Democrat in Georgia Senate runoff faces backlash over resurfaced comments

Georgia voters will choose two new senators in a pair of runoff elections slated for January. One of the candidates in those races is Atlanta church minister Raphael Warnock, a Democrat who’s battling it out against incumbent Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) for her seat in the upper chamber. But he may have a tougher time at that than he thinks.

According to The Washington Times, a series of controversial comments from the Democrat have resurfaced in recent weeks, including one that prompted one of his would-be Senate colleagues to suggest Warnock should be disqualified.

In the most recent development, it was revealed that Warnock said during a 2011 sermon that “nobody can serve God and the military” at the same time.

According to the Times, Tennessee’s junior senator, Republican Marsha Blackburn, called the comments “disqualifying” and said Warnock should pull out of the race.

“I don’t think Georgians agree”

Johnny “Joey” Jones, a former Marine and Fox News contributor, was similarly taken aback by the comments, which he suggested would likely hurt Warnock at the polls.

“He’s essentially saying that pretty much anything pro-American and anything dealing with the American government is anti-God,” Jones argued, according to Fox.

“I don’t agree with that and I don’t think Georgians agree with that,” he added. “Everything in our Constitution was written in respect to God, and so I think that he’s got himself into a corner.”

Sen. Loeffler also didn’t miss the chance to chime in, calling Warnock “the most radically liberal candidate for the Senate in the country” in an appearance on Fox News, according to the Times. “Don’t take my word for it; it’s in his own words,” she added.

Loeffler doubles down

The Georgia Republican doubled down in a tweet that included video of Warnock’s remarks. Take a look:

According to the Times, Warnock’s defenders have argued that his statement was simply a reflection of Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 6:24 that reads:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

However, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) quickly pointed out Christ was making reference in this verse to his followers worshiping money — not serving their country. “So Warnock believes the U.S. military is ‘Mammon’ [and] military service is incompatible with being a Christian,” the Republican lawmaker wrote in a tweet Wednesday. He added in another post:

These [and] even crazier things [are] what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist [and] small dollar donor base believe.

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