Former President Donald Trump has hailed Georgia lawmakers’ efforts to pass a landmark election integrity bill, which he says should have been done sooner.
“Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations,” Trump said in a statement issued through the Save America PAC on Friday, March 26.
“They learned from the travesty of the 2020 presidential election, which can never be allowed to happen again. Too bad these changes could not have been done sooner!” he said.
Trump’s remarks come after the Republican-sponsored Election Integrity Act of 2021, a sweeping election bill, cleared both the state House and Senate of Georgia and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed it into law on Thursday, March 25.
“I was proud to sign S.B. 202 to ensure elections in Georgia are secure, fair, and accessible. I appreciate the hard work of members of the General Assembly to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Kemp announced in a tweet.
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 in order to vote absentee by mail.
The law would even stop people from approaching others in a voting line, even to “offer water.”
In his reaction, President Joe Biden criticized the state’s restrictive voting law, saying that, “It’s an atrocity.”
“The idea—if you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they passed a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive design to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote. Give me a break,” Biden told reporters on Friday.
In another statement issued by the White House on Friday afternoon, Biden added that the law is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act,” Biden said.
Georgia governor defended his decision, arguing that President Biden and his handlers might have not read the law, The Hill reported.
“There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot—every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person,” Kemp said, explaining that the legislation he signed into law “expands voting access, streamlines vote-counting procedures, and ensures election integrity.”
“President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box,” Kemp continued. “It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read” the new law.