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U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee: Nashville bombing shows why Georgians should reject Warnock, Ossoff’s ‘Defund the Police’ agenda


The memo:

  • Marsha Blackburn is encouraging Georgians to vote early for her colleagues, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
  • She said the Nashville bombing is an example of why 'defunding the police' is dangerous.
  • The Republican from Tennessee also blasted Jon Ossoff's ties to China.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday morning interviewed on “Fox and Friends,” encouraging Georgians to vote early for her colleagues, U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).

Blackburn, widely viewed as a staunch conservative and key ally of President Donald J. Trump, emphasized that control of the Senate is at stake in Georgia’s January 5 runoffs.

“I am just really so pleased that the president is going to be on the ground January 4 in Dalton, Georgia to campaign for Senators Loeffler and Perdue,” Blackburn said. “Because, here is one of the things: with Raphael Warnock — who is a radical liberal, a Marxist and someone who has called for defunding the police — how can anyone in Georgia vote for him if they watched that press conference yesterday [regarding the Nashville bombing that occurred on Christmas] and see what good police work is and why we need to honor these men and women who are that thin blue line, who are our first responders?”

Blackburn’s comments also come after the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported this weekend, “Atlanta’s homicide count is the highest it’s been in more than two decades following a violent Christmas weekend that left three people dead across the city.”

Even with record violence in the Peach State’s largest city, Ossoff this year seemingly endorsed the “Defund the Police” agenda, saying funding for police departments should be “on the line.” Warnock, of course, has explicitly attacked police officers as “thugs” and “gangsters.”

For his part, Ossoff has additionally embraced the support of a number of radical individuals and groups who want to join him in that effort:

  • Ossoff has praised Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has said “defunding the police means defunding the police.”
  • Anti-police BLM PAC is bankrolling Ossoff and Warnock.
  • One of Ossoff’s top supporters, DeKalb County commissioner-elect Ted Terry, supports dismantling law enforcement organizations.

Since it was revealed earlier in December, however, that President-elect Joe Biden told progressive activists on a private phone call that they should conceal their agenda to defund the police until after January 5, Ossoff and Warnock have both fallen right in line, going completely quiet on the subject.

Yet, that leaked Biden phone call prompted sheriffs from across Georgia to take Ossoff and Warnock to task for their dangerous rhetoric.

In her Monday interview, Blackburn also brought up another major issue in the Peach State runoffs.

“And of course Jon Ossoff, who is running, has ties to China,” the Republican senator added. “He’s done business with a media company that is owned in part by the Chinese Communist Party. He didn’t tell the voters of Georgia about that before the primary, then had to go amend his [mandatory disclosure] forms — and then has tried to be back and forth as to what he got paid and if he got paid… And the Chinese Communist Party has been far too cozy with some of the Democrats [with] the Chinese spy ring, so we know Georgians are going to be watching that also.”

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Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at