Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian is on the same page with Democrats, claiming the recently implemented voter ID laws in Georgia are racist for requiring a photo ID to receive an absentee ballot.
Here is @Delta memo from CEO on Georgia voting bill: “I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable… The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true” pic.twitter.com/1KetMY6Ihh
— davidshepardson (@davidshepardson) March 31, 2021
He then sent a memo to the entire company, calling the new law “unacceptable” and incompatible with Delta’s values, seemingly forgetting that any passenger boarding a Delta flight must show a photo ID.
Republicans, including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who introduced the bill, argued that it is crucial to discourage fraudulent voting, citing discredited allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Opponents said that the bill and similar bills introduced in other states lead to voter suppression attempts that would restrict minority voting. President Joe Biden has called the bill “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity.”
— Ken, MD (@ken88nyc) July 26, 2019
In an immediate response to Bastian’s comment on the new law, Kemp accused Bastian of spreading misleading information and failing to consider the bill’s voting incentives.
He defended the law that requires official IDs such as drivers’ licenses before people can vote, pointing out that a passenger must present a photo ID before flying on Delta—or any other airline.