In the current racially tense political environment, Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff election in January shapes up to be all about race-baiting.
The question is whether and how the two Republican U.S. senators, Kelly Loeffler, who has a Black opponent, and David Perdue, will overcome expected attacks accusing them of being racists because they support President Trump.
It won’t be a surprise.
During the presidential campaign, both presidential candidate Joe Biden and his vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris joined left-wing allies and called Donald Trump a racist and America a "systemic(ally)" racist country.
The goal? Appeal to Black and "feeling guilty" white voters.
This divisive rhetoric continues, even after the Nov. 3 election.
When Antifa and Black Lives Matter mobs attacked Trump supporters at the Million MAGA March in Washington, a spokesman said that Biden continued to "denounce all acts of violence."
But, he could not resist condemning "repugnant displays of white supremacy."
How will Democrats play the race card in an attempt to steal the Georgia Senate runoff election?
They will make Loeffler's Black Democratic opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock, their main star hoping he will drag Perdue's opponent, John Ossoff, over the finish line with him.
The pro-abortion rights NARAL Pro-Choice America has endorsed both.
Their message will be simple: "A vote for either or both Republicans is a vote for "Trump’s racism."
Warnock has the Democrat’s perfect Black liberal political resume:
- He is the senior pastor of Martin Luther King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.
- In a 2016 sermon, he said that "America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness…"
- He has the full support of Georgia's Black political establishment, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams, who blames her loss in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race on voter suppression and still refuses to concede.
- In 2016, he gave the sermon at the Annual White House Prayer Breakfast and, delivered the eulogy for Rayshard Brooks, the Black man killed by Atlanta police in June of this year.
Warnock and Democrats will use this history and reputation to lead a not so covert racist campaign against Loeffler: (If you support her, you are supporting Trump and his racist supporters who don’t want a Black man to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.)
Will such tactics work?
Despite Democrats' race-card efforts, preliminary exit poll estimates by Edison Research indicated that Black voters gave the president 12% of their votes, with Black men giving him a robust 19%.
The New York Post reported that initial numbers show that 26% of the president’s votes came from non-white voters--the highest percentage for a Republican presidential candidate since 1960.
Those votes were not for the Republican Party. They were for President Donald Trump’s record on critical issues impacting non-white Americans: school choice, illegal immigration, abortion, prison reform, urban revitalization, as well as the Trump pre-pandemic economy.
These are the reasons the president received such impressive support — especially from Black men.
In the Georgia runoff, Trump will not be on the ballot — but the two Republicans, especially Loeffler, should rap themselves in those issues.
They have to counteract Democrats’ favorite political weapon — race-baiting — by focusing on issues impacting Georgians’ everyday lives such as school choice, safe streets, and sanctity of life for the unborn — in addition to their opponents’ far left positions.
They must take their lead from the president’s winning issues with minorities noted above.
It is vital that they develop a strategy to utilize Georgia’s vast network of Black-owned newspapers to spread a powerful school choice and anti-abortion message to Georgia’s Black and other minority communities!
They should take a page from Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who won a narrow victory against his Black Democrat opponent Andrew Gillum in the 2018 Governor’s race.
After being accused by Gillum of having racist supporters, DeSantis still received 14% of the Black vote and 18 percent of the Black female vote —100,000 Black women voted for him because he supported school choice!
Black, Hispanic, and white mothers in Georgia care more about school choice and a decent education for their children than race-baiting rhetoric from Democrats.
The two senators should realize that and develop and implement such a strategy.
It would negate the Democrats' race-baiting efforts and return them to the U.S. Senate.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations and training consulting firm in Florida. He served on the U.S. Senate staff, held several positions in the Reagan administration and Reagan presidential campaign, and was an advisor to the Angola Freedom Fighters ("UNITA"). He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and a former chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. His articles have been published in several publications including The Washington Times, Human Events Online, the Florida Courier and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. His media appearances include Newsmax TV and FOX News Radio. He is the author of "How Obama Failed Black America and How Trump Is Helping It." Read Clarence V. McKee’s Reports — More Here.
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