It’s the final stretch before the crucial Georgia run-off elections on January 6th, and billionaire Senator Kelly Loeffler is making it clear how desperate she is for a win — and how low she’ll go to sink it. The insider trading ex-finance ghoul went full Jim Crow — QAnon edition — at a rally on Saturday morning, falsely accusing her rival Rev. Raphael Warnock of being linked to “child abuse” and “spousal abuse” and of taking money from the associates of serial rapists.
At a small rally, Loeffler put on her best “country gal” cosplay and said “ya’ll” repeatedly from the back of a pickup truck before jumping to the same kind of smears that white Southern women have hurled at Black men for centuries.
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— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 2, 2021
This is the same sort of playbook that Republicans use against Democrats time and time again — but as noted by prominent civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill, Loeffler’s scurrilous accusations have a long and sordid history in the South and carry much more weight than the already heinous conspiracies of QAnon psychos.
A white woman falsely accusing a Black man of sexual misconduct in the South has deep & deadly roots in American history. We must not become inured to the implications of the willingness to traffic in these dangerous tropes.
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) January 2, 2021
To add insult to injury, Loeffler is guilty of much, much worse by her own standards, seeing as she has been endorsed by self-admitted serial sexual predator Donald J. Trump and has received donations from pedophile-adjacent lawyers — not to mention how she exploited the pandemic to enrich herself in one of the most flagrant cases of Congressional corruption the nation has ever seen.
Fact-checkers have determined that the accusation of “spousal abuse” stems from a 2014 incident in which Warnock’s ex-wife accused him of running over her foot with his car; the police officer at the scene reports that “I did not see any signs that Ms. Ouleye’s foot was ran over” and arriving medical personnel were “not able to locate any swelling, redness, or bruising or broken bones on Ms. Ouleye’s left foot.”
The allegations of being “linked to child abuse” stems from an allegation of non-sexual child abuse at a camp run by the church where Warnock was the pastor. He and the church’s youth minister were arrested for blocking a state trooper from interviewing his teen counselors without their lawyers present. The charges were quickly dropped after having been deemed to be a “miscommunication.”
“What we decided was there was some miscommunication that had occurred with them. They were very helpful with the continued investigation. It would not have been a prudent use of resources to have prosecuted them,” wrote the prosecutor who demanded the charges be dropped.
While it’s not surprising to see a rich white woman deploy these kinds of appalling lies and insinuations in a state like Georgia, it does speak to how desperate the GOP is to retain control of the Senate — and how important it is that we get out of the vote and punish them for their behavior.