With just days left until a pair of runoff races in Georgia determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, personal attacks continue to furiously fly between candidates.
In recent days, Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff leveled a claim that Sen. Kelly Loeffler had been campaigning with a member of the Ku Klux Klan. That attack, however, has since been proven to be false by multiple media outlets.
“Vicious personal attacks”
It might not be surprising that the four candidates vying for two Senate seats are doing everything in their power to convince Georgia voters to cast a vote for them. Ossoff’s brash claim, however, struck many voters as a grossly inaccurate cheap shot.
He dropped the bombshell allegation this week during an interview with Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy in an apparent attempt to defend her rival, fellow Democratic candidate Ralph Warnock.
“Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with Klansmen,” Ossoff claimed. “She is stooping to these vicious personal attacks [against Warnock] to distract from the fact that she’s been campaigning with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.”
The assertion stemmed from a recent photo taken of Loeffler alongside a former KKK member. Of course, the man has since claimed that he is no longer aligned with the racist organization and Loeffler took countless photos with fans that day.
Campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson defended Loeffler amid the growing backlash.
“A trust-fund socialist”
“Kelly had no idea who that was, and if she had she would have kicked him out immediately because we condemn in the most vociferous terms everything that he stands for,” he said.
In addition to fact-checkers in the media who labeled Ossoff’s claim misleading, Loeffler struck back by calling him a “pathological liar” and lodging her own dubious claims about his sources of income.
“He’s a trust-fund socialist who’s never had a job, other than through the Chinese Communist Party,” she said.
The Republican senator went on to double down on her criticism of Warnock ahead of next week’s election.
“If he’s going to bring up lies about who I’m campaigning with, I’m going to talk about the truth about who he’s campaigning with,” she said, accusing Warnock of having “a past with child abuse and domestic abuse.”