Last updated on August 11, 2020
U.S. Senate candidate, Jon Ossoff (D. GA), sat down with the Gwinnett Daily Post asking him how he would grade Donald Trump and U.S. Senator David Perdue’s (R. GA) response to the coronavirus pandemic. Ossoff didn’t hold back:
When asked how he would grade the COVID-19 response, he said “F.”
“I don’t think that’s hyperbole and I really want to ask everyone reading this article to reflect on whether this gross incompetence deserves to be rewarded with re-election — 160,000 Americans are dead,” Ossoff said.Ossoff talked to the Daily Post this past week about several topics, including the federal government’s response to the pandemic, life on the campaign trail, federal unemployment benefits available to people who lost their job because of the pandemic and attack ads that have been run against him.Throughout much of the interview, he laid heavy criticism upon Perdue, saying the senator and Trump “deserve to lose.”
I can’t blame or disagree with Ossoff on this. He’s absolutely right. He’s also had to personally deal with the pandemic:
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff will isolate after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus and he began experiencing symptoms himself, his campaign said Saturday.
Ossoff's campaign said that his wife, Alisha Kramer, who is an OB-GYN physician at a local hospital, received a positive test for COVID-19 on Friday night after experiencing symptoms earlier in the week. Ossoff, who is also experiencing unspecified symptoms, was tested Saturday morning, and his results are pending.
“Dr. Kramer, like so many health care workers, puts herself at risk to care for Georgia’s pregnant women, delivering mothers, and newborn babies. She is a hero,” said Miryam Lipper, the Ossoff campaign’s communications director.
“I’m so, so grateful that she’s getting better, but too many Americans are still getting sick. We need to listen to medical experts, coordinate a national testing strategy and stop politicizing masks,” he said.
“I approve this message because nurses and doctors like Alisha, they’re doing their jobs. It’s way past time politicians started doing theirs.”
And Ossoff and Democrats have Perdue on the run because he has to now defend his record:
By the way, Perdue is still getting ripped for this:
As a member of the Atlanta Jewish community, I can attest to the fact that Perdue is so desperate that he is willing to sink to truly disgraceful depths in an effort to beat his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. Witness the digital ad Perdue recently ran, grotesquely altering the size of Ossoff’s nose and accusing Ossoff and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of trying to “buy Georgia.” In embracing the caricature of Jews with large noses and leveling the scurrilous accusation that Ossoff and Schumer – both Jewish – are trying to buy influence and power, Perdue invoked two of the world’s oldest antisemitic tropes.
Employing such a campaign tactic blatantly violates the promise Washington made to America’s Jews, but also echoes President Trump’s own use of antisemitic tropes. Just as when Trump called Jews financial “killers” earlier this year, Perdue has associated Jews with money. To add insult to injury, he’s also perpetuated negative physical stereotypes associated with Jews. For both President Trump and Senator Purdue, this is a cynical and ugly ploy to use hatred to further their political agenda, and it has no place in our civic discourse.
Ossoff rightly called the ad “offensive and shocking,” but worse than that, it is downright dangerous, and we’ve seen the result of Trump’s own antisemitism in recent years. He has fomented horrific and violent Jew-hatred by neo-Nazis and white nationalists, helping to create the current climate of rising antisemitism and hate crimes we see in our country. In following the example of his party’s leader, with whom (according to FiveThirtyEight) he agrees 95 percent of the time, Perdue’s behavior was deeply reckless and irresponsible. His action has hurt and endangered all Jewish Americans and, indeed, all Americans by signaling that rank bigotry is now an acceptable tactic in political campaigns.
While Georgia has been considered a safe Republican stronghold for decades, the tide in the state is shifting in Democrats' favor thanks to the fast-expanding Atlanta metro area.
The counties surrounding Atlanta, including Cobb and Gwinnett counties, have been rapidly gaining population and trending towards Democrats in recent election cycles. And the confluence of Trump's unpopularity and the pandemic — which has hit Georgia hard — could make the state even more competitive than ever.
Both the Biden and Trump campaigns are also investing big in Georgia, another indication of how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the electoral college map towards Democrats. Trump now leads former VP Joe Biden by just 0.9 points on average in polls of the state, according to FiveThirtyEight's polling averages.
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