MSNBC's Velshi: 'Fair to Say Active Voter Suppression' By Georgia GOP

November 2nd, 2018 7:17 AM

Between Wednesday and Thursday, several MSNBC anchors have continued to push discredited claims of "voter suppression" by Georgia Republicans, with host Ali Velshi giving credence to the claims on both days.



On Wednesday afternoon shortly before 4:00 p.m. Eastern, during a segment with Adrianne Shropshire of BlackPAC as his guest, Velshi posed:

Georgia is one of a handful of states where there seems to be, I think it's fair to say, active voter suppression efforts under way. In this particular case in Georgia, it does seem to be targeted toward African-Americans, and the number of people who might be disqualified from voting will probably be larger than the number of votes that wins that election one way or the other with the woman who might become the first African-American governor in America.

On his Thursday afternoon show, after leading with Oprah Winfrey's endorsement of Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, including a clip of Winfrey making claims of voters being "suppressed," Velshi claimed: "There is a voter suppresson movement under way in Georgia that might affect more than 50,000 voters, many of whom are expected to be Stacey Abrams supporters."

Earlier in the day, as MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle spoke with liberal talk radio host and frequent guest Mark Johnson about the Georgia race, the MSNBC host asserted: "This is at a time when the state of Georgia has been marred -- this particular race has been marred by voter suppression issues."

Johnson soon claimed that, referring to GOP nominee Brian Kemp, "the only thing he is known for is trying to suppress the vote."

In fact, as previously documented by NewsBusters, the primary claims of "voter suppression" against Secretary of State Kemp have simply amounted to him doing his job as required by law.

And on Thursday night's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes described Kemp as "the Georgia secretary of state who has actively been trying to suppress the vote for years, including this year when he put 53,000 voter registrations on hold -- 70 percent of them from black voters."