Republican Senate Majority Could Be the Last Line of Defense

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On Thursday, President Trump said he plans to hold a rally in Georgia on behalf of Senator Kelly Loeffler and Senator David Perdue, Republican candidates running in the January special elections against Democratic challengers. 

Neither of the Republican senators in Georgia drew a majority on Election Day. This sent both of the races to special rematches will be held in January. The result of the said rematch will likely determine the control of the Senate. 

During brief remarks at the White House last Thursday, Trump teased his plans to go to Georgia on “Saturday night.” He even added that because of the importance of this election, he might even go twice. 

In connection to this, Trump called Democrat Jon Ossoff a “lightweight” who “doesn’t deserve to be there”, invoking his failed attempt in the 2017 House bid. Ossoff is a democratic candidate running against Perdue.

Other than Ossofft, Trump also criticized Kelly Loeffler’s opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, whom he referred to as “either communist or a socialist. I can’t figure that one out yet, but he’s either a communist or a socialist, probably a communist. This is not for Georgia.” Trump’s criticism against Warnock seems to be in connection with the event that occurred in 1995.

In 1995, Warnock was a “junior member” of the staff that hosted communist dictator Fidel Castro. 

In connection with this, Warnock was asked about the event by Jake Tapper of CNN, to which Warnock answered, “I was a youth pastor. I had nothing to do with that program. I did not make any decisions regarding the program. I have never met the Cuban dictator, and so I’m not connected to him.”

When Warnock was asked whether he understands why the people would be outraged by anyone celebrating Fidel Castro, Warnock answered, “Well, absolutely. And I never have. What I’m putting forward in this race is American values.”

Vice President Pence joined Loeffler and Purdue in Georgia

Vice President Pence also showed his support for the Republican candidates as he campaigned on behalf of Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia. The Vice President was seen at two “Defend The Majority” rallies. One is located in Canton, and the other in Gainesville. 

Pence told the crowd in Canton, “For all we’ve done together, for all we have yet to do, we need the great state of Georgia to defend the majority, and the road to a Senate Republican majority goes straight through the state of Georgia.”

In order to retake the Senate majority, Democrats are trying hard to steal both Georgia Senate Seats from Loeffler and Perdue. Republicans are currently holding fifty seats in the Senate. Should Republicans lose both of these Georgia Senate Seats under the Biden administration, current California Senator Kamala Harris will serve as the tie-breaker. On the other hand, if they lose one, Republicans would maintain the majority seat in the Senate despite the slim margin. 

“The Republican Senate majority could be the last line of defense for all that we’ve done to defend this nation, revive our economy, and preserve the God-given liberties that we hold dear,” Pence remarked in his speech in Georgia. 

Back at the beginning of November, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced to a crowd of New Yorkers that electing Warnock and Ossoff and taking the two Georgia Senate seats would be a step to change the country.

“Now we take Georgia, and then we change the world. Now we take Georgia, then we change America,” said Schumer.