Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is so delighted with the voter suppression bill passed in late March by the Georgia legislature that he’s decided to donate $75,000 to the state Republican Party as a show of his support for making it more difficult for Georgians to cast a ballot.
During an appearance on Fox News Thursday evening, Graham announced his donation:
“That’s what happened two days ago when I was in Georgia speaking to the annual Republican Party fundraising dinner for the Republican Party of Georgia.
“Eighteen corporations who gave money last year decided not to give a dime this year.
“They lost $150,000 cause corporations in Georgia have been intimidated by this idea of Jim Crow 2.0. So I’m going to give $75,000 from my campaign to the Georgia Republican Party.”
Lindsey Graham: 18 corporations who gave money last year decided not to give a dime this year pic.twitter.com/q52xLDW8Nh
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 7, 2021
What Graham failed to mention is that those 18 corporations that refused to give any money to the Georgia GOP were sending a message that Republicans are ignoring at their own peril: Voter suppression — especially to reduce the number of minorities who cast ballots — is bad for business and bad for everyone. Making it tougher to vote is antidemocratic and goes against everything the country is supposed to stand for.
Graham was pilloried on Twitter for his remarks:
My tiny violin quartet will play a lovely sad rendition of Dixie for a nominal fee paid in cash up front. 🎻🎻🎻🎻
— Denise DeGrazia (@degrazia) May 7, 2021
Why is the Senator from South Carolina still so fixated on voting in Georgia? What could it be?https://t.co/H7uvOeMoHW
— CK (@HRCDemocrat) May 7, 2021
Aww they lost money? Boo fuckin hoo! If he loves GA so much he can move there and get the hell out of SC! We don’t want him anymore!
— Amaean That Chick Who Games (@TygerDall) May 7, 2021
It’s their money and they don’t want to give it to seditionists
— TWalsh (@hogan_1969) May 7, 2021
Corporations are intimidated with the prospect that the GQP is hellbent on destroying our democracy ‼️
How horrible ‼️🙄
— Cruz Thomas 🇺🇸 🌎 🐶🌄 (@realCruzThomas) May 7, 2021
Supreme Court says corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people do. They are exercising their rights.
— FaithLouD (@FaithLouD) May 7, 2021