“You now have a choice. You can bow down to this cancel culture, [but] I’ll give you a warning. If you do, it’s never enough. It will never be enough,” Gov. Kemp told the crowd after saying he felt the state didn’t need to apologize “one bit” for Georgia’s new voting law.
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After the lies of President Joe Biden, failed 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, and liberal activists on Georgia’s new voting law cost his state the Major League Baseball All-Star game, a fed up Gov. Brian Kemp held a press conference Saturday in which he ripped both Biden and Abrams as well as the MLB, and vowed not to bow down to cancel culture mobs including those in corporate America.
Before he took questions, Kemp gave a speech in which, among other things, he noted how MLB’s decision gave another troubling green light to liberal cancel culturalists who were coming for everyone, including other states, businesses, games, and other events in an effort to shut down and silence their opposition.
He also claimed MLB “put the wishes” of Biden and Abrams over the “economic well-being” of Georgians, made all the worse by the fact that they did so in the middle of a pandemic when people were counting on those paychecks. Kemp also said that if MLB really cared about laws restricting early voting then they would have announced they were moving their headquarters out of New York:
“They don’t care about jobs, they don’t care about our communities and they certainly don’t care about access to the ballot box because if they did MLB would’ve announced that they were moving their headquarters from New York yesterday. In New York, they have 10 days of early voting. In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional for all counties in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote by absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason, and you can do it securely. It’s easier to vote in Georgia than it is in New York.”
Kemp also said during the presser that MLB did not cite any specific part of the law in their statement announcing they were moving the game, which is also true of the Georgia-based corporations like Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines and the statements they gave condemning the law.
In reality, MLB pulled the game “because Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams have spent days lying to Georgians and the American people,” Kemp suggested. “The truth is that Joe Biden hasn’t read the bill and Stacey Abrams is raising millions off of fake outrage that she has created.”
“Even the Washington Post has given President Biden four Pinocchios for his false attacks on our new law,” Kemp said. “Not to mention that his own home state of Delaware has no early voting and requires an excuse to vote absentee. But is Stacey Abrams calling these states and their antiquated election laws ‘Jim Crow 2.0’? No. Because for her and the partisan activists who support her, it’s about raising money and attaining more power.”
Kemp then drew a line in the sand and declared he would not back down from the fight for secure elections.
“Free and fair elections are the foundation of who we are as a state and a nation. Secure, accessible, fair elections are worth the threats. They are worth the boycotts, as well as the lawsuits,” he told the crowd. “I want to be clear. I will not be backing down from this fight and neither are the people who are here with me today.”
When one reporter asked if Kemp was concerned about a “snowball effect” from the MLB pulling the All-Star game, he reiterated that he was not wavering, and said he felt the state should not have to apologize “one bit” for the new law. If Georgia caved in any way to cancel culturalists on the left, it still would not be enough, which was all the more reason to stand by the law:
“This bill is creating more accessibility and for us to continue to have better processes in the state that are secure for every vote, no matter who you are. And I don’t think we need to apologize one bit for that. I will tell you, these other events, other corporations, or if you’re like me, if you’re a … I’m a CEO too, I’m just not as big as some of the ones that have been gaining a lot of attention because I’ve been a small business owner for over 35 years. And that is the backbone of our economy. But you now have a choice. You can bow down to this cancel culture because I’ll give you a warning. If you do, it’s never enough. It will never be enough. Now is the time for us to speak out and hold people accountable.”
Watch Kemp’s full speech and presser below (full transcript here):
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein live-tweeted Kemp’s presser accurately described what Kemp’s words constituted: a declaration of war against corporate America:
Georgia’s Republican governor is ready for all-out war with corporate America over the state’s new election law, even if it means more economic pain or threats of boycotts. #gapol https://t.co/guKRW52bkj
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 3, 2021
Kemp’s language also made it clear that he was ready for a sustained and brutal if necessary battle against Biden and Abrams for their attacks on his state, which have been part of a larger campaign by Democrats – especially Abrams – to try and keep the state’s newly minted “blue” status for years to come. But as I wrote Saturday, that might not be so easy if enough Georgians decide that the both of them throwing the state under the bus using blatant lies in order to score political points and hold on to power was a bridge too far.
Republican state legislators and governors in other states who are under boycott threats from liberal activist mobs over election reform law attempts should look to Kemp’s defiant stance as to how to appropriately respond, because secure elections are indeed worth fighting for.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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