Brian Kemp got booed upon arrival at the GOP convention in Georgia, according to Town Hall.
.@BrianKempGA greeted at the Ga GOP convention with loud boos. He was speaking for about 30 seconds before it was quiet enough to hear him from the press area. But he got his first full applause when he mentioned Georgia being the first state to reopen during the pandemic. #gapol pic.twitter.com/4LcgRqkvoO
— Maya T. Prabhu (@MayaTPrabhu) June 5, 2021
Kevin Gough says the boos “don’t speak for the whole party.”
From Town Hall:
Georgia’s election integrity law was passed by GOP lawmakers following concerns in the 2020 election about the validity of casted votes, specifically those coming from mail-in ballots. The law requires identification to vote, extends the early voting period, ensures a ballot drop box will be available in every county and bars partisan groups from passing out food and water to voters at the polls.
Companies such as Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola have boycotted the state over the election integrity law.
The passage of the legislation follows Trump’s claims that voter fraud was the reason he lost to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Trump said the Georgia voting law was “too weak.”
Kemp has been at odds with the former president and his base ever since he certified the state’s 16 electoral votes for Biden, and again following Georgia’s recount. Trump has repeatedly criticized the governor for not indulging in assertions of a stolen election.
A Georgia Republican campaigning to unseat Kemp in 2022, former Democrat Vernon Jones, called the governor a “RINO,” Republican in name only, at the convention for not endorsing Trump’s election fraud claims. Jones receiving applause for backing Trump’s claims of widespread fraud signals the former president’s stronghold on the Republican Party, showing that being an opposition could turn out to be a losing move.