Georgia Rep. Scott: Biden 'hypocritical' to criticize GA voting laws when Delaware rules are tighter

Scott thinks that Biden's failures have caused him to "make up some story" to help with reelection.

Updated: February 2, 2022 - 9:43pm

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Representative Austin Scott (R-Ga.) criticized President Joe Biden as "hypocritical" for lecturing Georgia about election integrity laws when it is more difficult to vote in his home state of Delaware.

President Joe Biden in January accused Republicans of being "totalitarian" and on the side of Confederate President Jefferson Davis for creating election integrity laws, such as the one in Georgia which he calls "Jim Crow 2.0."

Biden's critiques of the Peach State are "ridiculous," Scott told editor-in-chief John Solomon and co-host Amanda Head during the "Just the News" show Wednesday.

"I had to show an ID to buy Mucinex," Scott said when he referenced a recent trip to the pharmacy, and compared it to photo identification requirements to vote. "I show an ID all the time. It's not an inconvenience. I recognize that it's just something that has to be done. I don't want someone be able to walk into a pharmacy and say, 'Give me the script for this person.' and not have to show an ID."

"We have to balance access with integrity." The Republican congressman added that Georgia "made it easy to vote and hard to cheat."

"It's somewhat hypocritical for Joe Biden, who's got more restrictive voting laws in his home state than Georgia does, to come down to our state and lecture us," Scott said.

Delaware has been criticized for restrictive voting laws before. 

"Although Democrats like to call out Republicans for trying to suppress voting, the states they control in the Northeast make casting a ballot more difficult than anywhere else," The Atlantic reported in April 2021.

For example, a Delaware resident, such as President Biden, needs to provide a "valid reason" for why an absentee ballot is needed. Delaware falls in the bottom third of states in early and mail-in ballot access, according to the Center for Election Innovation.

"Georgia citizens will still have far more opportunities to vote before Election Day than their counterparts in the president’s home state, where one in three residents is Black or Latino," The Atlantic notes, adding that "Democrats who have won election after election in states such as New York, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have had little incentive to change the rules that helped them win."

Scott thinks that Biden's failures have caused him to "make up some story" to help with reelection.

"He can't run on Build Back Better. He can't run on what he's doing with national security. He can't run on anything, candidly," Scott said. "Grocery prices, gas prices and everything else that he's done, that has worked in the opposite of the interests of the United States."

Because of these problems, the Georgia congressman said Biden needed to "come down to Georgia and make up some story."

Also during the "Just the News" show, Scott criticized Biden for showing "weakness" in Afghanistan, and giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a "hall pass" to invade Ukraine.