United States Senator David Perdue took to the podium at an event in Bartow County over the weekend, roughly one month ahead of Jan. 5’s runoff elections.
“I’ve been standing with Donald Trump since 2016, I’m still standing with him right now to get a fair count in the state of Georgia, and we’re not going to give up until we do,” he said Saturday at an event at Hamilton Crossing Park. “We’re putting all the pressure we can on all the persons we can, including the courts, the general assembly, our local government — everything we know to do, we’re trying to get this thing right, because we’re not going to let happen in January what happened in November.”
Perdue went after several prominent Democrats in his roughly seven-minute speech, including U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“What they want is total control,” Perdue stated. “He wants to add two states, four Democratic senators, he wants to stack the court — not just the Supreme Court, but the D.C. Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, all the ones that are important to them.”
He also said he believes Schumer wants to eliminate the Electoral College.
“He wants to change America in the way of failure,” Perdue said. “And then what he wants to do once he gets all that done … they want to defund the police at the very time we need to be defending our police, they want to cut military spending again just like they did under Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and just like they did under Bill Clinton.”
He also claimed Democrats want “open borders” and to take away Americans’ private health insurance.
At no point in the speech, however, did Perdue bring up the name of his Democratic opponent in next month’s election — Jon Ossoff.
“We win Georgia, we save America,” Perdue said. “And with your help, we’re going to make darn sure that we never let the road to socialism run through the state of Georgia.”
Also speaking at the event was U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican representing Texas’ second congressional district.
“This election is about a lot more than policy,” he said. “It’s about something deeper than that, it’s about a fundamental question about whether this country is good or not — there are those who believe that this country is a malignancy, some kind of scorn on the world."
Crenshaw referenced The 1619 Project — a New York Times initiative described by the publication as an attempt to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative” — at one point in his speech.
“They believe that we should be ashamed, they believe that we should be locked down, that we should have to beg the government to let us out, beg the government for money, beg the government to be dependent,” he said. “This is not who we are, this is never who we’ve been. This country was founded on freedom, on the right to pursue your happiness. This country was founded on the greatest ideas that mankind ever had.”
Among other accusations, Crenshaw said he believes Democrats want Americans to feel ashamed to for singing the national anthem and reciting the pledge of allegiance.
“Not only that, but they want to tax you more, they want to close down your businesses, they want to open your borders, they want to come and confiscate your guns,” he said. “[Expletive] no.”
Crenshaw also bemoaned “the lack of perspective” in American society, stating that he believes its citizens need to regain a sense of fortitude within the political arena.
The Senate, he said, is needed to protect Americans from what he believes to be “crazy” legislation emerging from the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It's things like taxpayer-funded campaign ads,” he said. “Blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants, that was the DREAM Act. They said it was just for Dreamers, they lied — they changed the definition of Dreamers, they said it doesn’t matter how old you are or when you came to the country, which means everybody.”
United States Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who represents Georgia’s 11th congressional district, also spoke at the event.
Among other topics, he celebrated the fact that Georgia doesn’t have a statewide face covering mandate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You know why?” he said. “Because we determine to put the power in the hands of the people to decide what is best for you … and as a result, in August the tax revenues in this state were higher than they were in 2019.”
Loudermilk also said he believes “we had a messed up election,” adding that he believes election fraud has been going on “for years” in the United States.
At one point, Loudermilk made a reference to L. Lin Wood, an attorney who has filed several legal challenges pertaining to the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. At a recent “Stop the Steal” rally, Wood urged the state’s Republicans to refrain from voting for either Republican candidates in next month’s runoff elections.
Loudermilk was sharply opposed to that idea. He said Republican mobilization was needed to “overcome the left,” further accusing Democrats of “calling for people to move into the state just to vote.”
District 14 State Sen. Bruce Thompson (R, White) also raised concerns about the 2020 presidential election, describing the process as “mismanaged, exploitation and unintended and intended failures on protocols and procedures.”
At one point, he asked the audience what they intended to do about allegations of fraud.
“Are we conservatives going to sit back and bellyache and complain and point fingers?” he said. “It’s been stolen once, are we going to let it happen a second time?”
Several other local legislators also briefly spoke at the event, including District 15 State Rep. Matthew Gambill (R, Cartersville.)
He said he is doing “everything in my power to investigate the fraud” alleged to have taken place in the 2020 presidential election.
“If you are one of the 1,300 people in this state that voted from a FedEx P.O. box, we're coming after you,” he said. “And we’re going to do whatever it takes to prove that that occurred.”