Sen. Lindsey Graham says preventing voters from receiving food or water while as they wait in line to cast ballots doesn't make 'a whole lot of sense'

By Taylor Ardrey

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the new Republican-backed law in Georgia that places heavy restrictions on voting doesn't make "sense." 

A provision of a new law signed last week by Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp puts stricter requirements on providing identification for voters casting absentee ballots, limits the number of drop boxes for ballots, gives state officials more power over how elections are run, and bars volunteers from giving food and water to people waiting in line to vote.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday" anchor, Chris Wallace asked Graham: "Senator, why on Earth, if Americans are willing to wait for hours to vote would you make it a crime for people to come and give them a bottle of water?

"Well, all I can say is that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me," the South Carolina Republican responded. "I agree with you there."

As Insider's Grace Panetta reported, Section 33 of SB202 says, "No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any petition, nor shall any person, other than election officials discharging their duties, establish or set up any tables or booths on any day in which ballots are being cast."

The law was met with criticism from Democrats including President Joe Biden, who referred to the new voting law as "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." 

In 2020, Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1991. Democrats in the state saw another major victory when they won Georgia's Senate runoff elections in January. 

When asked about Republican voting restrictions and shown a clip of Biden calling those efforts  "sick," and "un-American," Graham said that Biden used the "race card."

"You know what's sick is for the president of the United States to play the race card, continuously, in such a hypocritical way," Graham said. 

He added: "Every time a Republican does anything we're a racist. 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 use the racism card to advance a liberal agenda and we're tired of it.