Politics An ex-Fox News host walked out a BBC interview after clashing with a Black activist over Georgia's restrictive voting laws
Georgia voting law explained: Here's what to know about the state's new election rules
Republican lawmakers in Georgia have overhauled the state's elections. Here's a breakdown of what will change under Senate Bill 202.Democrats and civil-rights groups panned the voting bill, and major Georgia-based corporations came out against the bill after it was passed. GOP state lawmakers who backed the bill and other Republicans nationwide harshly criticized the backlash, calling for boycotts of brands like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.
- Eric Bolling, formerly of Fox News, walked out of a BBC debate on Wednesday.
- He was criticised for his defense of Georgia's new voting restrictions by Aisha Mills.
- "Because I'm white, you think I'm racist? That's BS. I'm done," said Bolling.
Eric Bolling walked out a BBC interview Wednesday after an exchange with political commentator Aisha Mills about new laws in Georgia restricting access to voting.
In the debate on the BBC's "Newsnight" program, Bolling said the decision bycould lead to boycotts from Republicans and end up impacting Black communities economically.
How Georgia's new voting law compares to other states
Georgia's new voting law has sparked outrage from Democrats and even been called "Jim Crow on steroids" by President Joe Biden, but many of its provisions have governed elections in other states across the country for years. From voter ID requirements to ballot drop boxes, and early voting schedules to absentee ballot access, there is little new or unique in the freshly minted Georgia rules. In fact, many of the measures critics are attacking have long been in place in blue states, including Biden's home state of Delaware.
Bolling was a longtime Fox personality until 2017, when he.
In response to his claim on "Newsnight," Mills responded: "I think it's really rich for any Republican, especially a white man, to run around and claim they care about the economic condition of Black communities and Black businesses when that's all a lie."
"That is not fair!" Bolling said. "You don't know me. You don't know who I am."
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"I am a Black person in America," Mills said. "Everything these voting laws stand for and what they look like is reminiscent of the Jim Crow policies that my family lived under. So this is all about racial discrimination.
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"And how dare you try to act like you are somehow a proponent of Black people and businesses just to make a point and try to create a wedge? It's ignorant and it's just disrespectful."
At this point, Bolling tried to cut the interview short.
"You know what? That's disgusting," Bolling replied. "I'm done. Put me off. That's disgusting. I am nowhere near anything you are painting me to be, and the problem with American politics is exactly that. Because I'm white, you think I'm racist? That's BS. I'm done."
Host Emily Maitlis tried to persuade Bolling to stay for another question, and he agreed on the condition that Mills apologise.
"I'm not going to apologize for being offended," Mills replied, as Maitlis tried to get the interview back on track.
At which point Bolling left for good, saying again "I'm done."
The Georgia voting laws have been the subject of intense controversy since being signed into law by state governor Brian Kemp in March,laws that once enforced racial segregation in the South.
Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad
The debate over whether Georgia’s law really suppresses voting reveals just how imperiled American democracy is.In the New York Times, Nate Cohn concluded that “the law’s voting provisions are unlikely to significantly affect turnout or Democratic chances.” Slate’s Will Saletan notes that some provisions really are troubling, but that the bill also contains good provisions and that critics have “overhyped” their concerns. Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, writes that “the idea this is an epic war on voting rights is simply absurd.
The laws make absentee voting harder, and create new restrictions that will disproportionately affect Black voters.
They were passed by the GOP-controlled state Congress in the wake of Biden's victory in the state in last year's presidential election, and Georgia Republicans in January losing both the state's US Senate seats to Democrats.
major employers in the state, have spoken out against the proposed changes, and the MLB cancelled an All Stars game in protest.
Republicans have defended the laws, with Kemp pointing to the Democratic-controlled states of New York and Delaware that have more restrictive voting laws than Georgia. He said the new laws expand access to voting and ensure greater election security.
Breaking down claims about Georgia's election law: What's true and what's not? .
Politicians on both sides of the political aisle have misrepresented parts of Georgia's new election law. Here's a breakdown of what's accurate and what's not. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions from reporters about President Joe Biden's incorrect claim that the new law ends voting at 5 p.m. -- pointing instead to other aspects of the law she said makes it harder to vote. She also said the new law was "built on a lie" that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from former President Donald Trump -- a reference to the baseless narrative that Trump actually won the election.