President Barack Obama spoke with Stacey Abrams, the former candidate for governor in Georgia who has been instrumental in rallying the Democratic vote in Georgia, and explained the very important stakes in the 2021 Georgia special elections.
President Obama rips Sen. David Perdue & Sen. Kelly Loeffler: "You've got two incumbent Senators who in the midst of the worst public health crisis that any of us have seen in our lifetimes, we know were first and foremost worried about their stock portfolio." pic.twitter.com/QrqJOz3ifU
— The Hill (@thehill) December 5, 2020
In November, Americans spoke loudly at the ballot box to express their wish to oust Donald Trump from the White House, electing Joe Biden by more than 80 million votes. But if any of Biden’s promises are expected to be kept, he will need the support of Congress, something Republicans have been unwilling to give.
Obama talked about the insider trading scandals surrounding the two GOP candidates in the special election, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, and their first reaction to hearing that a global pandemic was coming to ravage their state and kill the people who voted for them.
‘As they’re ignoring the science and epidemiologists and suggesting that this is something that is some partisan issue as opposed to something Americans should rally around, at the same time, behind closed doors, they’re calling their brokers. That’s not public service. That alone should motivate the people of Georgia.’
Kelly Loeffler bought three homes in Florida, a condo in Chicago and a mansion along the Georgia coastline. When she learned about the pandemic, she bought and sold stock. Her estimated net worth is $800-$1 Billion. She doesn’t care about you. pic.twitter.com/kCcGldvnNO
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) December 4, 2020
Obama stressed that electing two Democrats to the Senate isn’t going to magically fix everything, but that Georgians could rest assured that they had the most dedicated public servants fighting for them should Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock as their senators.
‘The one thing I can say about my presidency and the one thing I can say about for certain about Rafael and Jon is that I know they’re going to be working every day to make sure that they are doing their absolute best to serve the people. And that’s the bare minimum that anyone should want.’
SCOOP: @SenDavidPerdue, R-Ga., is scheduled to conduct a fundraiser with 5 lobbyists who together represent 10 companies whose stocks Perdue has recently bought/sold.
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) December 4, 2020
Policy initiatives that Democrats have backed take widespread buy-in from both the people and from Congress. Healthcare, the biggest accomplishment of the Obama/Biden administration, is very much on the ballot, because Biden cannot do what he’d like to do to improve the Affordable Care Act for all Americans if Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate block him at every turn, which they’re sure to do if they hold the majority after the special election.
‘If we’re going to seriously deal with the aftermath of the pandemic, if we are going to start building on the Affordable Care Act and making it even stronger so that more people are reached, those kind of agenda items require legislative initiatives and we can’t get that done unless we’ve got not just the White House but willing partners in Congress. These two gentlemen, Jon and Rafael, I know that’s what they want.’
Never forget that Kelly Loeffler began dumping millions in stock on *the same day* that she received a classified briefing on the severity of the pandemic.
Four days later, Loeffler accused Democrats of fear mongering about the virus.
Georgians can vote her out on January 5th. pic.twitter.com/VXjw0pjeH5
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 4, 2020