During a debate with candidates in Georgia’s special election and "jungle primary" for the Senate, incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler challenged Democrat Raphael Warnock to walk back his previous comments on law enforcement. Sen. Loeffler was referencing comments made by Warnock in which he referred to police officers as “gangsters,” thugs” and “bullies.”
Whoa. Tucker Carlson just exposed Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock's disgusting comments about law enforcement.— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) September 22, 2020
Warnock has called police officers "gangsters and thugs" and "bullies."
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Sen. Loeffler asked Warnock to apologize for such egregious characterizations of law enforcement officers, but he declined.
“My question is for Raphael Warnock. Mr. Warnock, you’ve called police officers thugs, bullies and gangsters. You’ve characterized them as a threat to our children,” she said during the debate. “Will you apologize to our hard working men and women in law enforcement and to Georgia families for these dangerous and hurtful attacks?”
Warnock claimed to have “deep respect” for police officers, and would not scale back his characterizations.
WATCH --> Democrat Raphael Warnock refused to apologize to Georgia police officers for his disgusting comments he made about law enforcement. #GAsen #GApol https://t.co/EvIl0Hb8dh pic.twitter.com/6o9e0AyfhK— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) October 19, 2020
Warnock attributed his previous comments to a need for reforms to policing, but characterizing officers as "thugs," "bullies" and "gangsters" does not indicate respect for law enforcement.