The Daily Wire reported that President Joe Biden recently delivered an angry, racially-charged speech concerning voter ID laws, at one point threatening that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will engage in “dismantling” election security laws passed in a number of Republican-led states.
Although the president spewed plenty of heated rhetoric during his speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this week, he didn’t have much in the way of supporting evidence for some of his claims, many of which were outright false.
“We’re going to face another test in 2022, a new wave of unprecedented voter suppression, and raw and sustained election subversion,” Biden said, failing to provide evidence of such actions in previous elections, as he implied took place.
“For example, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced for the United States Department of Justice is going to be using its authorities to challenge the onslaught of state laws undermining voting rights in old and new ways,” Biden added.
Most Americans want voter ID
Biden went on to pledge that his administration’s “focus will be on dismantling racially discriminatory laws, like the recent challenge to Georgia’s vicious anti-voting law.” Yet, as The Daily Wire pointed out, Biden did not specify how exactly the Georgia law in question is racist, other than it being a trendy, progressive talking point.
According to Fox News, the Georgia law’s provisions include a requirement that voters provide a driver’s license or another form of state-issued identification to verify their identity when requesting an absentee ballot.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said that voters who lack state-issued ID can use other methods to verify one’s identity, such as by providing the last four digits of their Social Security number, or a bank statement with their information.
“No rational argument”
“There’s no rational argument against requiring state ID – provided for free to those who don’t have a driver’s license – for absentee ballots,” Raffensperger said at the time.
The Georgia Republican added: “Their cataclysmic predictions about the effects of this law are simply baseless. The next election will prove that, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for the left and the media to admit they were wrong.”
A poll conducted by Monmouth University in June found that 80% of Americans believe that some form of identification should be required in order to cast a legal ballot in any election.
However, Raffensperger’s words — and logic — haven’t stopped many on the left from joining the president in falsely alleging that the law is aimed at turning Black voters away from the polls.
Among them is The Atlantic writer Jemele Hill, who tweeted in April: “The new election bill in Georgia is not about showing ID to vote. Republicans are salty the state went blue, and they resent that their power was taken away by black voters.”