Trump Reacts to DOJ Suing Georgia Over Voting Law: 'It Should Be the Other Way Around'

Donald Trump said Georgia residents should mount their own lawsuits after the Department of Justice announced Friday it was suing the state over its new voting law.

"Biden's Department of Justice just announced that they are suing the Great State of Georgia over its Election Integrity Act. Actually, it should be the other way around!" the former president said in a statement.

The statement continued, "The PEOPLE of Georgia should SUE the State, and their elected officials, for running a CORRUPT AND RIGGED 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION—and for trying to suppress the VOTE of the AMERICAN PEOPLE in Georgia."

Trump lost Georgia to President Joe Biden by more than 10,000 votes in 2020. Three audits of the election have found no evidence of the widespread fraud alleged by the former president and his allies.

On Friday, Trump also accused Democrats of politicizing the Department of Justice—a charge repeatedly brought against his administration by lawmakers and members of the intelligence community.

"If we don't address these issues from the 2020 Election head on, and we allow the Radical Left Democrats to continue to politicize the DOJ and Law Enforcement, we will lose our Country. SAVE AMERICA!" he said on Friday.

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Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Trump criticized the Department of Justice for filing a lawsuit against Georgia's new voting law. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The statement was put out shortly after Attorney General Merrick Garland alleged that Georgia's new election law violates the Voting Rights Act's protections for minority voters.

"This lawsuit filed is the first of many steps we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote that all lawful votes are counted and that every voter has access to accurate information," Garland said in a press conference.

The Justice Department said earlier this month that it was doubling the size of the agency's Civil Rights Division in order to scrutinize new laws that seek to curb voter access.

The Georgia law in question was passed by the Republican-led legislature and signed by GOP Governor Brian Kemp in late March. It restricts ballot drop-box use, places new limits on the use of absentee ballots, and gives the state legislature more control over how elections are administered.

The law also makes it a crime for anyone to distribute water or food to people waiting in line at polling places.

The voting changes sparked rage from Democrats and voting rights activists, as well as pushback from major corporations such as Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Coca-Cola.

Kemp has defended the law, and said in a statement Friday that the Justice Department's lawsuit "is born out of the lies and misinformation the Biden administration has pushed against Georgia's Election Integrity Act from the start."

The governor also accused the administration of "weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out their far-left agenda."

Newsweek reached out to the Justice Department for comment on Trump and Kemp's statements but did not receive a response before publication.