Dozens of veterans from Georgia are calling on Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock to drop out of the January run-off race for Georgia’s United States Senate.
This is after one of the Rev. Warnock’s sermons was discovered where he urged his parishioners,
“America nobody can serve God and the military” and to “choose ye this day whom you will serve!”
Say what?! Then, I guess we need to get rid of all those military chaplains in the employ of the Department of Defense <insert eyeroll emoji>.
“ ‘Raphael Warnock’s comments about military men and women are despicable and flat-out wrong,’ the veterans said in a statement. ‘Here in Georgia, true leaders recognize the service and sacrifice of all who have courageously defended our nation’s freedom.’
“They added that it is ‘sad to see Raphael Warnock is more interested in insulting and condemning our military than in building communities that support and protect them.’
” ‘We stand together in calling on Raphael Warnock to drop out immediately, and we remain grateful to those who honor our fellow men and women in uniform—and our Creator,’ ” they said.
Apparently the good Reverend is avoiding the press, and having noted Christian scholar, Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar womansplain exactly what he meant:
The point here is that as a Muslim I know that @ReverendWarnock is quoting scripture in his sermon here, so I am sure Rubio does too, but he is willing to lie and make mockery of himself.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 18, 2020
She was rightly ratioed by Senator Marco Rubio, who actually is a Christian who quotes scripture frequently (and correctly) as opposed to Rep. Omar.
If the good Reverend does choose to stay in the race, 1) he needs to apologize to the hardworking servicemen and women across 13 Georgia military bases, as well as the entirety of active-duty servicemembers. After all, if he does win, he will not only be representing Georgia military members, but ALL the servicemembers in the country and internationally.
2) he needs to educate himself on the role of the military and how it actually serves the State of Georgia, its constituents, and maybe even their faith.
There are 13 military bases in Georgia across all the branches: Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force.
According to a 2018 Department of Defense report, there are 7,342 newly enlisted service people from the State of Georgia, and 6,219 active duty re-enlistees, representing 5.57 percent of the population.*
From another 2017 Department of Defense report on Defense Spending by State, Georgia spends 13.2 billion to maintain its defense infrastructure in the state, this number represents defense contracts as well as payroll expenditures.
This results in 12.6 billion in revenue for the State, which represents 2.3 percent of its State’s GDP.
A 2018 Statistica survey lists 29.22 Black women and 16.82 Black men listed as active duty military.
How many of Georgia’s Black men and women have found liberty and a track to career success in the military? A way out of gangs and crime? An education?
How many non-enlisted Black families are employed or supported by the presence of the military in the state?
These are facts that I picked up on a cursory Internet search. With the millions of dollars Stacey Abrams, Hollywood, AOC and others are pouring into this campaign, did they not bother to hire an opposition researcher worth their salt?
I would like to know in what universe does the good Reverend not respond after making such a statement. The sermon was almost a decade ago, so he could have “evolved” in his thinking—most Democrats use that excuse, and it would work here. Why allow this tempest to keep brewing?
Newsflash: It’s not going away, and it will cost you the support you need to win an election; especially since the lid is being blown off the voter fraud in your state, you’re going to need all the help you can get.
Senator Kelly Loeffler is doing what any good opponent does: making hay while the sun shines:
.@ReverendWarnock — you owe every active duty military service member & veteran an apology.
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) November 18, 2020
This is where you separate the Gadfly from the serious person. The Good Reverend Warnock is very serious about his platform and his progressive agenda—but he is not so serious about actually helping the people of Georgia, otherwise he would not have insulted his constituents and those that depend on them.
Take the “L” and save your campaign. Stacey’s not going to pull you out of this one.