“Rev. Raphael Warnock will make history when he becomes Georgia’s first Black senator and the first Black Democrat to represent a southern state in the Senate,” an article at CNN’s website jubilantly declared this morning.
Warnock, who defeated incumbent Kelly Loeffler early Wednesday in a race that came down to the wire, told CNN that his victory was “stunning, but I think in America anything is possible. That’s why I love this country so much.” Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Warnock added, “I am an iteration and an example of the American dream.”
But to those not wedded to identity politics, Warnock’s victory feels more like a nightmare. His professed “love” for “this country” notwithstanding, some ugly details about who he is and what he believes emerged during the campaign. Footage of a 2016 sermon in which he called on the nation to “repent for its worship of whiteness” surfaced. Then there were the questions about his character after a video emerged of his ex-wife’s alleging that he had run over her foot during a domestic squabble. Police found no evidence of an injury and the charges against Warnock were ultimately dropped. Democrats whose credo is normally “believe all women” were only too happy to give the reverend a pass. Finally, the day before the campaign, a member of his campaign staff was captured on video acknowledging that he “absolutely” would defund the police — “these suckers in blue,” but again Dems were silent.
Now that Warnock has clinched his victory, all eyes are on Jon Ossoff who, if he wins his race will become the first Jewish senator from the state of Georgia. Isn’t that what matters most?