Gov. Brian Kemp sounds off on Biden's call to move MLB All-Star game over voting laws — and the Internet fires back
Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is not pleased with President Joe Biden's call for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game to be relocated from Atlanta over opposition to Georgia's passing of new voting laws. However, Kemp's critical response has been met with a litany of complaints from Twitter users who have wasted no time slamming his defense of the state's controversial voting laws.
In response to Biden's criticism of the restrictive voting laws which have been described as "21st-century Jim Crow," Kemp fired back during a Fox News interview as he displayed a chart highlighting voting laws in Georgia and the president's residential state, Delaware, according to Politico.
"When the president of the United States says something, you know a lot of people pay attention. But what Joe Biden needs to do is look at the side-by-side of Georgia and Delaware," Kemp said. "He's focused on trying to get Major League Baseball to pull the game out of Georgia, which is ridiculous."
Kemp's defense has been met with more opposition from Twitter users. With Kemp up for re-election in 2022, his support of the voting regulations appears to be a conflict of interest since Republican lawmakers' efforts could prove to be favorable for his own race.
Brian Kemp wouldn’t be here without Voter Suppression #hb202 #gapol #kemp #votersuppression #voterrights #georgia… https://t.co/2PFO66g5Vc— KremlinKowboy (@KremlinKowboy) 1617290516
Despite Kemp's comparison of Georgia v. Delaware, an op-ed published by The Fulcrum explains why Georgia's controversial voting laws do not align with the global principles of electoral fairness.
In reference to the new voting law, the publication notes that "its enactment is a significant negative step for the country — a step away from democratic principles and toward a symbolic transformation of falsehood into law. Democracy has been ill-served by this development."
"Ultimately, repairing democracy in the United States requires a recognition that candidates and parties reliant on elections need to step back from how elections are run."
Social media users have also pointed out a number of discrepancies with Kemp's arguments and the contradictory aspects of the state's new voting restrictions.
One Twitter user said, "Someone should ask why Georgia needs all this extra election integrity laws , when Mitch McConnell and Brian Kemp said they didn't even need to do a signature audit because it was fair and square?"
@GOPChairwoman Someone should ask why Georgia needs all this extra election integrity laws , when Mitch McConnell a… https://t.co/BnLmDEToMS— Mike Thompson (@Mike Thompson) 1617287193
@NWPinPDX I would humbly submit another worthy addition. Gov Brian Kemp. Voter suppression expert extraordinaire.— Howard Mohney (@Howard Mohney) 1617289168
@BrianKempGA @JoeBiden Brian Kemp, its obvious that you try too hard to make the wrong people like you. You're a Narcissistic hypocrite— Travis Williams (@Travis Williams) 1617285562
@thehill My prediction GA Gov Brian Kemp will lose in re-election for Gov to Tracye Abrams by a landslide. Voter su… https://t.co/H7jlRPvQuw— Dr. Ronald E. Anderson Sr (@Dr. Ronald E. Anderson Sr) 1617286714
As of Thursday, April 1, the MLB All-Star Game is still scheduled to take place in Atlanta.
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