Sen. Warnock admits to backing lies about Georgia election law

Raphael Warnock (courtesy photo)

President Biden already has received the maximum “four Pinocchios” for his false claims about the Georgia election law, and now Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., has been flagged by the Washington Post fact-checker.

Warnock admitted he signed off on an email by a third-party advocacy group that spread misinformation about the much-maligned law five days after it was passed, Fox News reported.

The email by the nonprofit 3.14 Action falsely claimed the new law restricted weekend early voting and ended no-excuse mail voting.

The two ideas were early proposals that were not part of the law, which actually expands early voting in Georgia to 17 days.

The law also still allows no-excuse absentee voting.

A Warnock spokesman insisted the senator approved the email’s text while the provisions were still under consideration.

But the email was mailed out March 30, five days after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law.

After condemnation of the Georgia law by Biden — who called it “Jim Crow on steroids” — and Georgia-based corporations, including Delta and Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball decided to withdraw the All-Star Game from Atlanta.

Republican leaders, including Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, have argued the Georgia law is no more restrictive than Delaware’s election laws, for example, arguing Major League Baseball has “adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia.”

In response to Biden’s false claims, a Georgia state lawmaker, noting that laws in the president’s home state are more protective of election integrity than Georgia’s, has proposed legislation called The President Joe Biden Jim Crow On Steroids Voter Act. He said it will have five key features, to make Georgia’s laws as restrictive as Delaware’s.

Warnock said he was disappointed by MLB’s decision, but he blamed Republicans, calling the move an “unfortunate” consequence of the bill.

“It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on, and hand-in-hand with the community,” he said in a statement.

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