Trump Super-Pac ad forges Obama book in GOP Georgia race

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In the Jon Ossoff/Karen Handel Georgia congressional race, Great America Alliance, billed as the “largest and most effective pro-Trump Super PAC,” ran radio ads targeting black voters falsifying words from Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father. It is where “he describes a barbershop haircut he got in Chicago in the 1980s, just days after he moved to the city for his new job as a community organizer.” The Washington Post describes it this way…

“Obama’s barber, named Smitty, speaks in the passage of the racial and political tension in Chicago before the city elected Harold Washington as its first black mayor in 1983, and the neglect African Americans felt from the Democratic Party at the time.

In the paperback version of the book, Obama directly quotes Smitty’s words. In the audio version, Obama reads them aloud.”

The ad begins with the commentary of a black Trump supporter who rakes the Democrats over the coals once again for failing to come to the aid of black Americans. The ad goes on…

“A plantation. Black people in the worst jobs. The worst housing. Police brutality rampant,” Obama says. “But when the so-called black committeemen came around election time, we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey.”

Autry Pruitt, the speaker, then says don’t “sell out for another Christmas turkey,” which is the implication that, Smitty, the barber is referring to Jon Ossoff as the sell-out. In other words, Smitty is recommending a vote for the Republican, Karen Handel, or perhaps no vote at all. Purely and simply a forging of the words of former President Barack Obama by the Trump Super-Pac. Here’s what PolitiFact had to say…

“PolitiFact, a fact-checking publication run by the Tampa Bay Times, assigned the Great America Alliance ad its ‘Pants on Fire’ rating for being misleading.”

We’re used to Donald Trump spewing a ceaseless string of lies and now we have his Pac, no doubt with unlimited Republican funding, to pick up the deception and run with it. The battleground where this is all going on, Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, is firmly in GOP control but with a 13% black population, there is enough hope to bring civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to campaign for Ossoff. The results were extremely close, Ossoff losing by only 5 points. In the last election, Tom Price, who left to join Trump’s cabinet, won by 23 points. Meaning everything is moving closer to a potential Democratic win in 2018.

Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, said the use of former President Obama’s voice was fraudulent. He continued…

“Deceptively using President Obama’s voice to suggest people sit out of the democratic process is a form of voter suppression and it not only signals weakness, it runs counter to our American values.”

Ossoff’s defeat is yet another in a long line for the Dems this year, and that, considering Donald Trump has a favorability rating of only 38.4 after 153 days, his unfavorabilty at 55.8, according to Nate Silver”s FiveThirtyEight. Ossoff was clearly against Trump in the race, Karen Handel for but barely referring to him, after Trump had tweeted support for her on Monday. Although this was an important race, its outcome did not spell disaster for Democrats. What it told us is that this district, which mirrors several conservative strongholds across the country, has closed the gap between the ratio of Republican strength compared to Democrats, emphasizing the latter on the move.

Ossoff had the following to say to his supporters…

“You showed the world that in places where no one even thought it was possible to fight, we could fight.”

Jon Ossoff is only 30, is a former congressional staffer, who raised more than $23 million, and he was able to build a devoted grass-roots following for the future. “His defeat is also likely to lead to more criticism from the wing of liberal activists who want a more confrontational style embodied by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),” commented WP. But here is perhaps the Dems biggest problem now…

“Ossoff’s loss raises real concerns about the continued potency of Republican attacks against Democrats by tying them to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The anti-Ossoff campaign seemed to veer from issue to issue given the week, but the one constant thread over the last four months has been linking him to Pelosi.”

In this Georgia district, Nancy Pelosi’s disapproval ratings were 35 percentage points higher than her approval numbers. She needs to go the way of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.





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