President Joe Biden was questioned about various state governments’ attempts to pass voting reform measures aimed at preventing the pervasive “irregularities” that have caused so many Americans to doubt the outcome of the 2020 presidential election during last week’s press conference.
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work,” the president said, according to a White House transcript of his remarks.
Biden retaliated against Georgia’s new laws the next day, saying, “Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over.”
The president earned “Four Pinocchios” for a reality check of these blatantly misleading comments by The Washington Post.
At the White House’s daily press conference on Thursday, April 1, Fox Business correspondent Ed Lawrence explained Georgia’s current election law and asked Psaki about it. “Is there going to be a correction? … Is the tone going to change out of the White House?”
“The tone for a bill that limits voting access and makes it more difficult for people to engage in voting in Georgia?” she said, repeating the lies that Biden had just been widely criticized about.
Lawrence interjected and corrected her, “No, that’s actually not what the governor of Georgia has said.”
“Well, I think that is not based in fact, what the governor of Georgia has said,” Psaki said. “So, no, our tone is not changing. We have concerns about the specific components 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’re making it harder to vote, no we don’t support that.”
Here's over a minute and a half of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blatantly lying about the Georgia voting law — absentee voting, early voting, poll hours, water…just about everything.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 1, 2021
“[The law] standardizes the ending of voting every day at five, right?” Psaki asked. “It just gives options. It gives options to expand it, right, but it standardized it at five. 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 votes, are those things all correct?”
In his inimitable manner, conservative columnist Ben Shapiro savaged a piece in The Atlantic by liberal reporter Jemelle Hill, in which she criticized Georgia’s new legislation as voter intimidation. Shapiro expertly batted down any of the Democrats’ talking points in a video released on Wednesday.
“‘It hands the state officials more power over local elections. Even before the legislation passed, many voters of color in Georgia faced hours-long queues at the polls.’ By the way, voter suppression doesn’t involve long lines, any more than long lines at Disneyland are ride suppression. You know what voter suppression is? Voter suppression is where you don’t get to vote,” the commentator claimed.
Ben Shapiro: "Voter suppression doesn't involve long lines, any more than long lines at Disneyland are ride suppression" pic.twitter.com/c1ewUqenre
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) March 31, 2021
The new Georgia legislation dubbed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” allows absentee ballot applicants to include their state ID number or driver’s license records. Many that cannot buy an ID card will get one for free from the department. Voters may be asked to include either their state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number to validate their ballots.