Donald Trump slams ‘super Liberal Democrat’ in Georgia special election – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)


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Donald Trump slams 'super Liberal Democrat' in Georgia special election
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
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President Donald Trump weighed in on Georgia’s special election for the second time in two days, referring to Jon Ossoff as a “super Liberal Democrat” who could threaten the GOP agenda.

Without mentioning Ossoff by name, Trump said the candidate wants to “protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes.” Ossoff’s vows to “stand up to Donald Trump” have helped him become a rising Democratic star, though on the campaign trail he largely sticks to more moderate rhetoric that includes promises to cut wasteful spending.

Trump said in a Sunday tweet that last week’s special election in Kansas was a “really big media event” until a Republican won the contest. “Now they play the same game with Georgia-BAD!”

Ossoff raised an unprecedented $8.3 million haul and has flooded the district with advertisements and volunteers. He’s leading the polls in the 18-candidate field – all the contenders will share the same ballot regardless of party – but they show him short of the majority-vote he needs to avoid a June 20 runoff.

Republicans have held Georgia’s 6th District, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, for decades and Rep. Tom Price won landslide victories every two years until he was tapped as Trump’s health secretary. But the president struggled in the district, winning it by less than 2 points, and Democrats hope Ossoff can deal Trump’s presidency a stinging electoral defeat.

Ossoff’s campaign didn’t immediately comment on Trump’s tweet. The Democrat, a 30-year-old former congressional aide, has called for an “aggressive simplification” of the tax code and “comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and provides a path to legal status for non-felons who are here without proper legal documentation.” He has talked little about changes to the criminal justice system.

The White House is said to be closely monitoring the wild race, though the two tweets he sent on Sunday and Monday are the first time the president has publicly weighed in on it. He may have a chance to do so in again: He is set to headline a National Rifle Association rally on April 28 in Atlanta.

The Democrat is trying to change the electorate by boosting turnout among millennials and women in the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb. But Republicans are growing more confident they have the votes to thwart him.

More recent AJC coverage of the Sixth District:

National implications push Georgia special election into spotlight

Democrats go for broke to win Georgia’s special election

Warring Republicans try to unite against Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth

Nearly $14M in ads have flooded Georgia’s Sixth for special election

Georgia Democrats, Republicans seek lessons in tight Kansas race

Ossoff fights ‘top-secret’ attacks in Georgia special election

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

Here are the tweets: