Following the extended controversy surrounding Georgia's new, highly restrictive voting regulations, Republican Governor Brian Kemp appeared on the right-wing conservative network Newsmax to try and defend his party's actions.
One aspect of the law which many have flagged as discriminatory is the criminalization of people handing out free water or food to voters waiting in lines that last hours.
Due to the lack of polling sites in areas with high minority populations in Georgia, some voters (most often voters of color) end up waiting in line for many hours. Volunteers often handed out food and water so that any Georgian who wants to could exercise their right to vote.
The Republican-sponsored bill, however, makes handing out these supplies illegal.
When asked about it, Kemp said:
"They can order a pizza. They can order Grubhub or UberEats, right?"
Twitter disagreed strongly with Kemp's claim that "ordering Grubhub" would make voting more available.
Many even questioned the legality of receiving pizza under the current law.
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It was pretty obvious to everyone watching Kemp's goal wasn't to make voting easier for all citizens.
It was to make sure his party won, no matter whose vote had to be suppressed.
@essenviews Why doesn’t @BrianKempGA promise Georgia will fix the problem of long lines for minority voters instead… https://t.co/5ynrEf50D4— Kimberly 🌸 🇺🇸 (@Kimberly 🌸 🇺🇸) 1617889373.0
@essenviews THERE SHOULD NEVER E V E R BE VOTERS STANDING IN LINE THAT LONG ANYWHERE IN AMERICA.— CALL: 202-224-3121 (@CALL: 202-224-3121) 1617888530.0
@essenviews @rsvroman Here's an idea @GovKemp why don't you open more polling places in high population areas so pe… https://t.co/WdhYAZ8UJ1— Dem 4 life (@Dem 4 life) 1617893803.0
Georgia's new voting law makes it more difficult than ever to vote.
@essenviews Thing is, there is no reason for lines to exist except that the New Trump GOP wants to make it more diffucult to vote.— Grass Blade (@Grass Blade) 1617888321.0
@essenviews Hahahaha. He moved the one foot in his mouth over to make room for the other one.— Mazie’s Daisies 💙 (@Mazie’s Daisies 💙) 1617888328.0
@essenviews Basically this is turning into people needing to pay to vote. You have to pay for an ID card and in som… https://t.co/9a4jcxQeZV— Observationist (@Observationist) 1617888401.0
President Joe Biden has attacked the Georgia voting legislation as discriminatory, describing it as a "return to Jim Crow" in the South.
Liar and criminal @GovKemp suggesting that people purchase food and water while they wait in deliberately long line… https://t.co/Q9yMfScCV3— dazzledtodeath (@dazzledtodeath) 1617897213.0
Marie Antoinette: “ Exactly what I’ve been saying!” https://t.co/XUNm7MuzIM— Charlie Richards (@Charlie Richards) 1617897138.0
Unbelievable ignorance!!!! https://t.co/tfbrbc8YO7— Chris M (@Chris M) 1617896795.0
Multiple large companies, including Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and the MLB have denounced the law and taken steps to distance themselves from Georgia.
Kemp said these companies have "caved to the mob."
Republican Leaders always say they are for LESS Government - and yet they keep on keeping on with all of their 'res… https://t.co/QJWTxRbjIa— Learn from the Past-Plan for the Future (@Learn from the Past-Plan for the Future) 1617896586.0
Kemp faces reelection in 2022 and, following the passage of this bill, many are hoping he sees consequences at the ballot box.