the bill requires voting to end early at 5:00 p.m., and you’ve said and some others have said that words matter. The bill actually standardizes voting hours by counties and adds Saturday and Sunday voting and it also allows extended hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., so is there going to be a correction…” the reporter said.

Psaki interrupted for clarification.

“It standardizes the ending of voting every day at 5, right, it just gives options. It gives options to expand it, right? But it standardizes it at 5. It also makes it so that outside groups can’t provide water or food to people in line, right? It makes it more difficult to absentee vote. Are those things all correct?” she asked.

“Voting on the day of is 7 to 7 and early voting can standardize adding Saturday and Sunday,” the reporter shot back. “So, my question is, is the tone going to change out of the White House?”

Psaki asked rhetorically if he was referring to “The tone for a bill that limits voting access and makes it more difficult for people to engage in voting? In Georgia?”

Still, the reporter maintained his challenge, insisting that “that’s actually not what the governor of Georgia has said.”

Psaki, however, knows that honesty is not what drives Kemp and his anti-democratic caucus. SB 202 was crafted to steer specific blocs of voters away from the polls.

“Well, I think that is not based in fact, what the governor of Georgia has said so no our tone is not changing. We have concerns about this specific component of the package including the fact that it makes it harder and more difficult for people to vote, by limiting absentee options by making it not viable, not possible for people to provide water to people who are in line, by not standardizing longer hours. So if you are making it harder to vote, no, we don’t support that,” Psaki said.

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