In an embarrassing move, State Sen. Josh McKoon deleted his own Twitter poll on multilingual driver’s tests after it backfired on Monday.
He asked, “Should Georgia offer the Driver’s License Examination in 11 different foreign languages?”
Before he deleted the poll, about 70 percent of people had answered in the affirmative — evidently not the response McKoon was hoping for.
The poll was an effort to bolster support for his recent bill proposing amending Georgia’s Constitution to declare English the official state language, in effect prohibiting government business from being conducted in any other language.
Driver’s license examinations are one of the critical services that would be affected. About 8 percent of written driver’s license tests were taken in one of the 11 foreign languages offered in 2015, representing more than 15,000 examinees. Having the ability to drive, of course, is critical to finding and maintaining employment. McKoon’s changes would make it even harder for immigrants to participate in Georgia’s economy.
Josh McKoon has a long history of pushing dangerous, backward policy during his time in the Georgia Senate — he continuously pushes for anti-LGBT “religious freedom” legislation and has a history of targeting immigrants.
McKoon can’t regain his composure in the aftermath of his blunder either, with screenshots of the now-deleted poll floating around Twitter. After the poll was delete a Twitter user joked, “I guess we’ll never know, huh?”
Apparently a sore loser, McKoon replied, “Got a pretty good handle on what actual registered Georgia voters think about this issue as opposed to paid open borders activists.”
According to Twitter’s own policies, no one, not even the poll maker, can see who voted nor how they voted on a Twitter poll. McKoon is fabricating a conspiracy against his Twitter poll to save face.
Even presented with a clear indication of what Georgians really want, McKoon still chooses his own extremist beliefs. He’s out-of-touch and not interested in representing Georgians.
This is all the more dangerous since he’s seeking the Republican nomination to become the next secretary of state.
McKoon’s extremist beliefs on key issues like immigration and equality make him unfit to serve as secretary of state or for any statewide office.