This good old boy is a fake. He is playing one of those “I’m just an old country lawyer,” but do not fall for it. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) is a graduate of Oxford University. His prejudices were falling out of all of his pockets and from the ankles of his pants when he took on voting rights activist Stacey Abrams (D-GA). Not a good idea Mr. Good-old-boy Kennedy.
Kennedy apparently thought he was smarter than Ms. Abrams when he tried to put her on the spot. He wanted her to list her objections to Georgia’s new controversial voting law right then, right there. But she turned the situation around to her benefit.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over voting rights last week, the senator from Louisiana asked the activist to:
‘[G]ive [me] a list of the provisions that you object to.’
Abrams made the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris win possible with her remarkable skill of pulling votes out of the woodwork. In fact, she did such a good job that state legislators across the county scuttled about, coming up with outrageous anti-voting laws.
During the hearing, Abrams listed aspects of the law that gave her concern. One was limiting how many ballot drop box locations would be available. Another was the part of the law that would let the precincts shorten their voting times. She said in her logical way:
‘[Doing so] may have an effect on voters who cannot vote during business hours.’
Clearly, Abrams was going to further list her objections. When she took a breath before continuing, Kennedy slid in and cut her off, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘OK, I get the idea. I get the idea.’
But the activist was not finished. On Tuesday, she tweeted a video of what she would have said had Kennedy not been so rude. It took nearly six minutes to finish in her tweeted video.
The voting rights activist began the video as if she was still talking to the good old boy:
‘Thank you, Senator, for that question. I know we got cut off before, so let me continue.’
Abrams included video clips of her interaction with Kennedy. He asked:
‘Is that everything?’
In the video, she responded:
‘Nope. With all due respect, I’m not done yet, Senator.’
She continued, saying she had trouble with these:
- ‘the law’s provision that prohibits non-election workers from handing out food or water to voters within 150 feet of polling places.
- [placing’ restrictions on certain segments of voters, including communities of color and low-income residents.
- [codifying] voter caging, meaning that an individual can challenge the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters in their county.
- the law strips powers away from Georgia’s secretary of state in overseeing elections, grants more authority to the state legislature in local elections, and also mandates that all voters provide a photo ID when submitting an absentee ballot.’
The activist’s organization Fair Fight Action noted that Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed the election bill into law just last month.
Abrams went on to point out more restrictive measures that Republicans attempted to pass in earlier versions of the Georgia bill:
‘Let’s not forget that Republicans wanted to eliminate Sunday voting, but we stopped them. And Republicans wanted to eliminate no excuses absentee voting, but we stopped them. And Republicans wanted to eliminate automatic voter registration. But wait for it, we stopped them.’
Kemp and Republican lawmakers argued the voting law’s purpose was to “restore confidence in the integrity of the state’s electoral system.” They clearly did not mean what they said, because they supported Donald Trump and friends screaming from the rafters that the vote was stolen from him, the election was “a fraud.”
Take a look at Stacey Abrams’ video:
‘I was asked for a list of my objections to Georgia Republicans’ voter suppression law, so here’s a video.’
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 27, 2021
Twitter world went wild with Abrams’ tweet. Take a look at some of our favorites below:
— Philly Girl in NJ (@philly_nj) April 27, 2021
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