With the political power of the next U.S. Senate term hanging in the balance, Georgia’s two Republican senators are facing a hard-fought runoff battle against Democratic challengers in January.
One of them, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), just launched a pair of impactful attack ads aimed at her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, that rival rhetoric put forth by President Donald Trump himself.
“A radical’s radical”
In one campaign video, Loeffler bestowed a new monicker on Warnock, deeming him “a radical’s radical” and highlighting his progressive tendencies, according to Breitbart.
Loeffler’s campaign linked Warnock to the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor whose church former President Barack Obama once attended. The ad highlights the fact that Warnock not only defended Wright but also the anti-American sentiment he expressed in one infamous sermon.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) also addressed and expanded on the connection during a rally in Georgia on Wednesday.
“I’m reminded of Sen. Loeffler’s opponent,” Rubio said, according to Breitbart. “True story, 25 years ago he was a pastor at a church in New York that invited Fidel Castro to speak. They cheered him wildly. … Think about that, now 25 years later, one of the pastors from that church wants to be the U.S. senator from Georgia.”
The second ad paints Warnock as an anti-police, pro-Marxist extremist.
“Saving the Senate”
Loeffler uses his own words against him, underscoring the fact that he has called law enforcement officers “gangsters,” “thugs,” and “bullies.”
Her campaign concludes that the only way to prevent her opponent’s brand of extremism on Capitol Hill is by ensuring a Republican majority in the Senate.
Even if projection by the Democratic Party and mainstream media are correct in naming Joe Biden the next president, a GOP-led Senate still holds the power to stand up to his progressive agenda.
With projections placing the current Senate makeup at 50–48 in favor of Republicans, however, the balance of power could shift if both Democrats win their longshot bids of unseating Loeffler and fellow Sen. David Perdue in the upcoming runoff elections.
Because of the high stakes of these two races, it is no exaggeration for Loeffler to declare, as her recent ad does, that America’s future is effectively on the line.