Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp laid into President Joe Biden for his opposition to Georgia’s new voting restrictions, calling his push to get the MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta “ridiculous.”
After Biden called the new Georgia law 21st-century “Jim Crow,” Kemp defended the restrictions in a Fox News interview Thursday, pulling out a side-by-side chart comparing voting regulations in Georgia and Biden’s home state of Delaware.
“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 then went on to compare the two states’ voting regulations, at times without crucial context.
Kemp first said that Delaware doesn’t have in-person early voting, but Georgia does. In 2019, Delaware enacted a law that established in-person early voting starting in 2022. The Georgia law did expand in-person weekend early voting.
Kemp then pointed out that Georgia has no-excuse absentee voting, while Delaware doesn’t. Kemp was correct on Delaware, but GOP lawmakers in Georgia did consider rolling back no-excuse absentee voting, but that ultimately didn’t make it into the law Kemp signed.
Georgia’s recently passed law will create a new ID requirement for voters wanting to cast their ballot absentee, shorten runoff length and effectively hand the election board to the Legislature, while limiting drop boxes. Kemp has faced blowback from Biden and major Atlanta-based companies, including Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola.
On Wednesday, Biden said he’d back moving MLB’s “Midsummer Classic” out of Atlanta.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden said in an interview with ESPN. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.”