Better Georgia distorts Kemp’s comments, gets fact-checked

Of comments ripped out of context and the investigation into New Georgia Project.

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Better Georgia, a progressive outfit that posits itself as nonpartisan, has been rebuked for attempts at tagging Secretary of State Brian Kemp as intentionally trying to suppress Democratic votes.

Kemp’s official office is handling the investigation into New Georgia Project for voter fraud. The group is headed by state House Rep. Stacey Abrams, who carries considerable ties to Michelle Nunn’s Senate campaign.

Earlier today, the AJC reported a 19-second clip provided to them by Better Georgia of Kemp, a Republican, speaking at a GOP event earlier this summer.

“…you know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November,” he says in part.

The group’s intended implication is that Kemp’s office subsequently launched this week’s investigation as a means of suppressing voter turnout for the other party.

This afternoon, however, the clip in its entirety was posted by the AJC. What he actually said is something entirely different than Better Georgia’s distortion for the sake of messaging.

Prior to the clipped away bit, Kemp discussed online voter registration and a smart phone app for new voters. Following his comments on Democrats registering voters, he continued by saying “we’ve got to do the same thing.”

“I would encourage all of you – if you have an Android or Apple device, download that app, and make it your goal to register one new Republican voter.”

So, encouraging voter suppression? Not exactly, despite the “nonpartisan” outfit’s best efforts.

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