Former US President Donald Trump has criticized Georgia’s recently passed electoral law as “too weak.”
“I hope the RINOs are happy,” Trump wrote in a statement Tuesday criticizing the law. RINO is a name-only Republican initiality. Initialism is an insult to members of the Republican Party who supposedly do not represent the values of the political party.
Georgia’s new election law limits absentee ballots and early voting, restricts ballot boxes, and imposes stringent new voter identification requirements. It also allows the Republican-controlled State Board of Elections to take over county boards of elections it deems problematic.
“Georgia’s electoral reform law is too weak and bland to guarantee the actual integrity of the ballot,” Trump wrote in his statement Tuesday. Trump also criticized the state for giving people “too many days” to vote.
“Election Day is supposed to be Election Day, not Election week or month. Too many ‘shenanigans’ can happen over this long period of time,” Trump wrote. “You saw that in the 2020 presidential election. How is Ruby Freeman doing?”
Freeman is an elderly poll worker who Trump falsely accused of committing massive election fraud in Georgia after losing Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. Trump mentioned Freeman’s name 18 times in his Jan. 2 phone call to the secretary of state. from Georgia, Brad Raffensperger. On the call, Trump asked Raffensperger to illegally modify the election results and said he would “take on” Freeman, if given the chance.
Freeman’s family reportedly faced harassment, unwanted pizza deliveries and death threats after Trump and his legal team continually mentioned her name as a scammer, according to NPR.
Since losing Georgia, Trump has repeatedly criticized Raffensperger and the state’s Republican Governor, Brian Kemp. He continued to criticize both in his statement Tuesday.
Trump’s statement said the two “should have eliminated widespread, no-excuses, mass mail voting, got rid of dangerous and unsafe Drop-Boxes, and should have maintained and EXPANDED signature verification to match the historical archive of voting, among other things. “
“I hope the RINOs are happy,” Trump added.
In his statement, Trump also accused Kemp of having “given in to the radical left-wing mob” for allowing that state to hold the weekend vote, suggesting that the left would call Kemp a “racist” if he ended the practice.
“Well, he kept it and they still call him a racist!” Trump wrote.
Georgia Republicans had initially proposed a limit on early voting on weekends. However, many black churches complained that doing so would affect their “souls to the polls” initiatives that help parishioners vote after church. Current Georgia law now requires counties to offer two voting days on Saturdays and allows them to offer two Sundays as well.
After the 2020 election, the Trump campaign and Republican officials filed more than 60 court cases alleging massive voter fraud, though only in the states where Biden won. Almost all the cases were dismissed or dropped from court for lack of evidence.
Two former heads of the Trump Administration have also said there is no evidence the election was stolen. Both former Attorney General William Barr, head of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, and Chris Krebs, former chief of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the federal agency in charge of maintaining electoral security, said so.
Numerous Democrats and corporations have criticized the new Georgia law as an undemocratic means of voter suppression. Kemp and other state Republicans say he will actually widen the vote.
Newsweek contacted Trump’s office for comment.