Wednesday 21 December 2022

Top Georgia official calls out Biden, Warnock for 'false claims' about elections: 'Fairness only in Democratic victories'

 Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called out President Joe Biden and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) for repeating debunked claims about voter suppression in the Peach State.

Democrats, including Biden, have repeated baseless claims that a Georgia election security law passed last year disenfranchises Georgia voters, calling the law "Jim Crow 2.0." They claim the law makes voting more difficult. But Georgia experienced record voter turnout in the 2022 midterm elections, dispelling the narrative.

Surprisingly, Warnock has maintained the narrative despite, once again, winning a close election and securing his first full term in the U.S. Senate.

What did Raffensperger say?

The top Georgia official responded to Warnock's and Biden's "false claims" in an essay published Sunday in the Wall Street Journal.

"During [Warnock's] victory speech, Mr. Warnock stated: 'Just because [voters] endured the rain and cold and all kinds of tricks in order to vote, doesn’t mean that voter suppression does not exist.' I thought I had heard every conspiracy theory there was after the 2020 election, but the idea that Republicans control the weather to make it harder for Democrats to vote is a new one," Raffensperger wrote. 

Warnock sees electoral "fairness only in Democratic victories," Raffensperger declared, pointing to Warnock's criticism of elections when Democrats lose but his praise when they win. 

"Warnock’s and Biden’s stolen-election claims would be laughable if they weren’t so dangerous to public trust in elections," Raffensperger wrote.

Democrats, Raffensperger pointed out, do not even believe their own rhetoric about Georgia's election laws, owing to the fact that the Democratic Party just moved up Georgia's primary election to increase its influence in the next presidential election cycle.

How did Warnock respond?

The Georgia Democrat disputed Raffensperger's claims, but did not actually engage with the substance of his criticism.

"We should not assume that because I won that voter suppression is not an issue in Georgia," Warnock said Monday on CBS News.

"The fact that people have had to overcome barriers doesn't mean those barriers don't exist," he went on to say. "We literally saw college student and seniors in lines that were hours and hours and hours long. Maybe he's happy with that. I'm not. I think we can do better than that."

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