A Democratic candidate for one of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats is weighing in on his opponent's stance on the Black Lives Matter movement – saying the issue is about more than just politics.“The folks at the WNBA, NASCAR, NBA and NFL are all trying to find themselves on the right side of history. She's finding herself on the wrong side of history,” Rev. Raphael Warnock said of current Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler's statements denouncing the WNBA's plan to honor Black Lives Matter during the upcoming season.Warnock is one of many challengers running against Loeffler in the upcoming November election.Loeffler, who is a co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, went public with her thoughts on the league's plan to feature the slogan on team's warm ups and on the courts during the season, urging it to instead display the American flag. She called the union an example of politics in sports that she believes has no place in the league.“And I'm not going to let a political movement tear our country apart,” Loeffler said.But Warnock called her statements the worst kind of politics.“People are literally dying on the streets and she's playing politics,” he said. “The politics of division and fear. Black Lives Matter seems to affirm the humanity of all citizens to uplift the American creed of equal protection under the law.”Warnock said instead of the division, it's time to turn toward each other – not on each other “through the politics of bigotry and hate.”
Loeffler has been slammed for her racist dog whistling and there have been calls to remove her as owner of the Atlanta Dream. But Loeffler is trying to use this to help get re-elected:
The crowd at U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s stop on Wednesday heard the usual message about her support for President Donald Trump and the importance of the November election.
But new to the Republican’s stump speech was an element that’s sure to become a campaign trail staple: Her demand that the WNBA abandon plans to honor the Black Lives Matter movement and instead put an American flag on every jersey.
“I want to speak for all Americans who feel like they don’t have a voice, who feel like they’re going to be canceled if they speak out against a political movement,” said Loeffler, who was appointed to the job in December. “That’s not freedom, that’s not America.”
Since she objected to the league’s stance on Tuesday, Loeffler has faced stinging pushback from national Democrats, WNBA stars and former players of The Atlanta Dream, the franchise she co-owns.
Both Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, and Doug Collins, Loeffler’s most formidable Republican challenger, criticized her remarks. So did Angel McCoughtry, the former Dream star who was for a decade the face of the franchise.
“I’m actually shocked by her actions. Sometimes you gotta play the political game, and I get it. But don’t mess with us in this political game,” McCoughtry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“If this is the person that she really is, I know that I don’t wanna be around someone who just doesn’t advocate for what’s right.”
We have the momentum in Georgia which is now officially a toss up state:
While we are still 118 days away from the 2020 presidential election, the Cook Political Report said Wednesday this year's election looks more like a “Democratic tsunami than simply a blue wave.”
The Cook Political Report said the reason behind this is the continuing decline of President Donald Trump's poll numbers that show him losing key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin and “even running behind Biden in his firewall states of Florida and North Carolina.”
Because of this, Cook made changes to their Electoral College ratings that moved Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska's 2nd district from Toss up to Lean Democrat. Maine moved from lean Democrat to Likely Democrat. Maine's second district moved from likely Republican to “a more competitive Lean Republican.”
Georgia also moved in the latest Electoral College ratings from Cook putting it into the toss-up column. No Democrat has won Georgia since former President Bill Clinton in 1992. Georgia joined Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida in the toss-up column.
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