Former President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, April 6, that the election reform efforts in Georgia are in fact “too weak,” firing back at the Democrats and hundreds of businesses who have claimed they are too tough.
“Georgia’s election reform law is far too weak and soft to ensure real ballot integrity!” Trump said in a statement issued through the Save America PAC.
“Election Day is supposed to be Election Day, not Election Week or Election Month,” he argued, saying that Georgia still gives “far too many days” to vote under the state’s new law.
“Too much ‘mischief’ can happen during this very long period of time. You saw that in the 2020 Presidential Election. How’s Ruby Freeman doing?” he said, referring to a Democrat vote counter in Georgia who brought in suitcases full of ballots after observers were instructed to leave, in a video posted by the Trump campaign.
“Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State should have eliminated no-excuse, widespread mass Mail-in Voting, gotten rid of the dangerous and unsecure Drop-Boxes, and should have kept and EXPANDED Signature Verification to do matches against the historical voter file, among other things! Hope the RINOs are happy,” Trump added.
“Kemp also caved to the radical left-wing woke mob who threatened to call him racist if he got rid of weekend voting,” the former president continued. “Well, he kept it, and they still call him racist!”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Election Integrity Act of 2021 into law on March 25 after the Republican-sponsored sweeping election bill cleared both the state House and Senate.
The new law seeks to eliminate fraud, secure election integrity by enforcing conformity across the state, restricting drop boxes, expanding in-person voting, and boosting voter ID, among other reforms. It requires a Georgia driver’s license or a state-issued or state-approved ID to vote absentee by mail. The law would even stop people from approaching others in a voting line, even to “offer water.”
In his initial response, former President Trump, on March 26, hailed Georgia’s passage of a landmark election integrity bill, which he said should have been done sooner.
Trump’s stronger reaction on Tuesday came after the Democrats have denounced the law as unfair and harsh, targeting voter suppression. President Joe Biden even called the law “an atrocity,” and a “punitive design to keep people from voting.”
Major League Baseball (MLB) has decided to cancel the 2021 All-Star game in Georgia to protest the law. Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, along with nearly 200 other companies, have followed suit, though many of these businesses also require IDs for their customers or shareholders to attend their related events or use their services, like the way Georgia’s new law includes a mandatory photo ID provision for absentees.