With Georgia teetering on the edge of swinging blue this election year, Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) was humiliated and shamed by his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, during a debate moment that could very well result in that leftward shift.
Of course, that’s bad news for President Donald Trump and the GOP. After all, Trump is currently losing to Biden by up to five points in the polls. At the very least, the race is tied. And Republicans cannot afford to lose Perdue’s seat because that would make it even more likely that Democrats will take majority control in the Senate.
That’s why the debate in Georgia between Ossoff and Perdue was so devastating this week, especially as the coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed 225,000 Americans, is getting worse in the state.
For a sold minute, Ossoff noted that Perdue failed to respond to the crisis because he was probably too busy dealing with being investigated for insider trading and hammered him for voting multiple times to kill healthcare protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions while downplaying the virus as merely being the flu.
“Well perhaps Senator Perdue would have been able to properly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading,” Ossoff began. “It’s not just that you’re a crook, Senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent.”
“You did say COVID-19 was no deadlier than the flu,” Ossoff continued as Perdue stood in guilty silence. “You did say there would be no uptick in cases. All the while, you were looking after your own assets, and your own portfolio, and you did vote four times to end protections for pre-existing conditions. Four times.”
Indeed, the pandemic spiked in Georgia over the summer and cases exploded again in October. More than 360,000 Georgians have been infected and nearly 8,000 have died. Perdue failed to protect the health and safety of his constituents because he, like Trump, cares more about himself.
“Can you look down the camera and tell the people of this state why you voted four times to allow insurance companies to deny us health coverage, because we may suffer from diabetes, or heart disease, or asthma, or have cancer in remission?” Ossoff asked. “Why, Senator?”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Seriously, this is the most West Wing moment I’ve ever seen in real life. Just brutal. pic.twitter.com/C2LeZefbZl
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) October 29, 2020
If there’s a moment that could convince Georgia voters in this election to vote Democrat, it’s this debate moment right here.
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