Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock has been adamant throughout his campaign that he does not espouse anti-police sentiments.
According to a recently released audio clip featuring his own campaign staffers, however, the Georgia hopeful is described as a supporter of controversial proposals to defund law enforcement agencies.
Staffers admit the truth
The recording, published by Project Veritas this week, includes assurances to left-wing supporters that Warnock is aligned with the criticism of police that spiked last year during civil unrest in cities across the United States.
Just a day before Tuesday’s runoff races, which will determine the controlling party during the upcoming congressional session, two staffers from his campaign admitted that he wants to defund the police, bolstering a common line of attack lodged by his rival, incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).
Warnock has sought to temper perceptions that he is among his party’s more radical members through a series of “fact checks” even as he attacked Loeffler for voting to reduce funding for police agencies.
According to his own staffers, however, that rhetoric is misleading.
Derrick Bhole, a finance assistant for the Warnock campaign, made one such admission in a conversation with an undercover reporter working for Project Veritas while noting that the candidate has been careful to skirt the issue in public.
“Most of them are bad”
“So he avoids using defunding the police because he knows that the Republicans are going to try to grab onto it and attack, right?” he said. “But in reality, his whole platform is along the lines of the same people who are saying defund the police.”
Bhole went on to offer a distinction without a difference: “Just not the same rhetoric, you know?”
Warnock’s small business engagement team director provided a similarly candid take in another undercover recording, asserting that “police officers are not all good” and that “most of them are bad.”
Asked specifically if Warnock supports defending “these suckers in blue,” Sasha Williams replied, “Absolutely.”
Of course, the candidate himself has offered a few glimpses into his true beliefs, insisting in June that America needs “to reimagine policing and reimagine the relationships between law enforcement and communities.”