Senator Kelly Loeffler’s ardent campaign against their Georgia Democratic challenger, Rev. Raphael Warnock, has used a new deception tactic and classified Mr. Warnock, a Baptist minister, as un-American by falsely attributing a controversial comment made by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
Their attack was aided by a multi-million dollar ad purchase promoting a deceptive video of Mr. Warnock using the same non-contextual footage.
In a press release distributed on Friday, Ms. Loeffler’s campaign referred to a 2014 flyer stating that the Church of Mr. Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta, was Mr. Wright, a controversial pastor from Chicago known for his fiery rhetoric is received.
“Warnock has a long history of praising Wright,” said Ms. Loeffler’s release, “calling him a prophet and celebrating his infamous“ Goddamn America ”speech days after it was surrendered. And Warnock himself has repeated in his sermons,“ Goddamn America ‘said. “
However, Mr. Warnock only uttered this sentence in cases where he referred to Mr. Wright’s speech in order not to confirm this feeling himself.
Mr. Wright, who was once Barack Obama’s pastor, became a lightning rod in the 2008 presidential campaign when video clips of his incendiary language surfaced, and Mr. Obama cut ties with him that year before he received the Democratic nomination. In Mr. Wright’s sermon, which included the words “God damn America,” he criticized the United States for its history of abuse of minority groups, including their enslavement of Africans.
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But in Mr. Warnock’s speeches, including one he gave at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, he had quoted the sentence as part of an academic discussion of Mr. Wright’s speech, which explained how the sentence was taken from the speech without context and “dragged to the point of nausea” to criticize Mr. Wright.
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Ms. Loeffler’s press release attacking Mr. Warnock followed a Facebook ad purchase paid for by American Crossroads, a super PAC that supports Republican candidates and is believed to be spending up to $ 35 million to keep Ms. Loeffler in office. The advertisements also contain excerpts from Mr. Warnock’s Chautauqua speech as evidence that he repeated Mr. Wright’s testimony.
In the runoff campaign for one of Georgia’s two Senate seats, Ms. Loeffler attempted to label Mr. Warnock a “radical liberal” and accused him of supporting the idea of defusing the police, which he denies. The Loeffler campaign also said in an advertisement in November that Mr Warnock supported Mr Wright’s views.
In reality, Mr. Warnock said that he supported Mr. Wright in the same way that he celebrated the “black church truth-clarifying tradition” which makes people uncomfortable.
Ms. Loeffler’s most recent attack on Mr Warnock follows a controversy that arose last week after she was photographed on a campaign appearance in Dawsonville, Georgia with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, Chester Doles. After the photo was circulated online, Ms. Loeffler’s campaign said she did not know who Mr. Doles was. (The Atlanta Journal constitution reported that there was no evidence that Ms. Loeffler knew him.)
The Loeffler campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the recent attacks on Mr. Warnock.
Michael J. Brewer, a spokesman for Mr. Warnock, described the recent attacks as “another low point for Kelly Loeffler and her allies’ efforts to divide and mislead Georgians for their own political achievements,” added, that the Mr. Warnock clips had been “pulled out of academic discussions”.