Apr 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump: Georgia voting law doesn't go far enough

Donald Trump in Feb. 2021.

Donald Trump in Feb. 2021. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday wrote in a statement that it was "too bad" that the GOP-sponsored law restricting voter access in Georgia "didn't go further."

Why it matters: The law has garnered widespread condemnation from civil rights activists, Democrats, and more than 100 businesses and CEOs for instituting stricter ID requirements and limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, among other restrictions.

  • Support from Trump, whose false narratives about the 2020 election have gained traction among some Republican voters, could further embolden lawmakers in states with GOP majorities that are already pushing similar bills.

What they're saying: "Too bad the desperately needed election reforms in Georgia didn’t go further, as their originally approved Bill did, but the Governor and Lt. Governor would not go for it," Trump wrote.

  • "This Bill should have been passed before the 2020 Presidential Election, not after," he added.
  • "Boycott all of the woke companies that don’t want Voter I.D. and Free and Fair Elections," he concluded.

The big picture: Other high-ranking members of the Republican establishment have also spoken out against the backlash to the law.

  • On Monday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused corporations taking a stand against the law of employing "economic blackmail."
  • Trump on Sunday called on his supporters to boycott the companies.

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