Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  accused President Biden of constantly playing the “race card” in order to push the Democrats’ voting rights bill HR-1 when he appeared on “Fox News Sunday.” 

Graham responded to a question from host Chris Wallace about Georgia’s current restrictive voting rule, which President Biden described as “sick” and “Jim Crow in the twenty-first century” during his first press conference on Thursday. Graham retorted that “What’s sick is for the president of the United States to play the race card continuously in such a hypocritical way.”

Graham then criticized H.R. 1, the voting reform bill approved by the House earlier this month. Democrats have described the bill as an attempt to counter Republican efforts to stifle free and equal elections. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, within one month of the 2020 election, 28 states passed over 100 voter fraud bills. The voting rights bill, if signed, would nullify several of those state proposals and establish new rules to improve voter access. Graham referred to the legislation as “the biggest power grab in the history of our country,” also claimed to federalize voting.

“Every time a Republican does anything, we’re a racist,” Graham continued. “If you’re a white conservative, you’re a racist. If you’re a Black Republican, you’re either a prop or Uncle Tom. They [Democrats] use the racism card to advance a liberal agenda, and we’re tired of it. H.R. 1 is sick, not what they’re doing in Georgia.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed new bills into law on Thursday that contain a variety of significant improvements to the state’s voting system, such as requiring identification for absentee ballot requests, restricting the use of ballot drop boxes, and shortening the runoff election era.

Graham said that although he endorsed the legislation, he disagreed with some of its provisions, including one that made it unethical to provide food or drink to people standing in line to vote.

“That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” he stated.

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