This is completely amazing. It’s the best, total, utter, devastating takedown I’ve seen on the news in forever. It’s the must-watch clip of the year so far. Totally, totally fantastic.
And I don’t want to hear even a whisper of whining from anyone about how Christie was mean to Trump or too nice to Biden or whatever your grievance is. This is way too important and way too good. You’ll watch it and you’ll like it. End of discussion.
Because Christie SMASHES the lies and myths about the law. The liberal panelists KNOW it. They become FRANTIC about it.
Here’s an example: “Drop boxes now become a permanent part of the Georgia landscape, they were not prior to Covid. They are now,” he said. One of the libs pathetically tried to respond to that by saying there are not ENOUGH drop boxes.
Not enough? They didn’t even get rid of them? In fact they ENABLED them PERMANENTLY?? That’s a preeetttttyyy long from “suppression” don’t y’all think?.
“Minimum of 17 days of early voting, including two Saturdays and two optional Sundays,” he points out. So much for that “suppressing the black voter” myth about shutting down weekends.
“You’re going to have all voters being able to have multiple ways to prove who they are, driver’s license, last four numbers of your Social Security number, even a utility bill or a free ID provided by the state of Georgia” he points out. So much for “African-American voters won’t know how to use numbers on their drivers license” bigotry from the left.
“Stacey Abrams, by the way, Stacey Abrams was in New Jersey, in my state, praising Phil Murphy this week for a voting law where New Jersey early voting is nine days. Half, half of what Georgia is. Yet she’s on TV in New Jersey — I saw it myself — saying that this is one of the greatest voting expansion bills we’ve ever seen, but this is Jim Crow? I’m sorry, George.”
That is just a KABOOM.
When Yvette Simpson says the stupid water thing it really gets crazy.
“A hundred and fifty feet, where, in New Jersey, in Chicago and any place else in the country, you’re not — he’s saying partisan groups cannot do electioneering by giving out food and water. And in the Georgia bill says that there can be water provided by the state of Georgia, just not by partisan groups,” Christie explains to the libs.
Sarah Isgur says it may be a dumb provision but “it’s not a threat to democracy.”
Simpson, giving the game away, says “Every time you try to restrict voting rights it’s a threat to democracy.”
See how they are trying to work it? Devious and evil. Isgur responds “But that’s not restricting voting rights.”
Right. And yet the libs continue to say that it is, facts be damned.
The part where Christie just KEEPS calling Joe Biden a LIAR is also pretty great.
Here’s the full transcript.
CHRIS CHRISTIE, ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Listen, it’s just a symptom, George. It’s a symptom of what’s going on in our country right now.
I mean, let’s talk about what the Georgia law is really about because we haven’t had much of that. Drop boxes now become a permanent part of the Georgia landscape. They were not prior to COVID. They are now.
Minimum of 17 days of early voting, including two Saturdays and two optional Sundays. You’re going to have all voters being able to have multiple ways to prove who they are, driver’s license, last four numbers of your Social Security number, even a utility bill or a free ID provided by the state of Georgia, and voting is going to be until — from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. as it is right now in Georgia.
This is what we —
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, what is this a symptom of? It sounds like you’re against —
CHRISTIE: It’s a symptom of, it’s a symptom of this, George. And I hate to come in here this morning to say this because I sat here and listened to the president’s inaugural address. And I just want a couple of real quick points from it.
Politics need not be a raging fire that destroys everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war, and we must reject a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated or made up.
And Joe Biden’s broken his own rule, 84 days. And now, he’s lying to the American people, George. He’s lying about this bill. He’s lying to the American people about it to cause the raging fire he said he was going to put out. I’m very disappointed.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yvette, he did make some misstatements about the bill. The bill basically, though, restricts access to early — not to early voting but to absentee ballots, but it does expand early voting.
YVETTE SIMPSON, ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I mean, it depends on how you think about it. You know, you have to pick between a Saturday or a Sunday and what we know about early voting is a lot of folks appreciate, expect and depend on that weekend voting. We know that Sundays are a time when a lot of churches do go.
So, the fact that you have to pick between the two is a challenge. It still does not address voter purging which is a big significant issue and there are not enough drop boxes, in fact. Part of the challenge was, yes, you’ve solidified it, but no, you have not provided sufficient drop boxes for folks.
So, it — let’s stop and back up and say, first, the motivation was not to do more. The motivation was actually to do less.
We know that voter fraud was not an issue. And so, this just the motivation enough was enough, and I don’t think this goes far enough. I think that, you know, what do we need to do to make sure early voting gets expanded? Seventeen days is not enough early voting.
CHRISTIE: Well, Stacey Abrams, by the way, Stacey Abrams was in New Jersey, in my state, praising Phil Murphy this week for a voting law where New Jersey early voting is nine days. Half, half of what Georgia is.
Yet she’s on TV in New Jersey — I saw it myself — saying that this is one of the greatest voting expansion bills we’ve ever seen, but this is Jim Crow? I’m sorry, George.
STEPHANOPOULOS: She’s not — she’s not for moving the all-star game.
But, Sarah, one of the interesting things we’re seeing here is not just Major League Baseball. It’s Delta. It’s Coca-Cola. It does appear here that corporate America is out of step with the Republican base.
SARAH ISGUR, ABC NEWS ANALYST: That’s certainly true, but I think that Republicans have stumbled on a pretty good message here which is Delta, Coke, et cetera, these corporations coming out and condemning the Georgia bill, which, as you said, is ridiculous compared to other states. Delaware, Joe Biden’s home state, didn’t even have early voting in 2020. They won’t have it until 2022. They’re condemning that. They’re condemning this Georgia bill without really understanding it. Joe Biden has been labeled a recidivist liar for what he has said about the bill by the fact checking organizations.
And what about China? We have actual concentration camps going on in China and these corporations won’t say word one about it. And the hypocrisy of that, I think, is very clear to a Republican base that this isn’t about whether the feel strongly about a Georgia bill that doesn’t do what the Democrats are afraid it will do and it doesn’t do what the Republicans want it to do, by the way. But, at the same time, unwilling to say word one about China because that’s where the money is.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC “THIS WEEK” ANCHOR: They wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t in their corporate interest.
YVETTE SIMPSON, DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA CEO AND ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Yes.
RAHM EMANUEL, (D) FORMER MAYOR OF CHICAGO AND ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, the — you’ve got to put this in a lineage. Also, if you go back four years ago, when North Carolina changed their laws as related to bathrooms, corporations then took a — pressure in isolating North Carolina. That’s also the situation here. It’s a shot across the bar to every other state that’s looking at changing the laws. They’re trying to fix the problem that did not happen.
EMANUEL: And one of the worst part — that is the fundamental. There was no problem and they’re coming up — it’s like — they’re coming up with the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. And it’s a shot across the bow to a bunch of other states. And the worst case that this bill, which none of you have mentioned, is the fact that the state legislature wants to overrule both the secretary of states (INAUDIBLE). They’re — for what — what other reason. I’ll repeat what I said last week, which is, if Donald Trump would have won Georgia, there’d be no change in the law. And the fact that because Joe Biden won that this is — look, it’s a, you know —
ISGUR: If Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams were saying that, I think we’d have a very frank (ph) conversation.
CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R) FORMER GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY AND ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Right.
EMANUEL: I have no problem fixing the — there’s a lot of problems to fix. This was not a problem to fix.
ISGUR: But they’re not. Joe Biden said, it ended early voting. It doesn’t end early voting.
CHRISTIE: This is — it expands early voting in Georgia. The president said it ended it.
Listen, he’s what Joe Biden’s got to live with when he wakes up this morning on Easter morning. He is doing exactly what he sat around in the campaign and the transition and accused Donald Trump of doing. He is lying to cause racial divisions in this country. That’s what he accused Donald Trump of doing and he’s a liar and a hypocrite this morning (ph).
EMANUEL: Yes, wait — so, hold on — hold on —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Then how do you explain why Major League Baseball is making the move?
CHRISTIE: It’s a business judgment, George. It’s a business judgement. Major League Baseball has to make a decision about what is in their best business interest. And I’m sure that’s what —
EMANUEL: Chris —
CHRISTIE: I haven’t spoken to anybody there, but I’m sure it’s what this is (ph).
STEPHANOPOULOS: If it — if it’s in their best business interest, doesn’t that suggest that there’s something wrong with the law?
CHRISTIE: No. What it suggests is that’s the climate in this country right now. That’s the climate of what it is.
SIMPSON: You should ask the people who know. You should ask the people who know. I’ve been doing voter protection for 10 years. Just the idea that you can’t give people water in line. I know people’s babies —
CHRISTIE: No, that’s just not true.
ISGUR: That is (INAUDIBLE) —
CHRISTIE: That’s not true.
SIMPSON: I have held people’s babies while they go in to vote in order to enfranchise the vote. Do it by — do it by all (INAUDIBLE).
CHRISTIE: You can’t do electioneering — excuse me. That’s — I’m sorry, that’s just wrong.
EMANUEL: I’m —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, within 20 — I think it’s within 25 feet.
CHRISTIE: A hundred and fifty feet, where, in New Jersey, in Chicago and any place else in the country, you’re not — he’s saying partisan groups cannot do electioneering by giving out food and water. And in the Georgia bill says that there can be water provided by the state of Georgia, just not by partisan groups.
EMANUEL: Two things, George.
ISGUR: Also, look, that’s a stupid part of the bill, but it’s not a threat to democracy.
CHRISTIE: And this is the kind of stuff that —
EMANUEL: Two things. Two things. Two things. Two things.
SIMPSON: Every time you try to restrict voting rights it’s a threat to democracy.
ISGUR: But that’s no restricting voting right.
EMANUEL: Two things.
SIMPSON: And the fact that they didn’t address the elephant in the room, which is voter purging. A hundred an ninety-eight thousand African-Americans Georgians were purged from the rolls.
EMANUEL: Well, wait —
ISGUR: But that’s now what Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams have been complaining of.
CHRISTIE: Yes, look —
EMANUEL: I feel like a middle child at a dinner or breakfast.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You really have a hard time getting in.
EMANUEL: Two things.
CHRISTIE: Yes, everyone feels bad for you, Rahm.
EMANUEL: One is — one is you said that corporate America is out of step with the Republican Party. Corporate America has no home in the Republican Party anymore. And this is the first of many times where corporate America is going to make a clear decision. And it’s a wakeup call to every other state.
Second is, Joe Biden is not a liar.
CHRISTIE: Yes, he is.
EMANUEL: No, no, no.
EMANUEL: And coming from a — you know, we just spent four years with a person who had literally couldn’t find the truth if it actually — it went choo-choo in front of him in the morning.
CHRISTIE: Is —
EMANUEL: Joe Biden, you may disagree with his characterization.
CHRISTIE: Did we restrict early voting?
EMANUEL: He is not a lie.
SIMPSON: It does restrict early voting.
EMANUEL: You may disagree with his characterization. That bill is only done — passed for one reason, because Joe Biden won Georgia and the two senators won Georgia.
CHRISTIE: He lied. He lied, Rahm, and he’s going to have to live with it.
EMANUEL: That is not. He has not.
CHRISTIE: Yes, he is.
Yes. Yes he is.