This past weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., said it was “sick” that President Biden is playing the “race card” regarding the GOP-led Georgia election law and the legislative filibuster.
“What’s sick is for the president of the United States to play the race card continuously in such a hypocritical way,” Graham said.
The Senator made his comment during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Graham slammed Biden for claiming that policy and legislation he disagrees with are relics of racism and the Jim Crow era. Graham criticized Biden and Democrats for their opposition to the filibuster, given how Biden and the party as a whole had pushed to retain the parliamentary procedure in the past when it benefitted Democrats to do so.
In the same segment, Graham went on to slam the left’s own proposed “voter reform” legislation, the so-called “For the People” act, claiming if passed, it would be nothing more than the biggest “power grab” in American history.
Graham echoed previous GOP lawmakers in his criticism of the Bill, also known as H.R. 1, and said that the Bill was not only unconstitutional but also enacts or inhibits various other contentious practices, including ballot harvesting, rollbacks of voter ID requirements, and altering the processes of the Federal Election Commission.
“Every time a Republican does anything, we’re racist,” Graham told Chris Wallace. “They use the racism card to advance a liberal agenda, and we’re tired of it. H.R. 1 is sick, not what we’re doing in Georgia.”
During his first White House press conference, Biden said that the Georgia election law was not only “sick” but “un-American.”
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is,” the president said. “It’s sick, it’s sick.”
Biden previously called the Georgia election bill “Jim Crow in the 21st century” and an “atrocity” that had “nothing to do with decency.”
The law standardizes voting hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or as long as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It requires two Saturdays of early voting instead of one and makes two Sundays optional for early voting. It continues to allow absentee voting without offering an explanation but requires a state-issued ID to request a ballot. The law also bans handing out water and food to voters waiting in line at the polls and shortens runoff elections from nine to four weeks.
The controversial law would also wrest election authority from Georgia’s secretary of state, allowing the legislature instead to appoint a chair of the state election board.
The left sees the Georgia law and similar ones being enacted across the country as a way to disenfranchise voters of color, while the right says they are merely efforts to curtail rampant voter fraud.
What do you think of the Georgia election law and similar ones being pushed by the GOP? Necessary to prevent the kind of voter fraud that happened in the 2020 presidential election or a way to suppress the number of minorities who can get to the poles? Please respond using the comments below!