If you can count on Donald Trump to do anything, it’s to not do what people expect.
Republicans quickly pushed back to defend Georgia in the wake of their new voting laws. GOP leaders have stood by the state as “woke” companies try to punish Georgia for protecting their elections.
Trump spoke out, calling on Americans to boycott Democrat-run companies that attack our country.
But he also has some tough words for Georgia’s governor.
“Too bad the desperately needed election reforms in Georgia didn’t go further, as their originally approved Bill did,” Trump writes in the statement, which came out late in the evening, “but the Governor and Lt. Governor would not go for it.”
“The watered-down version, that was just passed and signed by Governor Kemp, while better than before, doesn’t have Signature Matching and many other safety measures, which were sadly left out,” he said.
Trump was very vocal about the problems with Georgia’s ballot-counting process in 2020.
He frequently criticized Gov. Kemp and other Republican leadership for refusing to do a more thorough job of protecting their election process.
One particular step he wanted was signature matching, something that might catch problematic ballots.
As most of conservative America celebrated Georgia’s new law—which requires ID for requesting and submitting absentee ballots and other strong measures—Trump wanted them to go much further, since Democrats were probably going to go after them either way.
It seems that Gov. Kemp and his Lt. Governor are not on good terms with Trump. While a major ity of the GOP is behind the 45th president, it seems Kemp and his allies are in the dog house.
According to Trump, Kemp took a measure for signature matching out of the original bill, signing a “watered down” version.
It remains to be seen what impact Trump’s words will have on the future of Kemp’s administration. He won the governorship in 2018. If he runs for re-election in the future, can he count on Republicans flocking to his banner?
Or will Trump’s ongoing criticism sink his chances?
Another possibility is that Kemp and his staff will see the light and push for stronger measures.
We all know the Democrats won’t let up in future elections. If Republicans don’t protect elections at the state level now, they could be in deep trouble.
Do you agree with Trump that Georgia should have gone further?
- Donald Trump criticized GA Gov. Kemp over the voting bill.
- Trump claims the bill does not go far enough, that it is “watered down.”
- Trump continues to call for signature matching as a step to verify ballots.