Liz Cheney refuses to link Trump’s election lies to new GOP-led voting restrictions: ‘You’ve got to look at each individual state law’

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).

  • In an Axios interview, Liz Cheney declined to connect Trump’s election lies to GOP voting laws.
  • “I think you have to look at the specifics of each one of those efforts,” she said.
  • Cheney lost her House GOP leadership position for continuing to criticize Trump’s debunked claims.
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After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming became one of former President Donald Trump’s toughest critics, blasting him for continuing to spread lies about the 2020 election.

Cheney’s vocal criticism of Trump cost her the No. 3 position in the GOP caucus as House Republican Conference Chair, but she said she would not be deterred from telling the truth.

“If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person – you have plenty of others to choose from,” she said after her ouster from leadership earlier this month. “That will be their legacy.”

In response to Trump’s repeated attacks on election integrity before and after the 2020 presidential election, Republicans across the country have introduced a flurry of new restrictive voting laws.

But during an Axios interview that aired on Sunday, Cheney declined to connect Trump’s election lies with the rash of restrictive voting bills that have become a cause célèbre for conservatives.

“I think you have to look at the specifics of each one of those efforts,” she told correspondent Jonathan Swan. “If you look at the Georgia laws, for example, there’s been a lot that’s been said nationally about the Georgia voter laws that turns out not to be true.”

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Georgia, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 12,000 votes last year, was the scene of a monthslong pressure campaign by Trump to overturn the results, and became a national focal point for GOP-led restrictions as its new voting law adds such regulations as limiting the usage of ballot drop boxes and mobile voting vans.

Swan pushed back at Cheney’s answer, noting that Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said that false voter-fraud claims from Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani heavily influenced the new voting laws in his state.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence after the election that this has happened,” Swan said.

Cheney, for her part, seemingly endorsed the Republican focus on voter integrity.

“Everybody should want a situation and a system where people who ought to be able to vote and have the right to vote can vote, and people who, you know, don’t, shouldn’t,” she said.

Swan continued to question Cheney about why the new voting laws were necessary.

“What was the big problem in Georgia that needed to be solved by a new law?,” he asked. “What was the big problem in Texas? What was the big problem in Florida? These laws are coming all around the states, and what are they solving for?”

In her response, Cheney didn’t specify what was driving the laws in the states that Swan mentioned, or mention Trump’s role in inspiring them.

“I think you’ve got to look at each individual state law,” she said.

Swan responded: “But you can’t divorce them from the context.”

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp claims the MLB’s voter restriction laws boycott will be a major blow to minority-owned businesses

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Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Georgia) speaks during an April 3 news conference in Atlanta about Major League Baseball’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game over the league’s objection to the state’s new voting law.

  • Georgia Gov. Kemp criticized the MLB for withdrawing its All-Stars game from Atlanta.
  • The MLB decided in response to new voter restriction laws in Georgia.
  • Kemp said the boycott would unfairly impact minority-owned businesses.
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that a decision by Major League Baseball to move an All-Stars Game from Atlanta in protest at voter restriction laws will disproportionately impact minority-owned businesses.

Kemp made the remarks following the MLB’s decision last Tuesday to pull the game from Atlanta and instead have it played in Denver, Colorado.

The voting rules signed into law by Kemp in March have been likened by critics to the Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation in the South, who say that disproportionately impacts Black voters.

Kemp has defended the laws, claiming they ensure election security, and has pointed to Democrat-controlled states where they are more restrictive. And in comments Saturday he criticized the MLB for the stance it has taken.

“It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Kemp said, as quoted by the Associated Press. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own,” he added.

The claim that the MLB’s boycott, and opposition to the voting laws by corporations including Coc-Cola and Delta, will end up damaging Black communities economically has emerged as a key Republican response to criticism of the laws.

Last week former Fox News personality Eric Bolling stormed out of a BBC interview when challenged about the argument by political commentator Aisha Mills.

But Democratic activist and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is credited with devising the strategy that allowed the Democrats to flip the state in 2020, has also reportedly opposed the decision by the MLB to pull the game out of the state.

According toAtlanta Journal Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein Abrams, a strong opponent of the voter restriction laws, spoke to a senior MLB official last week and urged them not to cancel the game.

Victor Matheson, an economics professor at the College of the Holy Cross, in comments to The Guardian last week questioned said claims by some Atlanta officials that the cancellation could result in the loss of $100 million in revenue were overblown.

“There is some loss, so it’s not zero, but it’s a whole lot closer to zero than the $100m number Atlanta was throwing around,” he remarked.

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