Dr Warnock has already been criticized by the conservative media for his critical comments about the police. “We shouldn’t be surprised when we see police officers acting like bullies on the street,” he said, in one of a series of clips highlighted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson .
All of these positions put him firmly in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, something Republicans already plan to focus on if he makes it to the second round. “Raphael Warnock defended radical Jeremiah Wright while ransacking police officers,” Stewart Bragg, executive director of the Georgia Republican Party, said Thursday.
Republicans have signaled that they plan to make her privacy an issue as well. Before finalizing his divorce this year, Dr Warnock was accused by his now ex-wife of crushing his foot with his car during an argument, an allegation he denied.
The incident with Dr Warnock’s ex-wife, Mr Bragg said, “is just the tip of the iceberg of what voters will find out” about him.
Still, Dr Warnock believes he can convert some white evangelical voters, given their common faith. He had initially considered going to Bible studies on Wednesday evenings “with people who don’t share my politics, but we read the same book.” Those plans have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, but Mr Warnock remains optimistic. “I hope they would give me an audition,” he said.
He also builds on the idea that people of all races will be receptive to his position that Georgia should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Georgia is one of the few states that has refused to fully expand Medicaid coverage. A partial expansion will be rolled out in 2021, but supporters of a full expansion, which many Republicans oppose, say it would provide coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income people and help jump-start the healthcare system. troubled rural state.
The masked crowd that came to hear Dr Warnock’s speech on October 25 outside a Dalton recreation center numbered around 200, mostly black, but not exclusively black. The pastor’s mix of politics, bonhomie and righteous anger left them electrified. In church terms, they were touched by the spirit.