Newly elected Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is in hot water this week after it was revealed that he signed onto a third-party email that contained blatantly false information about his state’s new voting law.
What are the details?
The Washington Post reported on Monday that the progressive lawmaker, who was elected to the Senate in the state’s Jan. 5 runoffs, “signed an email sent out by the advocacy group 3.14 Action after the law passed, which claimed it ended no-excuse mail voting and restricted early voting on the weekends” — both of which were early proposals that ultimately didn’t make it into the law.
The outlet added that a spokesperson for the senator claimed Warnock signed off on the email days before the law was passed when the aforementioned provisions were still under consideration. But that claim is obfuscated by the fact that the email was sent several days after the bill became law.
According to Fox News, the email was sent on March 30, five days after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law.
Either way, the imaging is bad, Hot Air noted in its coverage of the news.
“Which possibility is worse?” the outlet asked. “That Warnock knew an activist group’s email which he endorsed was full of lies and endorsed it anyway because it was effective propaganda for his cause? Or that the substance of Georgia’s law is so irrelevant to prefab Democratic demagoguery about ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ that Warnock just didn’t care if the email was accurate or not?”‘
What’s the background?
The law — which aims to further secure state elections by requiring a photo ID for mail-in ballots and actually expands early voting hours — has been the subject of fierce scrutiny and numerous false attacks by Democratic politicians and media organizations since its introduction in the state legislature.
Last month, President Joe Biden earned “Four Pinocchios” from Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler for twice repeating a lie that the law “ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote.” The president’s statement was a complete reversal of the truth, which is that the law expands voting hours and days for early voting.
Biden has also on several occasions chosen to characterize the law as the “new Jim Crow” and earlier this month backed calls demanding that Major League Baseball move its All-Star Game out of the state.
Warnock would later frame the MLB’s decision as an “unfortunate” consequence of Republicans’ decision to move forward on the voting law.
“It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on, and hand-in-hand with the community,” he said in a statement.
Several major businesses, such as Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, have openly criticized the law following Democrats’ smear campaign against it. Biden last week warned Republicans in Georgia and elsewhere to “smarten up” or else lose more business over similar legislation.