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Joe Biden is a man who likes to get his way, by hook or by crook, and when he does not he can get downright temperamental about it.
That is why, when he spoke to reporters on Friday, he continued to attack the new election laws in Georgia that the state legislature contend are designed to bring fairness to the state’s elections, The Daily Mail reported.
But Biden does not see it that way and threatened that he could get the Department of Justice involved in taking action.
“We don’t know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department’s taking a look as well,” he said as he talked to reporters outside the White House.
The new laws have come under attack and civil rights groups are challenging them in court. But the strongest words have been reserved for the president who called them an ‘atrocity’ of a law and said the U.S. Justice Department was ‘taking a look’.
Among other limits, the Republican-backed law imposes stricter identification requirements, limits drop boxes and gives lawmakers the power to take over local elections and shortens the early voting period for all runoff elections.
It also makes it a misdemeanor for people to offer food and water to voters in line, in a state where people sometimes wait for hours in the heat to vote.
The legislation has alarmed Democrats, who just months ago celebrated historic wins in the presidential election and two Senate campaigns in Georgia that helped deliver the White House and U.S. Senate control to their party in Washington.
Biden, and many of his Democrat colleagues contend that the laws are not designed for fairness but to suppress the vote.
“’It has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency. They passed the 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, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break,” Biden said.
He believes that Republicans in other states will copy the Georgia model, which is entirely possible, and accused them of launching an attack on voting rights.
“This law, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses across the country is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience,” he said.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act. I once again urge Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to make it easier for all eligible Americans access the ballot box and prevent attacks on the sacred right to vote,” he said.
No one has given a good explanation as to why showing identification proving that you are eligible to vote is akin to “Jim Crow” but it must sound like a winning plan as Democrats keep making the accusation.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who had been attacked during the 2020 presidential election by Donald Trump, dismissed the accusation by Biden and Democrats and said that the legislation, that he signed into law, ensures the integrity of the vote in his state.
“It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read SB 202, which I signed into law yesterday. This bill expands voting access, streamlines vote-counting procedures, and ensures election integrity. 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. President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box. As Secretary of State, I consistently led the fight to protect Georgia elections against power-hungry, partisan activists. As Governor, I won’t back down from keeping Georgia elections secure, accessible, and fair,” he said.