Last updated on August 4, 2020
U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler granted an interview to a TV pundit associated with white supremacy and Nazism.The interview aired on One America News Network on Thursday and Loeffler promoted it heavily on her Facebook and Twitter accounts Friday, tagging the controversial host.
“I joined @JackPosobiec on @OANN to discuss why I had to call out the BLM political organization — and why the woke mob is trying to cancel me,” she wrote in one tweet. “WATCH the full interview here.”
According to the Journal-Constitution, Posobiec “once associated with white supremacists including Richard Spencer, who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.” The paper also reports that Posobiec has tweeted out symbolism representing neo-Nazi jargon and Hitler.
A Southern Policy Law Center investigation determined that Posobiec collaborated for years with white supremacists, neo-fascists and antisemites.” Another SPLC investigation revealed that Posobiec used Twitter prolifically to spread conspiracy theories like Pizzagate and target Jewish journalists with antisemitic speech.
The Anti-Defamation League reports that he has attempted to sabotage protests against President Donald Trump:
“He has enthusiastically promoted a range of lies, including the Pizzagate hoax, and attempted to discredit anti-Trump activists by planting an inflammatory ‘Rape Melania’ sign at a protest event,” the ADL wrote about Posobiec.
And of course, Loeffler is defending her interview:
The AJC reported clearly touched a nerve with Loeffler, because on Saturday she unleashed a barrage of tweets attaching both the Atlanta newspaper, as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has long been credited for exposing white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and other hate groups. For example, Loeffler tweeted: “@splcenter is a group with no credibility that lashes out at conservatives, including @realDonaldTrump — and the @ajc has chosen to repeat their talking points.” Loeffler also cited a purported Jewish community leader who came to the defense of Posobiec in the past, as well as the Claremont Institute, publisher of the conservative-leaning Claremont Review of Books, that also defended Posobiec.
The tweets by the incumbent U.S. senator, who is in a fierce reelection battle against conservative firebrand, and fellow Trump supporter, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), raises the troubling question – what, and who, is Loeffler fighting for as she defends Posobiec?Loeffler, who is a part owner of the WNBA team the Atlanta Dream, made waves last month when criticizing the women’s pro basketball league for their embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement. The league, which decided to allow players to wear messages supporting the movement on their jerseys, was blasted by the U.S, senator for caving into progressive political interests and anti-police rhetoric. Loeffler’s comments sparked outage by WNBA players and fellow owners, with many calling for her to be compelled to sell her stake in the team.
How is it that a sitting US Senator and professional team owner can sit down for an interview with someone like Posobiec and America (and the sports league in which she is an owner) shrugs?
Back in 2014, Donald Sterling was forcibly removed from owning the L.A.Clippers because he was caught on tape using racial slurs, and rightly so. In the same vein, Loeffler’s racism should disqualify her from WNBA ownership. She may be more careful than Sterling in what she says (at least in public), and she may couch her language with “stick to sports” dog whistles, but Kelly Loeffler, in refusing to acknowledge the racism that made the Black Lives Matter movement necessary in the first place, is just as racist as Sterling and, as a sitting U.S. Senator, substantially more dangerous.
In a time when many white Americans are waking up to the white supremacy this country was founded on, we can’t continue to “cancel” only those who are blatantly vulgar in their racism. We have to be able to recognize racism couched as conservatism and a desire for “unity,” as well.
We need to replace awful Loeffler with a person of integrity who is dedicated to fighting for John Lewis’ legacy in the Senate:
Opening the services for the late Rep. John Lewis on Thursday in Atlanta, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock contrasted the congressman's lifetime of sacrifice and service with “some in high office” who exhibit “political cynicism and narcissism.”The celebration of life is taking place this morning at Ebenezer Baptist, with family, friends, religious leaders and presidents all in attendance to pay their respects to Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights movement who represented Atlanta in Congress for more than three decades.
Warnock, who is running as a Democrat in the Senate special election in November to fill former Sen. Johnny Isakson's seat, hailed Lewis as a “true American patriot.”
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