On the same day that Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) declared she had no intention of selling her ownership share in the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, the team's official Twitter account shared a message from players collectively repudiating her criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Written in their own voice, a Friday evening tweet that included the signatures of 13 players states, “Our team is united in the Movement for Black Lives. It is not extreme to demand change after centuries of inequality. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of humanity.”x
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The signees included all 12 players currently in Bradenton, Florida, where the WNBA will soon begin play in a self-described bubble at the IMG Academy, as well as veteran guard Renee Montgomery, who last month opted out of the season in order to focus on social justice issues.
Montgomery penned an open letter to Loeffler on Friday as well.
“I kindly invite you to rethink your stance and join a discussion with me,” Montgomery wrote. “While you might very well be on the 'right' side of this November's elections, you are on the wrong side of history if you can't see that Black Lives Matter.”
Well said. Georgia is a hot state this year because we have two Senate seats up for grab and Joe Biden has been beating Trump in the Peach State. It’s understandable why Republicans are nervous and Democrats are optimistic:
Republicans are scrambling to defend both of their Senate seats in Georgia as signs of trouble pile up for President Trump in the state.
Two GOP outside groups are preparing to pour tens of millions of dollars into television advertising in Georgia this week to bolster Sen. David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) reelection bid against Jon Ossoff, an investigative journalist and former House candidate who won the state’s Democratic Senate primary last month.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s junior senator, Kelly Loeffler (R), is leaning into a dispute over the Black Lives Matter movement with the WNBA team she co-owns as she looks to bolster her conservative credentials ahead of November, where she will face both Republicans and Democrats on a jungle primary-style general election ballot.
On Wednesday, the Cook Political Report shifted the state and its 16 Electoral College votes to “toss-up” status in the presidential race. And while Georgia’s two Senate seats remain in the “lean” Republican column, Democrats say that they are on the cusp of winning in a historically red state that has long been on their political wish list.
“Georgia is the linchpin, the most competitive state, the top battleground,” Ossoff said in an interview on Thursday.
“Georgia has seen some of the highest-profile, most competitive races of the past decade. Each of those battles built mighty infrastructure, trained tens of thousands of volunteers, moved the needle, and now Georgia is the most competitive state in the country.”
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