Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler publicized her disapproval of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) openly supporting Black Lives Matter again on Saturday. The Republican lawmaker's latest criticism came after New York Liberty and Seattle Storm players staged a national anthem walkout during an earlier game.
Loeffler described the walkout as “shameful” on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
“This isn't unifying Americans. It's a political stunt that disrespects every man, woman & child who has given their life for this country,” wrote the senator, who is running for reelection in Georgia this November.
Loeffler can’t stop attacking Black Lives Matter because she thinks it will help her rile up the base in Georgia to save her from a humiliating defeat from either Rep. Doug Collins (R. GA) or Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA). Speaking of Warnock, he wants to continue to fight in the Senate for John Lewis’ legacy:
Warnock, the Democratic front-runner in the race for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat, challenged Republican opponents Loeffler, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins to back restoring certain rules for federal oversight of elections that the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated in the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
“Those who will offer pious platitudes in honor of John Lewis over the next coming days need to get busy in Congress renewing the Voting Rights Act,” Warnock said.
Warnock, senior pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, has fixed voting rights as a central theme of his campaign in the free-for-all race to unseat Loeffler, echoing many other Democratic leaders who have elevated the issue in recent years, particularly in Georgia.
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